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Japan: The Living Tradition

Ideal for Grades: Secondary / College
Duration: Fourteen 30-minute episodes
©1978 University of Mid America

The Japan: The Living Tradition series examines the pre-modern history and traditional culture of Japan. The programs, produced by the University of Mid-America in 1976 for high school through adult audiences, are designed to introduce Americans to Japanese history and culture which is still tightly interwoven into the fabric of modern Japanese society. The episodes are a blend of on-location scenes filmed in Japan and archive footage.

Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer, senior advisor during the development of the series says “These episodes offer an understanding of Japan, and its history and culture, which would otherwise take years of study and residence in Japan to acquire. I know of nothing else which so clearly and dramatically conveys a realistic impression of Japan as it has evolved through the years."

Japan: The Changing Tradition is a companion series of sixteen, 30-minute episodes that examintes Japanese history from first contct with the west in the 1500's to the 1970s Click here for more information.

Japan: The Land and Its People is a related series of twelve 30-minute episodes that looks at Japanese society, business, festivals, family structure and more.
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Rights granted with purchase include: a) life of media audiovisual use, b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission.

Course Packs (all episodes on three DVDs in a single case) may be purchased for $25.00 each, plus 7% (minimum $5.00) shipping and handling. They are ideal when students are required to view all or most of the episodes independently. Course Packs are only available to institutions that have purchased the complete series or have licensed broadcast, cablecast or telecourse rights. Email slenzen@shopdei.com for details.

Click on the individual episode details below to learn more!

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The Japanese Part I
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The Japanese Part I
A Japanese family living in a suburb of Tokyo.
The Japanese Part II
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The Japanese Part II
Japan’s location and physical resources effect its history and culture.
Early Japan, Part I
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Early Japan, Part I
Forces that shaped the Japanese people.
Early Japan, Part II
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Early Japan, Part II
The Heian Period (794-1184 A.D.) and the spread of Buddhism.
Feudal Experience, Part I
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Feudal Experience, Part I
Japan was a feudal nation for nearly 700 years.
Feudal Experience, Part II
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Feudal Experience, Part II
Military heroes bring about peace and solve rivalries.
Visual Arts, Part I
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Visual Arts, Part I
Wood - the dominant material of Japanese art.
Visual Arts, Part II
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Visual Arts, Part II
The role of clay, fiber and metal in Japanese art.
Literature, Part I
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Literature, Part I
An introduction to the literature of pre-modern Japan.
Literature, Part II
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Literature, Part II
Literature from the Tokugawa period to modern times.
Performing Arts, Part I
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Performing Arts, Part I
An introduction to the performing arts and its early origins.
Performing Arts, Part II
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Performing Arts, Part II
A look at puppet theatre, music and dance.
Religious Experience, Part I
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Religious Experience,  Part I
What it means to be religious in Japanese society.
Religious Experience, Part II
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Religious Experience, Part II
The major religions of Japan: Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity.
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