Spring 2021's virtual international experience offers a variety of opportunities for cadets who are eager to learn more about Japan. This course was approved for spring semester 2021 to meet the IE requirement for graduation.

MPM195-1 TSGB/ Intl Exp ­– Special Topics

The following elements are scheduled to be included in the course:

  • Virtual visits to and research on businesses, organizations, and cultural sites
  • “Walks” through areas of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and other locations
  • Regular Zoom meetings with partners at Tokyo University of Maritime Science and Technology, and Kobe University Maritime Sciences
  • A series of eight films depicting historical eras and current culture *
  • Articles in English on current issues
  • Business protocol and social norms of etiquette
  • Excerpts from classical and contemporary literature **
  • A series of basic practical Japanese language sessions
  • Zoom interviews and presentations by professionals in Japan. 


* The films include the following:

  • Rashomon
  • Seven Samurai 
  • Twilight Samurai
  • Departures 
  • Like Father Like Son
  • Our Little Sister
  • I Wish
  • Lost in Translation

** Readings from Japanese literature:

  • The Tale of Genji,  by Murasaki Shikibu
  • Sarashina Diary,  unknown
  • Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
  • An Account of My Hut,  Kamo no Chomei
  • The Tale of the Heike, unknown
  • Narrow Road to Oku, Matsuo Basho
  • Botchan, Natsume Soseki
  • In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki
  • IQ84,  Haruki Murakami
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
  • Convenience Store Woman,  Sayaka Murata


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