Teaching about Japan at Tel-Aviv University:
Jacob Raz (Japanese Culture: Literature,
Poetry, Aesthetics, Cultural Anthropology; Buddhism and Psychology, Zen
Buddhism (Chinese and Japanese)
Tzvika Serper (Japanese Theater, Traditional and Modern; Japanese Cinema;
Employing Traditional Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Theater)
Averbuch (Japanese Religions and Culture: History, Folk Religion, Folk
Performing Arts; The Study of Religion)
Goldstein-Giddoni (Japanese Anthropology: Culture and Society in Modern Japan; Gender and Women in Japan)
Raquel Shaoul (Japan’s International Relations; Japan’s Foreign Policy; Japan’s
Energy Policy and Middle-East relations; Japan’s Security Policy and US
Courses by adjunct Faculty:
Prof. Meron Medzini (Japan During WW2; Japan’s Foreign
Andrew Plax (Classical and Modern Japanese Literature)
Arie Kutz (Architecture, Visual Culture and Aesthetics in Japan & East
Ayala Klemperer (Gender Studies and Japan, Japanese History)
Shunit Shachal-Porat (Modern Japanese
Literature, Manga and Anime.)
Liora Tsarfati (Anthropology in Japan
Religion and Shamanism; Cultural Representations in Digital Media)
Shalmit Bejerano (Japanese Art History; Edo
Dalit Bloch-Tsemach (Society and Culture in Modern Japan from an
Anthropological Perspective; Japan
in Western Eyes; Male-Female Relations in Contemporary Japan).
Mark (Zen and Japanese Marital Arts)
Courses: Dr. Levi-Yamamori Mika, Ms. Nikki
Littman, Ms. Masako Moskovitch
for Japanese Language Teaching Method
Delivered by Mr. Goro Sato, Japanese Language Education Adviser from
Japan Foundation Cairo Office on June 7th 2010, with the participation of
teachers from various Universities (Hebrew, Haifa, Open, Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv university).
Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel
This conference was held at Tel-Aviv University
on June 3-4, 2009. It included about 20
panels on Japan, China, India Central Asia and Korea. 24 of the papers focused on Japan, including the Keynote Address by Prof.
Jennifer Robertson (University
of Michigan). There were 6 participants from Japanese,
European and American
Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel
This conference is to be held in Tel-Aviv University
on May 22-23, 2012. It will include 28
panels on Japan, China, Buddhism, India, Central Asia and Korea. 24 of the papers to be presented are about Japan. This time there will be 8 participants from
Japanese, European and American
Universities. It can be visited at https://sites.google.com/site/eactau2012/PODUNC/lw-z-hkns
This conference is to be held on June 4, 2012, following
the Annual Conference of Asian Studies.
Participants will include graduate students of both Master and Doctoral
levels, from Israel
and abroad (Program forthcoming)
on East Asia Energy Security: Strategies, Politics and the Middle
This conference was held on May 5, 2011 at Tel-Aviv University. It included participants from Japan and China,
and issues of energy use, renewal and strategic relations of Japan and China
with the Middle East.
Symposiums about the 2011 Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster
A mini-symposium about the 3/11 disaster was incorporated
into “Japan Evening” of June 5, 2011 (see below)
A Symposium Commemorating One Year to the 3/11 Disaster
The symposium was held on 29.3.2012 in Tel-Aviv University,
in the presence of Counselor Mitsuhiko Shinomiya of the Embassy of Japan. Among the participants in the symposium was
H.E. Mr. Nisshim Ben-Shitrit, the Israeli Ambassador in Japan, who
talked about the Israeli relief efforts.
Members of the trauma and relief efforts, and eyewitnesses, also
contributed their personal experiences.
Members of our Department contributed further observations.
Recent lectures given by foreign scholars/Guest:
Prof. Jennifer Robertson gave a lecture entitled “Gendering Robots: The Shape(liness) of
Prof. Takeishi Reiji (Tokyo International
University), “East Asian
Energy situation – Present and Future”.
Dr. Oshima Kimie
(Bunkyo Gakuin University),
“Rakugo, Japanese Traditional
Performing Art - Culture and History behind Stories”.
H.E. Mr. Takeuchi Hirohisa,
Ambassador of Japan to Israel:
“Japan’s Contemporary Diplomacy”.
Scholarships and Exchange Programs:
Scholarship: Every year, Japan’s
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences awards scholarships to about 7
Israeli students to pursue post-undergraduate studies or research in Japan.
Kyoto University Student Exchange Program: As part of an
exchange program between the two universities, students spend a year of study
in Kyoto University.
Student Exchange Program (Tokyo): A student exchange
program exists between Tel-Aviv University and Waseda University.
Japanese Book Collection:
Sourasky Central Library in Tel-Aviv
University holds a collection of
Japanese books, thanks to the generosity of the Japanese Embassy in Israel, and
with the help of the Japan Foundation and the Nippon Foundation. The collection includes major dictionaries
and series about History, Literature and Religion.
Social and Cultural Activities
Sujoruri - Traditional
Japanese Music Performances in Israel
performance, " Miracle at Tsubosaka
Temple”, was given by two
leading theater artists, TOYOTAKE Rosetayu (Narrator / singer) and TOYOZAWA
Tomisuke – Shamisen player.
Every year, our Japanese language students organize and
present an evening event that includes performances, dances and songs in Japanese.
(‘Japan Evening’) is devoted to demonstrations of calligraphy, sushi workshops, Haiku competitions, original
plays and other
Once in two week, our students gather and screen Japanese
movies and discuss the film.