Yо̄kai: Japanese Monsters and Other Bizarre Creatures of Folklore
Together let's explore some of the strangest and most frightening yо̄kai ("Japanese monsters"), both their history and references made to them in popular culture such as anime.
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over 2 weeks
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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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There's hardly anyone today who holds interest in Japanese culture or language but doesn't know what yо̄kai are. However, not everyone who has heard of yо̄kai is aware of what they really are beyond the (often misinformed) versions depicted in popular media. Neither are many aware of the sheer number of them (over 500) predating any of these depictions, as well as what actually does and doesn't qualify as "yо̄kai." Through this two-day course, we will deep dive together into the strange,...
I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and Japanese-English translation. I attained certification in the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level. My teaching experience in language instruction (where I also often implement the Natural Approach and TPR) continues to this day in private lessons for both children and adults in ESL, Japanese language learning, and JLPT test prep. For Japanese, this includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-down approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad. (Feel free to contact me for more information about the JLPT and suggestions on whether or not it may be right for your learner's language goals.)
Students will be invited to search for and share examples of Japanese yо̄kai and the culture around them in relating them to the material we cover in Day 1 on Day 2.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Short question-based assessments are made throughout the lesson to measure and respond to perceived comprehension.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Yо̄kai come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Some are seemingly benign enough but others can be fairly spooky or even downright gruesome. Tales and descriptions of carnage, death, revenge, and the like will occasionally be touched on and shown in archaic illustrations (e.g. scroll paintings from premodern Japan).
Kelsey P. Payne ケルシー先生
Japanese Studies, Philosophy, and Math Educator for First Principles Thinkers
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
286 total reviews
125 completed classes
------- At a Glance ------- + Magna cum laude graduate in philosophy with honors and concentrations in Japanese studies and religion + Praxis II 5161 (Mathematics Content Knowledge) certification-holder + 2nd Highest Level JLPT (Japanese...