Welcome to the homepage for my class “Aspects of Japan I: Hokkaido History”. This course is taught during the autumn and winter term, 2017/8.
Statue of Dr Clark, Hitsujigaoka.
Syllabus and Course Outline
Course Goals: To learn about Hokkaido history, primarily through analysis of heritage sites and tourist sites.
To consider how history as presented in tourist sites contrasts with academic and other forms of history.
To conduct and individual research project and write a term paper that considers an aspect of Hokkaido history and its representation in at least one tourist site.
Week 1 (3 October): Introduction, Heritage tourism and Hokkaido
In our first class there is an introduction to the course. Then, we discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of a “heritage tourism” approach to history, and look at the Jomon Period. Lecture materials are here.
Ann B. Irish, Hokkaido
The fascination of Hokkaido’s Jomon culture website (videos)
General online reading list:
There are many online resources available in the online appendix to Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido. The book is in the library.
Week 2 (10 October): Ainu History and Culture
The lecture notes are here: HH2 Ainu
Ainu Association of Hokkaido: “The beginning of history”
Ainu Association of Hokkaido: “Ainu Historical Events”
Chisato (Kitty) Dubreuil: “The Ainu and Their Culture: A Critical Twenty-First Century Assessment”
Further Reading: Brett Walker, The Conquest of Ainu Lands; Philip Seaton, Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido, Chapter 2; Richard Siddle, Race, Resistance and the Ainu of Japan; Mark Hudson, Ann-elise Lewallen, and Mark K. Watson, Beyond Ainu Studies.
Week 3 (17 October): The Japanese in Hokkaido before it was called Hokkaido
The lecture notes are here: HH3 Matsumae online version
Ann Irish: Hokkaido (recommended, lots of materials on this period)
Week 4 (24 October): The Meiji Restoration
The lecture notes are here: HH4 Boshin War
Ann Irish: Hokkaido (especially Chapter 5)
Hijikata Toshizo Museum (Hakodate)
Hijikata Toshizo Museum (Hino)
Ayaki Kimura: My Ancestor Hijikata Toshizo
Philip Seaton: Taiga Dramas and Tourism
Week 5 (31 October): Early Meiji Period
Today we discuss colonizers, frontiers, development and pioneers. The lecture materials are here: HH5 Pioneers
Hokkaido Museum booklet (Japanese only)
Statistics Bureau (for Hokkaido population statistics)
Year One in the North (trailer on YouTube)
Manemon Takahashi, “The History and Future of Rice Cultivation in Hokkaido”
Week 6 (7 November): Fieldwork at Akarenga
There is no class in our classroom today. Philip Seaton will be at Akarenga between 14:45 and 16:15 to assist in fieldwork. If you have classes before/after our scheduled time and cannot go to Akarenga, feel free do the fieldwork at a different time.
Akarenga website (including access map and opening times). Note: It is not necessary to visit the main site of the Historical Museum of Hokkaido.
During/after your fieldwork, complete the questionnaire. PDF version Hokkaido History questionnaire. Word file Hokkaido History questionnaire. Submit it to Philip Seaton by email by 14:00 on 14 November, or hand in one copy at the beginning of class (14:45) on 14 November. We will discuss the results of your fieldwork in class on 14 November.
Week 7 (14 November): Class Discussion about Akarenga as historical site and tourist site
Class discussions based on your fieldwork at Akarenga.
Week 8 (21 November): Pre-war Hokkaido
Today we discuss prewar Hokkaido with particular focus on issues of class and economics. The lecture materials for today’s class are here: HH8 Prewar Devt
The Japan Times: Tourism boom boosts cruise liner visits but not all ports are ready
Heather Bowen-Struyk: Why a boom in proletarian literature in Japan?
Norma Field: Commercial appetite and human need.
On local history and historians in Hokkaido, see especially the chapters by Oda and Achira in Philip Seaton (ed) Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido.
Week 9 (28 November): A history of Hokkaido University
This week we look at the history of our university, and some of the issues it faces today. The materials are here: HH9 Hokudai
Hokkaido University: Discover our history
ann-elise lewallen, “Bones of Contention: Negotiating anthropological ethics within fields of Ainu refusal”. Critical Asian Studies 34:9, 2007 (available via the university’s online journal service).
Week 10 (5 December): Fieldwork at Sapporo Clock Tower
Note: Philip Seaton is away on 5 December. Please go to Sapporo Clock Tower at the time of your choosing and spend time there doing the fieldwork. The results of your visit are discussed in class on 12 December.
Week 11 (12 December): Class discussion about Sapporo Clock Tower as historical site and tourist site
Week 12 (19 December): Guest Lecture
Week 13 (9 January): Modern Hokkaido
Week 14 (16 January): Hokkaido in the world
Week 15 (23 January): Conclusions
Students will research online about tourist sites and read related academic literature in preparation for class discussions. Students will prepare a 1500 word term paper. Participation in class discussion (50%), End of term paper (50%)