July 2nd, Thursday
Japan Studies : Lecture on Japanese Fashion
SSIP participants started out the morning with a lecture by Reiko Koga on the evolution of Japanese fashion and the increasingly popular concept of “kawaii”. She explained to the participants about the spread of “kawaii” as it originated from various popular women’s magazines to becoming a worldwide phenomenon recognized in just about everywhere! She concluded the lecture with an interesting explanation of “yurakyara”, otherwise known mascot characters as an extension of the “kawaii” movement.
After lunch, the students joined Professor Masaharu Kuhara’s class to learn about the gloablization of Japanese business. By comparing human resource management and company strategies of both American and Japanese countries, the students were able to understand deeper theoretical concepts of business, and also discuss how corporate strategies of different nations are reflections of their cultural surroundings. Some Japanese students gave presentations to us about the readings Professor Kuhara had given, and additionally the students were able to learn a lot about the Japanese economy– both its strengths and current issues.
For the last lecture of the day, the students gathered back to the Global Lounge to learn about the history and aspects of Japanese Religion. The lecture covered traditions of religious rituals, behaviors, and explored the significance of religion in contemporary Japanese society.