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JAPAN 453 A: Fifth-Year Japanese III

big bento boxes full of Japanese food
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
CDH 110
Itsuko Nishikawa

Syllabus Description:

This course is scheduled to run synchronously at your scheduled class time via Zoom. These Zoom class sessions will be recorded. The recording will capture the presenter’s audio, video and computer screen. Student audio and video will be recorded if they share their computer audio and video during the recorded session. The recordings will only be accessible to students enrolled in the course to review materials. These recordings will not be shared with or accessible to the public.

The University and Zoom have FERPA-compliant agreements in place to protect the security and privacy of UW Zoom accounts. Students who do not wish to be recorded should:

  • Change their Zoom screen name to hide any personal identifying information such as their name or UW Net ID, and
  • Not share their computer audio or video during their Zoom sessions.

The instructor of this course suggests that those who do not wish to be recorded use their name in katakana on their Zoom screen. 


コース概要 Syllabus

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Course Description 

This course is designed for students who have taken fourth-year modern Japanese courses or have an equivalent background in Japanese. This quarter, students will further develop their language skills through studying topics of food in Japan. The instructor introduces various aspects of food culture, after which students research in order to share and obtain a deeper understanding. Topics that will be introduced by the instructor are:

  • history of food,
  • religious aspects of food,
  • consciousness toward food,
  • food in education, and
  • food distribution. 

Students will also find a topic of their own interest and share it with the class.



Instructor’s consent.  Students who possess proficiency equivalent to completion of three quarters of Japanese at the 400 level may enroll.


Japanese Major and Minor Requirements

This course is a language class that counts toward the Japanese major and minor.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • gain comprehensive knowledge on the food of Japan
  • be able to conduct research in Japanese
  • be able to provide summaries and reflections on topics discussed
  • be able to share findings and thoughts and discuss them
  • develop vocabulary related to food


Required Materials

  • Japanese-capable laptop or tablet for in-class use. If you do not own one, please contact the Student Technology Loan Program (
  • Access to Canvas, on which most course materials will be uploaded.
Catalog Description: 
Builds advanced language skills beyond fourth-year Japanese, using authentic readings and media.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
March 3, 2020 - 10:00pm