International Fellow Rina Okada

Ms. Rina Okada

Rina Okada, the International Fellow for Japanese Studies, is a wonderful asset to William & Mary. Students enjoy her enthusiasm and compassion both in class and in the Japanese Language House. This summer, she will teach a Japanese Intermediate’s course. Ms. Okada is a native of Kyoto, one of Japan’s oldest cities. She enjoys sharing… Read More

Japanese Studies Program Showcases Student Achievement with its first Senior Thesis Colloquium

Kayla Zanders: My research displayed Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s famed opposition to modernism through a detailed analysis of his novel Quicksand. Using sources such as Alyssa Faison’s Modern Girls on the Go and Miriam Silverberg’s Erotic Grotesque Nonsense, I analyzed the key factors of Japan’s transition into modernism as they related to the Modern Girl, as well as the reception amongst Japanese citizens of the time, in comparison to Tanizaki’s portrayal to highlight his pessimistic view of modern life.

  The Zoom event featured presentations from five students. William & Mary’s Japanese Studies program was proud to host its first Senior Thesis Colloquium on Thursday, April 30. The hour-long Zoom presentation, originally slated to occur on campus, featured the research of five seniors who are members of the inaugural cohort of the Japanese Studies… Read More

Japanese Studies Celebrates First Majors!

Graduates, family, friends, and guests on Zoom

William & Mary’s Japanese Studies Program proudly honored the first cohort of students in its new major, as well as other students who have exhibited exceptional academic excellence, during a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.  The students celebrated their milestones with peers, William & Mary faculty, and 35 guests, including included family and friends. Mr. Yosuke Sato,… Read More

Margot Baden Receives 2020 Japanese Book Prize

Margot Baden

Margot Baden, the Modern Languages and Literature Book Prize winner for overall excellence in the Japanese Studies program, has displayed exemplary academic and extracurricular achievements. A Japanese Studies and International Relations double major, she strives to deepen her understanding of Japanese culture, history, language, and politics. Ms. Baden decided to pursue Japanese Studies after participating… Read More

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