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


Special Guest Speaker: Daisuke Sakai

Friday, April 15th, 2022 7:30pm Thwing 101 Join us as we talk to Daisuke Sakai, the creator of the manga Gori-sen. He will be talking about his experiences and life in general as a manga artist, including the success of his series. He will also discuss topics such as his prospects for the future,...

Japanese studies major student wins first place at Japanese speech contest

Three students from CWRU competed in the annual Japan-America Society of Central Ohio Online Japanese Speech Contest on March 20, 2022: Sydney Olney (Japanese studies major), Tianyin Chan (Japanese studies major) and Thang Tran (from the Advanced Japanese II class) Sydney Olney presented the speech, “Empowering Non-Binary/Transgender Youth in...

Online Manga Sensation: Initial Gori-Sen posting went viral on Twitter!

Online Manga Sensation: Initial Gori-Sen posting went viral on Twitter! Date: Apr 19, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) To receive the zoom meeting address, please contact: yukiko.nishida@case.edu  


Guest Lecture by Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori

The Triple Bonds: Yoshinaka and Kanehira's Last Moments as Lord/Vassal, Milk Brothers, and Lovers in Heike monogatari Guest Lecture by Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 pm EST In this lecture, Dr. Schmidt-Hori (Dartmouth College) will offer an innovative re-reading of the "Death of Lord Kiso" chapter of the medieval Japanese military epic, Heike monogatari (The...

CWRU Japanese Minor Jeanna Lopez (’21) to participate in CMA Desktop Dialogues

Storytelling in Japanese Art Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 p.m. EST  How do you “read” an image? Join Andrew Cappetta, curator Sinéad Vilbar, and CMA intern Jeanna Lopez for a close examination of an illustrated handscroll of the family drama The Saltmaker’s Story (Bunshō Zōshi). Vilbar and Lopez reveal the meaning of important narrative...

Mark Hornyak (CWRU ’20) places first in 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest and is accepted to the JET program

Mark Hornyak won first-place at the college level at the 2020 Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) Japanese Speech Contest. The speech contest is held in Columbus, Ohio annually by JASCO and was held online in April, 2020. His speech was titled, “Military Rations: The Taste of a Nation.” Mark...

New course for Spring 2021!

Love and Loss: Reading The Tale of Genji JAPN (JAPANESE) 337/WLIT (World Literature) 337 Instructor: Beth M. Carter Open to undergraduate students Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji (c. 1000 CE), the great Japanese classic often referred to as "the world's first novel," has been praised by countless readers and scholars since it was first circulated...

Beth Carter presented at the “Women X Women” Workshop at Dartmouth

On October 17, 2020, Beth Carter presented her paper, "Weeping and wailing: female homosocial mourning in The Tale of Genji" by invitation at the <Women X Women> Workshop at Dartmouth.


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!

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