Welcome to the Japanese program at Case Western Reserve University

In addition to offering three levels of Japanese language courses, we have expanded our English language courses on Japanese literature, culture, and linguistics. New course offerings include Love and Loss: Reading the Tale of Genji,  The World of Manga, Constructing the Samurai, and Origins of Anime. Students majoring/minoring in Japanese Studies develop the ability to understand, speak, read, and write the language and acquire an understanding of the culture, including literature, film, and theatre.

Highlighted Courses

Japanese Studies Courses

Learning Japanese

Learning Materials

Learning materials to study the Japanese language

Conversation Club @CWRU

Japanese Conversation Club

Practice your Japanese language skills

Study Abroad

Explore Japan

Learn about cultures and activities in Japan


Japanese Student Awarded Scholarship

Junlong Kwan, a fourth-year Japanese studies major who will study abroad at Temple University Japan this spring, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.

MLA 2023 Convention

Dr. Beth Carter Presents at the MLA 2023 Convention

On January 7, 2023 Beth M. Carter presented her paper, "Weeping, Wailing, and Writhing: Corporeal Performance of Mourning in Eighth-Century Texts” at the 2023 conference of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) in San Francisco.


We publish Japanese Studies Program Newsletter every month. Would you like to write your own article to share your love of Japan, its culture and society? Do you want to share your favorite anime, manga, video games, novels, sports, etc.? Or share student activities, events and other interesting information? Please do!

Here are back number archives you can read.