Languages & Cultures
Benefits of Learning Japanese
As the world’s third largest economy by GDP, Japan exports many innovative products from technological equipment and automobiles to trendy cultural products such as anime, video games, and special cuisines. Learning Japanese will dramatically help you expand your business opportunities, especially if you pursue a career in the technology sector. Even if you are not technically minded, the language knowledge will give you a better understanding of the cutting-edge technology and take advantage of using it.
Learning Japanese is also a gateway to other Asian languages such as Chinese and Korean. As you learn Japanese writing system, you will be able to understand the meaning of Chinese characters which is helpful for learning Chinese. Korean grammar shares its sentence patterns with Japanese.
The language and culture are intertwined. You must learn culture to fully understand the usage of the language. Western culture is much different from Eastern culture. Acquiring Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge will allow you to fully participate in pop culture. You can better understand anime, manga, variety shows on T.V. and other pop culture trends in Japan without translation. Furthermore, you will be able to make connections between traditional culture and current pop culture.
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Japanese Language and Culture Minor
Japanese is the language of contemporary commerce, the literature of Mishima and Nobel Prize winner Kawabata. Its theatrical tradition includes Kabuki, Bunraku, and Noh, while its writing system utilizes Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Japan is the land of flower arrangement and the tea ceremony, the Samurai and “Ran”