Japanese

With more than 125 million native speakers, Japanese is the eighth most widely spoken language in the world and the national language of a world economic powerhouse. Japanese is also the vehicle of a literary culture spanning thirteen centuries. The eleventh-century Tale of Genji, for example, is reckoned among the classics of world literature. In the twentieth century, two Japanese writers, Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburô Ôe, have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Japanese has also taken its place among the world's great languages of science, technology, and commerce.

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington offers a wide range of courses in Japanese, including courses for beginners, intensive summer courses, and a multi-track advanced language program that includes training in classical Japanese and sino-Japanese. The department also offers courses on Japanese literature, both in translation for non-Japanese speakers and in the original for advanced students of the language, and linguistics.

Please see the UW Course Catalog for course descriptions and Courses for class offerings per quarter.

The textbooks for Japanese Language instruction can be acquired through the University Bookstore. These are the current textbooks:

  • First-year Japanese (Japan 111-112-113, & Summer Intensive Japanese 134): Genki 1, including Textbook and Workbook (2nd Edition, published in 2011).
  • Second-year Japanese (Japan 211-212-213, & Summer Intensive Japanese 234): Genki 2, including Textbook and Workbook (2nd Edition, published in 2011).
  • Third-year Japanese (Japan 311-312-313, & Summer Intensive Japanese 334): Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese, including Textbook and Workbook (1st Edition, published in 2009)

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Professor and Department Chair
Associate Professor
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Part-time Lecturer
Assistant Professor, Japanese Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Senior Lecturer, Japanese Language Coordinator
Amy Ohta
Associate Professor
Senior Lecturer

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Adjunct Associate Professor; Associate Professor of Linguistics
Professor and Department Chair
Associate Professor
Graduate Student in Japanese, Teaching Assistant in Japanese, Department Student Representative
Image of Jyana Browne
Part-time Lecturer
Doctoral Candidate in Japanese Language and Literature, Japanese Teaching Assistant
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Graduate Student in Japanese
Genevieve Hill
Graduate Student in Japanese, Teaching Assistant in Japanese
Lecturer
Assistant Professor, Japanese Program Coordinator
Y. Kaminishi
Graduate Student Comparative Literature
Doctoral Student in Japanese, Teaching Assistant in Japanese
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
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Graduate Student in Japanese Linguisitcs, Teaching Assistant in Japanese
Graduate Student in Buddhist Studies, GPSS Representative
Senior Lecturer, Japanese Language Coordinator
Senior Lecturer
Amy Ohta
Associate Professor
Senior Lecturer
Sayo
Graduate Student in Japanese, Teaching Assistant in Japanese
A. Steel
Graduate Student in Japanese
Michiko Urita
Teaching Assistant in Japanese