Visualizing Japan




Last updated on June 18, 2024 10:16 am

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What you will learn

  • Methodologies to “visualize” Japanese history between the 1850s and 1930s
  • An understanding of Westernization, social protest, modernity in Japanese history through digital imagery
  • Strategies for learning — and teaching — history through visual sources
  • Noteworthy factors which promoted the development and change of Tokyo in the postwar period, such as the U.S. occupation and Tokyo Olympic Games
  • The dynamic exchange of gazes in postwar Tokyo from different perspectives

Program Overview

This 3-course XSeries examines the modern history of Japan, from the 1850s to 1930s, as well as that of postwar Tokyo through the rich historical visual records.

The first course, “Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity,” considers methodologies historians use to “visualize” the past and look into some historical events such as Commodore Perry’s 1853-54 expedition to Japan and Tokyo’s 1905 Hibiya Riot. It also examines modernity, as seen in the archives of the major Japanese cosmetics company, Shiseido.

The second and third courses, Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Parts 1 & 2, focus on the changes and developments of Tokyo after World War II, as well as the gazes exchanged in postwar Tokyo, as a place of visualities.

This XSeries gives a great overview of Japan’s transition into the modern world and the transformation of postwar Tokyo.

Courses in this program

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

    A MITx/HarvardX collaboration, this course explores Japan’s transition into the modern world through the historical visual record.

Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1

Analyze the history of change and development in postwar Tokyo from different perspectives using archived photographs, films, and TV programs.

Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 2

Identify the technologies and people historically involved in the practice of “visualizing postwar Tokyo.”

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