An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world

Academic Lead - Dr Simon Kaner 

Accreditation: Non-accredited

Level: Undergraduate

“We are hosting this innovative course to enthuse others with a passion for Japan; past, present and future.” - Dr Simon Kaner, Director of Centre for Japanese Studies, and Mami Mizutori, Special Advisor for Japanese Studies at UEA.

The significance of Japan today is based upon a fascinating past which informs the present in a multitude of ways. Japan is at the forefront of issues challenging human society in the 21st century, from demographics to sustainable development, and the impact of new technologies and advances in communication.

The course draws upon the Centre’s dedication to producing excellent interdisciplinary research on Japan and provides an introduction to generating a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Delivery will focus on stimulating discussion with contributions from a number of programme speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies.

This module is delivered by Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in partnership with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. 

Field trips may include:

Two day trips to London and Cambridge to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the Cambridge University Library. There is also likely to be some time spent off campus in Norwich at the Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

By the end of the module students will:

  • Be able to be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context. 
  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s history and geography. 
  • Have an appreciation of Japan’s significance within European society. 
  • Have enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studies in oral and written formats.


The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies. No specific prior knowledge is required, except a desire and willingness to learn and engage.


The application deadline for our Japan Orientation scholarships has now passed.

We have 15 Scholarships on offer for the Japan Orientation module. The Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) is supporting 12 funded places to applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures(SISJAC) is supporting 3 funded places for applicants from all other European countries. All Scholarships cover the International Summer School fee, a bursary to cover up to £250 of travel cost and academic field trips with transport. 

Please see our scholarship pages for further information and how to apply. The application deadline for Japan Orientation Scholarships is 31 March 2018. Please note you should first complete the International Summer School application form, before applying for the scholarship. 

Student Experience:

"With the interdisciplinary approach employed by UEA I’ve learned a lot of new things which relate to my studies that I haven’t considered before. Also, with students coming from different countries there was never a dull moment - everyone had something to add to our discussions" Bert, Hungary. Japan Orientation 2015

Further Studies:

Are you interested in further Japanese studies at UEA? Our Ishibashi Foundation Summer School in Japanese Art and Cultural Heritage starts directly after the end of this module, from 28 July - 18 August 2018. See our Ishibashi Foundation Summer School pages for further information.  

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