”Visualizing Postwar Tokyo”(Info)


Dear Friends and Colleagues

(Please circulate this announcement to your friends and students.)

I am Shunya Yoshimi from the University of Tokyo. Please excuse me for contacting you suddenly.

This autumn, my courses, "Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1 & 2" will be released on edX, a massive open online course (MOOC) platform where the University of Tokyo recently joined.

Visualing Postwar Tokyo Course Websites:


These courses are in the series, Visualizing Japan, and will be offered immediately after the first course in the series, Visualizing Japan (1850s - 1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity, by Professors John W. Dower (MIT) and Andrew Gordon (Harvard U).

In the "Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1 and 2" which last 8 weeks in total, I tried to show many documentary films and other insightful/exciting visual materials for visualizing the historical events and places in Tokyo. Many of them are not available outside Japan, and I believe these courses are
useful for teaching and understanding contemporary Japan and Tokyo.

I would really appreciate it if you could circulate the course information and recommend people around you to register in these courses.
They are free of charge. Thank you very much for your help in advance.

With My Best Regards,

Shunya Yoshimi, The University of Tokyo

Details are as follows:

★★★ Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 1 ★★★
by Shunya Yoshimi, University of Tokyo

    【Starts November 4, 2014】

Analyzes the history of change and development in postwar Tokyo from different perspectives using archived photographs, films, and TV programs.
The modules include, for Part 1:

1. Occupation and Americanism;
2. Imperial Gaze and Royal Wedding;
3. The Olympic City;
4. Economic-cultural Clash in Shinjuku.


★★★ Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 2 ★★★
by Shunya Yoshimi, University of Tokyo

     【Starts January 6, 2015】

Presents the city as a place of visualities. In postwar Tokyo, countless gazes fell upon others: gazes from and upon Americans and the Emperor, gazes going up skyscrapers or rushing aggressively through the cityscape, and gazes twining among classes, genders, and ethnic groups in downtown Tokyo.
The modules include, for Part 2:

5. Technologies for Visualizing;
6. The Poor and the Margins of Urban Society;
7. University Students and Knowledge Industry;
8. Postwar Tokyo and the Limits of Visualization.


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

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

      【Starts September 3, 2014】

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, andglobal cosmopolitanism.