Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus
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Anonymity on 2 Channel

Anonymity on 2 Channel | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

2 channel (2ch or "nichan" in Japanese) is not only Japan's largest, but arguably the biggest online forum in the world today with one million posts a day (Furukawa) on more than 800 active boards (Bovee and Cvitkovic). You can find any kind of topic that you can think of, even vicious and horrific information about murders, weapons, drugs, and poison. What is this site is most known for in Japan is, however, not its enormous size, but the complete freedom of anonymous posting. Because of this anonymity, there is always a flood of libel and slander on the boards, among which some are brought to court for defamation and privacy infringement. Some users post a death threat and are reported to the police...

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Movie Review: Fargo and Blood Simple

Movie Review: Fargo and Blood Simple | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

The Coen brothers often make films that are categorized into crime movies.  Among them, Fargo (1996) received two Academy Awards (best actress and writing original screenplay) and a Cannes Film Festival Award (best director) and is considered one of their best movies. It has very unique characteristics, among which may even change the notion of the categorized genre as a crime movie. By comparing their first film Blood Simple (1984), its uniqueness becomes much clearer...

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Hatsune Miku: What comes next to Anime and Manga

Hatsune Miku: What comes next to Anime and Manga | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

The Internet has dramatically changed subculture scenes worldwide in the last decade. Even in the last five years, after various social networking websites have played an important role in networking people and establishing online communities, subculture fans have shared information and contents they like with others who love the same genre. Some have even created their own pieces such as music, videos, photos, and writings, and posted on their Facebook pages. In Japan, the same things happen, but in a bit different way...

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Haiku It Up

Haiku It Up | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

People often think that to express one's feeling in the 17 syllables is enough for making haiku, but it's not. The most basic concept of this poetic form is to resonate totally different imagery (often presented as nouns) and generate a new perspective/context/atmosphere/situation of the moment based on these imagery in the reader's mind. In a sense, it is like appreciating a scenery picture. To appreciate the piece, one has to know the connotations of the general/proper nouns used in the piece, which makes it difficult when it becomes international since the cultural backgrounds of the creator and the readers might be different and the readers cannot pick up the implicit meanings or nuances of the words...

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Representation of Japanese Culture in The Simpsons’ episode

Representation of Japanese Culture in The Simpsons’ episode | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

In The Simpsons' episodes, the family traveled to Japan several times and experienced a variety of cultural gaps there. Their experience is depicted with irony and exaggeration, and often become a little too aggressive toward the targeted Japanese and their culture. The episodes clearly show how average American audience perceives Japan and its culture...

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Art or Child Porn: Analysis on Japanese and English Media Coverage

Art or Child Porn: Analysis on Japanese and English Media Coverage | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Many artists have battled with social norms throughout history all over the world. Contemporary artists especially shock spectators and question their moral standards in their exhibitions. In January 2013, a Japanese contemporary artist Makoto Aida and the Mori Art Museum, which hosted his art exhibition "Aida Makoto: Monument for Nothing," received a letter of protest from a feminist group saying that his works are child pornography and injure the dignity of women. Both Japanese and the U.S. media reported the news in various ways...

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Identity Managgement on the Internet

Identity Managgement on the Internet | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Regarding the online representation of oneself, there are interesting comments in the anthropological paper titled "Facework on Facebook: The presentation of self in virtual life and its role in the US elections." What is said in here is that Facebook or Myspace forced the users to show all of your social relationships with your friends, family, and co-workers to the world. They didn’t allow public / private separation at the time when this article was released in 2008. This identity policy came from the philosophy of Mark Zuckerberg, who is the founder of Facebook. He once said that each person has to have a single identity online...

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Theatrical Experience of Bunraku

Theatrical Experience of Bunraku | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Bunraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre founded in 1684. Its style had developed and finally completed in the 1730s. The plays have been performed exactly in the same way since then. This unique Japanese theatre reveals totally different meanings to today's audience especially when it is seen from the Western theatrical point of view. Referring to Donald Keene, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag, this paper explores how a bunraku play is constructed with various audio and visual elements and analyzes how the audience perceptually recomposes them into a play and appreciates it...

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Into the Camp: Theatrical Analysis of Jean Michel Bruyère’s Le Préau d’un Seul

Into the Camp: Theatrical Analysis of Jean Michel Bruyère’s Le Préau d’un Seul | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Since 2008, the French artist Jean Michel Bruyère and his group LFKs have held an installation-style theatre called Le Préau d'un Seul various times mainly in Europe. In 2012, they had their performance as a part of the program of a performing art festival in Tokyo. In this paper, I would like to review their performance through my own theatrical experience and analyze what it meant to do the performance in today's Tokyo with the help of a French postmodernist Jean-François Lyotard's theory...

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Web-driven Social Activism in Japan

Web-driven Social Activism in Japan | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

As more people become constantly connected online through computers and mobile devices in the last few years, more social demonstrations and protests have been organized and done all over the world with the help of the Internet. The situation is the same in Japan. There have been many social demonstrations and protests organized with the help of various social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Nico Nico Douga, IRC, and 2channel. Japanese web-driven activism has its unique characteristics. Participants tend to hide their real identities and keep anonymous while participating in protests and activities...

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Deciphering a Sequence of A Page of Madness

Deciphering a Sequence of A Page of Madness | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Kinugasa Teinosuke's A Page of Madness (1926) is now known as the first avant-garde silent film made in Japan. Besides its unique cinematographic style (no intertitles) and strange story (about a family at a lunatic asylum), it involves various intellectuals in its production including the novelist Kawabata Yasunari in the context of a new literary movement emerging at the time. Above all, the film had been missing for almost half a century...

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Structural Analysis of Ozu’s Good Morning

Structural Analysis of Ozu’s Good Morning | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Good Morning (Ohayo) is Ozu Yasujiro's second color film made in 1959 nearly at the end of his career. In 1983, a critic/scholar of French literature Hasumi Shigehiko wrote a book about him and his films. Unfortunately, although Hasumi occasionally refers to the film title, he does not write much about Good Morning in his book. In this paper, I would like to analyze the narrative structure of Good Morning more in detail using Hasumi's and Roland Barthes' theoretical terms of narratology, and illustrate the rich narratological structure of the film...

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Deciphering Softbank Ad

Deciphering Softbank Ad | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

First, let's see each character in the ad again. Two Japanese women (young and elder) are easily considered as a mother and daughter since the sales copies on the left suggest it. Then why is a black male actor casted as the brother of a family? Does it mean anything to ordinary Japanese viewers? Is there any racial or unconsciously racist perception involved in this ad? In regard to this topic, I happened to read an academic paper that deals with the racial representation in this Softbank ad...

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Movie Review: Rashomon

Movie Review: Rashomon | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

A classic film still gives the audience today the strong senses of originality and sharpness it has even if it is black-and-white and was made a few decades ago. Rashomon (1950) directed by Akira Kurosama is one of them that had a huge impact on the audience and filmmakers all around the world after it received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951 and the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 1952. Today the film is considered as a classic not only by its content, but also by its composition of the story line...

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Movie Review: Steven Soderbergh's Art-house Films

Movie Review: Steven Soderbergh's Art-house Films | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Steven Soderbergh is one of the most successful directors in the U.S. today. On the other hand, he also continues to direct many experimental films with non famous actors or amateurs with small budgets. This type of films includes Sex, Lies and Videotape, Full Frontal (2002), Equilibrium (2004. One of the three short films in a movie Eros), and The Girlfriend Experience (2009). In these four art-house independent films, Soderbergh not only used unconventional cinematography, but also continues to focus on a particular theme --- exploring ambiguous and unstable relationship between a man and a woman...

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Users' different participating styles on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga

Users' different participating styles on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Compared to YouTube users, Japan's Nico Nico Douga users are more likely to be involved in social media activities without revealing themselves, which leads them to generate unique and interesting pieces of work of their own by focusing more on imaginary characters or characterizing themselves. Here I'd like to illustrate it by examining how the users play with a song and create their own videos...

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Movie Review: Stranger Than Paradise

Movie Review: Stranger Than Paradise | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Jim Jarmusch's second movie Stranger Than Paradise (1984) is often seen as a "deadpan comedy" or "wry humor" mainly because all the characters do not talk much. Even if they talk, they often fail to communicate with each other. On the other hand, the movie is also considered as "Downtown Cool" or "streetwise naturalism." These humor and coolness come mainly from the cinematography and the character's settings in the film. Overall the film clearly creates the "deadpan" atmosphere and shows the isolated situation of each character by breaking one of the conventional rules of general movies...

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Crisis Communication Practices of Japan's Government Right after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Crisis Communication Practices of Japan's Government Right after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

This paper explores what the Japanese government had done for public relations right after a huge earthquake that hit the northeastern part of Japan in 2011. More specifically, its media management in three different media categories (mass, social, and international media) is to be examined in detail with two investigation reports recently published on the crisis, several official documents, and some scholarly works on crisis management. Actual management practices by the government such as the frequency of the Prime Minister's press conference and its uses of Twitter and Facebook during the crisis are to be examined in detail...

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What Would Jane Jacobs Think If She Saw the Process of Building Roppongi Hills?

What Would Jane Jacobs Think If She Saw the Process of Building Roppongi Hills? | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Roppongi Hills, a mega-complex that covers 11.6 hectares of the area in Tokyo, is often mentioned as one of the largest and most successful city renewal projects that have ever been made after World War II in Japan. The project started in 1984 and took about 17 years to complete. The plan involved the city government, the land developer Mori Building Co., and the residents living in the construction area. Just to reach agreements with 500 right holders, the company had spent over 15 years. The concept of the renewal plan seems totally opposite from that of Jane Jacobs, but there is a point in the history of this Roppongi renewal plan that is equivalent to her philosophy...

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Copyright Issue on TPP

Copyright Issue on TPP | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

While a controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act is going on and the copyright laws are defined and more controlled not by the government but by private companies in the U.S., a similar thing also happens in Japan. In the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between ten countries, the U.S. Government tries to strongly push its copyright policy on the other countries based on its national interests. Japanese Government recently announced to join the TPP although there is strong opposition by the public for a fear that domestic industries such as medical services and agriculture would be wiped out by foreign companies and investors...

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International News Reports Now and Then

International News Reports Now and Then | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

Information technology has changed how newspapers report the stories in dramatic ways. In this blog post, I'm going to compare the first reports of the New York Times on two big earthquakes that occurred in Japan in 1923 and 2011. By examining how the same topic was reported in the same newspaper now and then, the differences of the media environments in the early 20th and 21st century clearly show how information technology has changed (and not changed) news writing styles...

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Identity Politics at an Academic Seminar on Campus

Identity Politics at an Academic Seminar on Campus | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

A university is a place where a student isolates oneself from the ‘real world’ and cultivates oneself for an academic purpose. At the same time, one can see competition and power politics below the surface among the students. Thus exploring an academic community is interesting in that one can observe the students struggling for their impression management. Based on my fieldwork at an academic seminar held at the Japan campus of an American university in Tokyo, I would like to examine and illustrate how an American undergraduate student in an American university tried to represent himself as a member of minority groups and to be accepted as a member of an intellectual American community in a foreign country.

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Need Sushi Police Abroad?

Need Sushi Police Abroad? | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

When the Japan's Ministry of Agriculture announced that they planned to certify authentic Japanese restaurants overseas in November 2006, many foreign media including The Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Independent reported it and criticized the attempt with the strong words like "sushi police." It was also condemned by the chefs around the world as "meaningless." This news drew so much attention that one of the officials of the Japan's Foreign Ministry had to admit finally that it became a "PR catastrophe..."

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Analysis on the Communication Process in the Prime Minister's Office during the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Analysis on the Communication Process in the Prime Minister's Office during the Fukushima Nuclear Accident | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

People can learn much from the experience of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan. Japan's government faced a desperate situation and went through an extremely difficult time to deal with the crisis. A year after the disaster, an investigation report was released by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident. In this report, the Commission members interviewed more than 300 people who were involved in the crisis including the top government officials such as Prime Minister at the time Naoto Kan. In here, what had actually happened at the Prime Minister's Office in the first week of the crisis is described in detail...

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The Concept of Nerdiness in Digital Age

The Concept of Nerdiness in Digital Age | Assignments Done at Temple University Japan Campus | Scoop.it

In the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerburg is called "a nerd" by his girlfriend Erica Albright when they break up at the beginning of the movie. Indeed, Mark is described totally as a nerd throughout this movie.  In this article, two preceding studies of nerds are to be examined first, and some more aspects of nerds that are not mentioned in these two researches are also to be examined to see how the situation and meanings of a nerd may have changed in the digital age...

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