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Japanese Folklore: Ghosts, Monsters, & Strange Tales
In this ongoing class, learners will explore and discuss the supernatural side of Japan, hearing about new ghost stories & folktales, strange monstrous creatures & demons, and its continued influence on popular culture (anime, manga, etc).
Jennifer M. Yoo
94 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 114 learners
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Once per week
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does an "Ongoing" course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
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Ever wondered what a “tanuki” really is, or what the difference is between a youkai and a yuurei? Find out the answers here! No previous experience or knowledge is required, but at least an interest in Japanese popular culture and/or Japanese folklore is recommended. In this ongoing class, each week will cover a few of the most prominent supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore, their origins and what they were believed to do or be responsible for, etc., and how people in Japan...
Not only have I studied Japanese folklore as a passion interest for more than 10 years, it is also my field specialization. For my PhD, my dissertation research focuses on the use of ghosts and related folklore in Japanese theatre and films. From 2017-2019, I spent two years living in Kyoto conducting my research for my doctoral dissertation, during which I studied Japanese folklore, ghost story literature, as well as participated in related events such as "ghost-storytelling tours" across Japan to better understand the role ghosts play in Japanese culture, especially their media, as well as how the character of these classic stories evolved into what is seen so regularly in Japanese films, etc. today. I have also regularly given talks about Japanese folklore, it’s influence, and continued presence in Japan/Japanese culture for nearly 10 years.
Video clips (when applicable) will be shared as part of PowerPoint presentations via screen-share on Zoom and won’t require any external resource to view.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Given the topic of this class, discussion of certain monsters/supernatural creatures or ghost stories shared in class will occasionally include elements of horror and violence. Some of the video clips and images shown in class may be taken from horror films, etc. that may also contain scenes of violence or scenes that may be considered suspenseful/frightening, but no graphic violence or gore will be shown. Additionally, some discussion of Japanese religious and spiritual belief may be required to explain some of the cultural influences present, but as per Outschool policies class content will be still kept secular in its discussion of such topics.
Jennifer M. Yoo
PhD, University Lecturer and Experienced Teacher in Japanese Studies
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
94 total reviews
87 completed classes
STATUS UPDATE Currently, I am only teaching for Outschool part-time as I am also working as a lecturer in Japanese culture, film, and literature at Tufts University, as well as a lecturer in theatre arts at MIT. Due to my university teaching...