The Japanese language has been an interesting subject to learn and discuss as well. With a rich history of the development of language and a great legacy of learning it, there are unending insights about Japanese. Prof Steve McCarty brings to you some very significant aspects of Japanese and its association with foreign languages.
South Korea and Japan Peace Dialogue | Japancasting Podcast | Ep13
Osaka Jogakuin College first-year students perform a 4-minute dramatic role play they created for the Annual Peace Dialogue Contest. They speak a little Japanese and Korean as well as English and show lively Osaka personalities. They try to overcome historical conflicts between Japan and South Korea that are still problems today.
Religions, Women and Family in Japan | Ep_7
This is a 28-minute question and answers session after a regular presentation on "Japanese People and Society" for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Participants on government scholarships for graduate school just arrived from India, Vietnam, and Guatemala. They had questions about religion, the role of women, male-female relationships, and families in Japan.
Bangladesh Hospital Report in English and Japanese_Episode 18
Osaka Jogakuin College students report on their visit to Chittagong, Bangladesh. It has a history of poverty and persecution of Burmese refugees. The college (Wilmina is its nickname) has contributed money to start and maintain a charitable hospital, including for children. The students speak bilingually, so it provides a lesson in either Japanese or English as a Foreign Language.
Similar Proverbs in Chinese, Japanese and English | Ep_12
The world might not look small when we consider the geographical boundaries and political ownerships. However, there has been a peculiar similarity in terms of cultural and linguistic connections. The folk tales, proverbs and even cuisine and clothes have been mutually impacted by each other.
Falling through the cracks of UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Ep_6
This 11-minute podcast discusses the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites. Comparing Japan with Central Asia, it can be seen how Japan’s cultural treasures are very well preserved, but some sites in poor countries [for example, in Varanasi, India] that should be World Heritage Sites do not get enough community or outside support.
Peace Dialogue among Religions: Influence of Religions on Laws and Moral Values
This is a 7-minute stage play performed by four first-year students at a women's college in Japan. This peace dialogue shows how religions have influenced the laws and moral values of their societies. It could be useful for studying world religions, laws, values, or English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Non-Violence of Okinawans and African-Americans | Ep_11
Japancasting Podcast enters into the 11 Episode journey with Prof McCarty making us know and understand the Japanese Culture and History in a straightforward manner. His explanations and energy have been identical to the same zeal for learning found everywhere in the world. We easily identify with him and his efforts.
Pilgrimage and the Study of Religion - Shikoku and Japan | Ep_5
Japancasting Podcast is an attempt to unearth the intricacies of Japanese Culture. This, however, does not mean that there are complexities in the culture and history of Japan. But, we still see that there is a lot of depth in it, which can be a thing to feel amazed at. With Prof Steve McCarty, we are bringing episode 05 of the Podcast and invite you to visit the shared links as well.
Encountering Famous East-West Bridge Persons across the U.S. to Japan | Ep_16
Moving ahead to understand Japan and the world of today, Steve McCarty is taking us into his own life and learning. His passion to explore the culture of Japan has been exceptional and he has always demonstrated the highest regard for the cultural richness of Japan.
Stakes and Stakeholders in the Japanese Educational System | Ep_10
This is a 26-minute presentation on Japanese education given to American schoolteachers visiting Osaka Jogakuin College. It is a critical view, and the situation has become more relaxed overall since the time of this presentation, which was delivered in 2005, but the fairly complete picture of factors affecting education in Japan is still a relevant set of issues.
Reincarnation or What? Stone-Hand Temple and the Pilgrimage of Shikoku
Prof Steve McCarty brings yet another podcast in the Japancasting journey. Moving from Folk tales to Puppet Art, he has started making us mature learners of Japanese Culture. The special feature that invites us to listen to every episode is the global perspective of the talks. Prof Steve relates his content to everyone. let's listen to one more fantastic work.
Questions from India about Japan | Japancasting Podcast | Ep_15
Hello Dear Listeners! Welcome to Japancasting Podcast. I am Parveen Sharma from India, hosting the podcast with Prof Steve McCarty. Today we are here to interview Prof Steve again and get his insightful, thought-provoking, and experienced observations on various questions.
A Family goes through Japanese Education | Japancasting Ep_9
This episode is a 13-minute speech, both objective and personal, to American school observers visiting Osaka Jogakuin University. It starts with assumptions underlying democracy that differ from the U.S., resulting in some surprising manifestations in education. Philosophies of multiculturalism vs. assimilation are discussed.
Fatalism and Pathos in a Bunraku Puppet Play - Japancasting Podcast: 03
This podcast briefly summarizes and suggests discussion questions about the Bunraku story “Keisei Awa no Naruto.” Anime fans are familiar with Naruto, but it is actually the port city on Shikoku island nearest to the Osaka-Kobe area on the main island of Japan. Awa is the old name for Tokushima Prefecture, where this Bunraku is still performed. A puppet play would be an entertainment fit for a child, you might think.
Causes and Solutions for Bullying in Japan | Ep_14
Students of Professor Steve McCarty won the annual Osaka Jogakuin University Presentation Contest with this 3-minute discussion. Bullying occasionally happens in a group-oriented society as an outlet for frustrations, but the students never excuse it. They give examples of YouTube, sumo wrestling, and mobile phone harassment. They examine the causes of bullying in Japan and propose solutions.
Steve McCarty in Conversation with Parveen Sharma | Interview
Japanacasting Podcast reaches the 8th Milestone with this extensive and amazing interview of Prof Steve McCarty. The talk relates to modern times. He is so subtle in his answers that you cannot stop wondering about the precision of these ideas. When he says that being modern is not being Western - he erases a huge amount of doubts from our minds. He explains how Japan has become an ideal land with flawless discipline and healthy life.
JAPANCASTING - The Woman Diver (Japanese Folktale) Ep_13
One of the oldest professions is that of the diver for pearls or humbler offerings of the sea. Akiko Takemoto and Steve McCarty have translated a heart-rending story from various Japanese versions, as a prehistoric legend moved from oral to written traditions over millennia. To help readers ponder its significance, brief discussion points for college or secondary school classes follow the story.