Japanese studies at Cambridge provides an opportunity to engage with a rich and diverse culture, a challenging language, and a modern and dynamic economy and society that have experienced massive change and growth in the course of the twentieth century. All too often, Japan is presented as an inaccessible and enigmatic society. Our aim is to challenge this stereotype, to enable you to master the Japanese language, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of Japan and its vital role in world affairs.
To those who believe that the language is difficult, it may be reassuring to discover that spoken Japanese is actually very accessible, its pronunciation relatively easy to master. The main challenge comes in getting to grips with a large vocabulary and a writing system that is undoubtedly among the most complex in the world today - one which uses Chinese characters in combination with two distinct home-grown Japanese writing systems, as well as elements of the Roman alphabet.
We invite you to explore our preparatory reading list.
Here is a recent brief video presentation on our Faculty as a whole featuring some undergraduate students in Japanese Studies.