Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity

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This MITx course was developed in collaboration with HarvardX and is co-taught by MIT and Harvard historians. You will examine Japanese history in a new way—through the images created by those who were there—and the skills and questions involved in reading history through images in the digital format. The introductory module considers methodologies historians use to “visualize” the past, followed by three modules that explore the themes of Westernization, in Commodore Perry’s 1853-54 expedition to Japan; social protest, in Tokyo’s 1905 Hibiya Riot; and modernity, as seen in the archives of the major Japanese cosmetics company, Shiseido.

VJx will cover the following topics in four modules:

  • Module 0: Introduction: New Historical Sources for a Digital Age (Professors Dower, Gordon, Miyagawa). Digitization has dramatically altered historians' access to primary sources, making large databases of the visual record readily accessib...

This MITx course was developed in collaboration with HarvardX and is co-taught by MIT and Harvard historians. You will examine Japanese history in a new way—through the images created by those who were there—and the skills and questions involved in reading history through images in the digital format. The introductory module considers methodologies historians use to “visualize” the past, followed by three modules that explore the themes of Westernization, in Commodore Perry’s 1853-54 expedition to Japan; social protest, in Tokyo’s 1905 Hibiya Riot; and modernity, as seen in the archives of the major Japanese cosmetics company, Shiseido.

VJx will cover the following topics in four modules:

  • Module 0: Introduction: New Historical Sources for a Digital Age (Professors Dower, Gordon, Miyagawa). Digitization has dramatically altered historians' access to primary sources, making large databases of the visual record readily accessible. How is historical methodology changing in response to this seismic shift? How can scholars, students, and the general public make optimal use of these new digital resources?
  • Module 1: Black Ships & Samurai (Professor Dower). Commodore Matthew Perry's 1853-54 expedition to force Japan to open its doors to the outside world is an extraordinary moment to look at by examining and comparing the visual representations left to us by both the American and Japanese sides of this encounter. This module also addresses the rapid Westernization undertaken by Japan in the half century following the Perry mission.
  • Module 2: Social Protest in Imperial Japan: The Hibiya Riot of 1905 (Professor Gordon). The dramatic daily reports from participants in the massive "Hibiya Riot" in 1905, the first major social protest in the age of "imperial democracy" in Japan, offer a vivid and fresh perspective on the contentious domestic politics of an emerging imperial power.
  • Module 3: Modernity in Interwar Japan: Shiseido & Consumer Culture (Professors Dower, Gordon, Weisenfeld). Exploring the vast archives of the Shiseido cosmetics company opens a fascinating window on the emergence of consumer culture, modern roles for women, and global cosmopolitanism from the 'teens through the 1920s and even into the era of Japanese militarism and aggression in the 1930s. This module will also tap other Visualizing Cultures units on modernization and modernity.

The course is based on the MIT "Visualizing Cultures" website devoted to image-driven research on Japan and China since the 19th century (visualizingcultures.mit.edu). VJx is part of an expanding set of offerings in the Visualizing Japan XSeries. We will be offering two new courses in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Visualizing US Imperialism & the Philippines (VPx) based on turn of the 20th century cartoons and photographs; and Visualizing the Birth of Modern Tokyo (VTx), a study of the “100 Views” of Tokyo. the new courses from MITx, which will accompany our existing courses, VJx and UTokyo001x: Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, by University of Tokyo.

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For MIT students: VJx will continue to be part of 21F.027J Visualizing Japan in the Modern World, a residential course taught by Professor Miyagawa in Fall semesters.

In addition to MITx and HarvardX, this project is supported by the U.S. Japan Foundation, the University of Tokyo, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University.

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3 years, 5 months ago
Amazing course. I like the way the professor provided the materials. Their explanation is very insightful and inspiring. Good job!
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3 years, 6 months ago
Interesting lecture, great opportunity to understand and literally "visualize" modern Japan. This lecture would make you understand how Japan became one of the leading countries in early 20th century and break some of the stereotype about the country.
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3 years, 8 months ago
This was a very interesting course with a lot of content to explore, the instructors clearly have a passion for the topic and motivate the student to go further in exploring the topics that are taught. I recommend this course to anyone who want to learn more about Japanese history and even person with knowledge about it, since the visual records presented here are a really valuable source of information that you can't learn just from reading. Great job!
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3 years, 9 months ago
Excelente. La exposición gráfica que se hace de la historia moderna de Japón es sorprendentemente asimilable. Recomendado.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
This one was my first course and it was a unique experience! The instructors are experts and the content full of interesting information. I learnt how important and useful -for the history research- is the observation of little details in visualizations.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
So far I am learning a good bit from this course. The instructors are experts in the field and have good insights that are formed by tons of experience in the field. The only feedback I have is some of the visualizations used in the course were used many times and sometimes it became repetitive.
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3 years, 11 months ago
This course is well worth the time. It has a nice exposure to the history of Japan. I am only sad that due to internet where I am that I was unable to finish.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Interesting and entertaining course, for me as a European with technical education, full of new information. Unfortunately only a limited time slice of the history of Japan. Nevertheless the format of the course (history through the painting) is unique. Fully recommended.
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4 years, 7 months ago
It is a good example of the value of MOOC's for mass learning. Their effective use of visual learning tools makes this a interesting learning experience about the recent history of Japan. They state upfront that they can't cover all aspects of recent history and in fact the events covered is quite limited but they do an good job for the key events that they do cover and provide the opportunity to examine period paintings, etc. at a detail previously unavailable to the general public.
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4 years, 7 months ago
The BEST Mooc I have sampled, out of about 10. The most engaging professor, the best visuals. THANKS for making this prize winner of a MOOC!
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4 years, 9 months ago
I learned a LOT during this course. It helped dispel numerous misconceptions about Japan as well. It was a breath of fresh air.
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4 years, 10 months ago
This was the most interesting educational experience I have ever had, both inside and outside a classroom. Well done. I highly recommend Professor Dower's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Embracing Defeat."
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4 years, 11 months ago
Hello! I am a Professor at the Federal University of Amazonas - Brazil. Working with Haruki Murakami and aspects of Japanese Culture. Furthermore, I appreciate the work of Murasaki Shikibu. I have a lot of expectations in this course. Best Regards.
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4 years, 11 months ago
Hello, I have always been fascinated by the Japanese civilization, I read some authors from this country as Kawabata and Haruki Murakami to name few. I hope that this course will give us a new insight of Japan. Best regards
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5 years, 1 month ago
With the growing relationship of my native country with Japan and increasing no. of articles on its atrocities I am keen to learn about Japans past
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Although we are neighbors with Japan, I do feel the lack of knowledge about Japan. I hope I could learn a new perspective and better understanding on Japan from this course. Looking forward to it.
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