Accepting applicationsDelving into Japanese Folklore

In this lecture, we will delve into the Japanese folktale "Momotaro," unraveling the mystery surrounding the peach-born hero and his quest to vanquish the ogres. We will begin by examining the myths and legends associated with peaches, and then investigate the evolution and regional variations of the "Momotaro" story. Folktales offer not only entertainment but also a wealth of cultural insights, accumulated over time through the process of oral tradition. In this course, we will dissect "Momotaro" from various perspectives, unraveling the hidden mysteries embedded within the narrative.

Naomi TAKAHASHI/ Professor, Faculty of Design for Welfare Society, Toyo University

Graduated from the Department of Japanese Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Gunma Prefectural Women's University. Completed the Master's Program in Education at Gunma University (Master of Education). Completed all coursework for the doctoral program in the Graduate School of Literature at Toyo University but left before obtaining the degree. Specializes in Kenji Miyazawa and Enryo Inoue. After moving from the Faculty of International Regional Studies to the Faculty of Life Design at Toyo University, currently belongs to the Department of Child Support in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Design at Toyo University. Has been in charge of international students for over 30 years, including part-time lecturing. Currently teaches a course on "Japanese Affairs II" for international students at the Hakusan Campus.

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Course outline

Lecture nameDelving into Japanese Folklore
Date and timeNovember 02, 2024 (Saturday) , 01:00 PM (JST) 〜 November 02, 2024 (Saturday) , 02:30 PM (JST)
Lecturer Naomi TAKAHASHI
Professor, Faculty of Design for Welfare Society, Toyo University
TargetJapanese proficiency equivalent to JLPT N2 or above
* Participation from abroad is highly welcomed.
* All courses will be conducted in Japanese only.
Capacity1,000 participants per lecture (first-come-first-served basis)
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Application periodJune 10, 2024 (Monday) , 12:00 AM (JST) ~ November 01, 2024 (Friday) , 11:59 PM (JST)
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