Please review this PowerPoint presentation The Land and Natural Resources. We'll view it in class and discuss the ideas when we meet at Matsuya Restaurant on February 9.
You can also print out the presentation using this PDF The Land and Natural Resources (PDF, 1,573kb)
Textbook readings for Feb. 2 are:
Essay - due in class
The topic for your one page essay in response to the readings is: The physical environment, weather, soil, natural resources, geography - help shape every culture. In Japan, these shaped the national character as we see in the concepts of "gambari" and "kisetsu." Do you admire these qualities in the Japanese? Why or why not? You can discuss each concept separately or combine them.
Print your essay and bring the printout to class.
Click here to preview or review Jennifer's PowerPoint Presentation on Isolation and Internationalism.
You can also print out Jennifer's presentation using this PDF Isolation and Internationalism (PDF, 2,249kb)
Topographical Maps of Japan Copies of these maps will be distributed in class Feb. 2. Please study them before our class at Matsuya Restaurant on Thursday February 9.
Click here to view Steve's presentation on Language review and FOOD
Sumo Stew: Chanko Nabe (PDF, 1,278kb) Here's a fun article about real Japanese home cooking, adapted for sumo wrestlers. We've spent many wonderful evenings around a nabe pot with our friends, in Japan and in Cincinnati. Enjoy!
Very Expensive Tuna (PDF 40kb) You won't believe the price paid at auction for one tuna in early January 2010. The Japanese really love their "maguro" (tuna).
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