Japan 101 Class Schedule

    For Individual Writings

Don Wright, RJC Academy Director
Naoko Brown, Assistant Director
David Litton
Keith Kawamura
Ken See
Scott Payne

Week 1 (April 3-9, 2017) Japan – A Brief Review

Conference Call: The time for the call will be arranged so that the participants will all be able to get acquainted.
Reading: 1. Understanding Japan: Part One Japan–A Brief Review

  • Chapter One: Origin of the Japanese People

2. Japan-Guide

  • As you have time and interest, read Historical Section-Early Japan through Azuchi-Momoyama Period.
  • You may read as many sections as you have time for.

Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

  • There is no minimum or maximum amount for this assignment. Use this as an opportunity to reflect and apply what you have read. This is to be written in your comment section of Japan 101.
  • Read as many of the other students’ writings and comment on at least two of them.

Pray:

  • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

Extra Suggestions:

    Here are some of the links that others have shared:

    Week 2 (April 10-16, 2017) Japanese History

    Reading: Understanding Japan: Part One: Japan – A Brief Review

    • Chapter Two: A Brief History of Japan
    • Japan-Guide. Read any of the historical sections.

    Pray:

    • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

    Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

    • Reflective Writing
    • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

Extra Suggestions:

Week 3 (April 17-23, 2017) Part Two: Japanese Society

Reading: Understanding Japan: Part Two: Japanese Society (32 pages)

  • Chapter Three: Japanese Family. If you have time, please view this presentation on “Hikikomori,” called The Lost Generation.
  • Chapter Four: Japanese Working Life
  • Chapter Five: Social Stratification in Japan

If you have time: Japanese Culture 101: Why Japanese and Americans Seem Rude to each Other, by Darien Reinman.
Interviewing:

  • Interview a Japanese.
  • Discuss each of the above three topics from the book.
  • How does his/her experience match or disagree with Samuel Lee’s analysis?

Pray:

  • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

  • There is no minimum or maximum amount for this assignment. Use this as an opportunity to reflect and apply what you have read. This is to be written in you comment section of Japan 101.
  • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

Extra Suggestions:

Week 4 (April 24-30, 2017) Religion in Japan

Reading: Understanding Japan: Part Three: Religion in Japan

  • Chapter Six: Social Concerns
  • Chapter Seven: Main Religions in Japan

Visit a Japanese Church

  • (If that is not possible, interview someone who has attended.)

Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

  • Reflective Writing
  • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

Pray:

  • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

Extra Suggestions:

Week 5 (May 1-7, 2017) Christianity and Japan

Reading:

  • Chapter Eight: A Brief History of Christianity in Japan
  • Chapter Nine: Christianity in Contemporary Japan
  • Chapter Ten: Japanese Theology

Listening:

  • If you have time, please listen to the panel presentation on this theme which took place at the 2009 International RJC Conference.

Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

  • Reflective Writing
  • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

Pray:

  • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

Extra Suggestions:

Week 6 (May 8-14, 2017) Japanese Culture and Christian Faith

Reading:

  • Chapter Eleven: Christianity’s Contribution to Japanese Life
  • Chapter Twelve: Elements of Japanese Culture
  • Chapter Thirteen: Spiritual Culture in Japan
  • How to Share the Good News With Your Japanese Friend by Mark Reasoner Page 1-15

Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”

  • There is no minimum or maximum amount for this assignment. Use this as an opportunity to reflect and apply what you have read. This is to be written in your comment section of Japan 101.
  • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

Pray:

  • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

Extra Suggestions:

Week 7 (May 15-21, 2017) Conclusions and Analysis

Reading:

  • Understanding Japan: Conclusions and Analysis
    • Chapter Fourteen: Analyses and Strategies
    • How to Share the Good News With Your Japanese Friend by Mark Reasoner Page 16-29

    Interview: a non-Japanese who has visited Japan. Discuss their impressions. Offer insights from your Japan 101studies.

    • Writing: Weekly Paper: “Impressions and Points from Your Reading”
      • Reflective Writing
      • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.

      Pray:

      • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

      Extra Suggestions:


    • Week 8 (May 22-28, 2017) Review

      Conference Call: Participate in a final conference call.
      Pray:

      • Pray daily for Japan and Japanese, using Operation Japan. Make a note in your blog concerning the information and/or your prayer.

      Interview: a Japanese.

    • Concentrate your interview on their religious background and perception of Christianity. Discuss problems concerning their understanding of the Bible.
    • Writing:

    • Try to use this last assignment to summarize your course experience and share your goals and desires for further study and applications.
    • Read as many of the other students’ writings as you have time and comment on at least two of them.
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