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How to prepare yourself

How to prepare yourself

No previous knowledge of Japanese or Japan is required to study with us. (Read more about requirements HERE). But it is important and rewarding to do some exploratory readings about Japan while you are thinking whether or not to pursue this subject at higher education. This will give you a better idea about whether you are actually interested in Japanese and Japan and you will found yourself in a better position to make an informed choice.



Here are some readings that we recommend as particularly helpful.


Friday, Karl F. (ed.). Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850. Westview Press, 2012.

Shirane, Haruo, Suzuki, Tomi and Lurie, David (eds.) The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Hendry, Joy. Understanding Japanese Society. London: Routledge (4th edition), 2012.

Hood, Christopher. Japan. The Basics. London: Routledge, 2014 (

Steger, Brigitte and Angelika Koch (eds.). Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy. Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge. Zurich: Lit, 2013.

Steger, Brigitte and Angelika Koch (eds). Cool Japanese Men. Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge. Zurich: Lit, 2017.

Sugimoto, Yoshio. An Introduction to Japanese Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (4th edition), 2015