Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Just finished "Understanding Japan: A cultural history". Most of the DVD the professor is standing and lecturing - as if you were at Emory college in one of his classes. Each lesson is 1/2 hour long with about eight lessons per disk and four disks in all. The teacher discussed Japanese mythology, why the written language isn't the same as the spoken language, the history of Japan, the difference between Noh and Kabuki theater, films, family life, food, etc. It was all fascinating stuff (well - I nodded a little during the discussion of differences between Zen and Pure Land Buddhism.) I have no impending need to know anything about Japan. Think it just proves the point that a good teacher can make any subject interesting.