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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan is not just a country that inspires us through its discipline and technological advancements. It has made a mark on the minds and masses around the world through the 'peaceful' consistency in terms of political or business alignments. It has a colour and aura of its own; it has a subtle understanding of 'nationality' to offer, and it has a claim to get known in the 21st century.
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.
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.