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Visualizing Japan

I haven’t posted for a while. I have been engrossed in my most recent course which started on 3rd September and has recently finished.

Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity

Presented by: John Dower, Andrew Gordon, Shigeru Miyagawa, Gennifer Weisenfeld

A first-time MITx/HarvardX collaboration, VJx opens windows on Japan’s transition into the modern world through the historical visual record. The modules cover:

  • Use of visual records as primary sources for the study of history;
  • Black Ships & Samurai — Commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853-54 expedition to force Japan to open its doors to the outside world;
  • Social Protest in Imperial Japan: The Hibiya Riot of 1905 — the first major social protest in the age of “imperial democracy” in Japan;
  • Modernity in Interwar Japan: Shiseido & Consumer Culture — exploring the vast archives of the Shiseido cosmetics company opens a fascinating window on the emergence of consumer culture, modern roles for women, and global cosmopolitanism.