Department of Languages and Cultures

Office:   Atrium 247
Phone:   (973) 720-3726
Office Hours:   MW 1:50-2:20PM, 5:00-5:30PM, Tue. 6:15-7:00PM, 9:40-9:55PM or By appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Japan

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Anthropology. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • M.A., East Asia Studies. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • M.A.,  Education. Keio University, Japan
  • B.A., English. Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Courses Taught

  • Basic Japanese I
  • Basic Japanese II
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese II
  • Japanese Conversation
  • Advanced Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese II
  • Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • Cultural Studies: Japan
  • Japanese Literature & Film in Translation
  • Japanese Culture, Literature & Film
  • Daily Life in Japan
  • Daily Life in Japan (taught in Japan)
  • Selected Topic (seven Independent Studies)
  • First-Year Seminar (Fall 04)


  • “Respect for Teachers: Comparative Studies between Korea and Japan” in Volume 1, 34,  No. 3. June 2006 of Asian Profile.
  • “Japanese Faith Outside of Shinto, Buddhism, and Chrisiaity” in Volume Viii, Fall 2005 of The Virginia Review of Asian Studies.
  • “Changing Adult Learning in Japan: The Shift from Traditional Singing to Karaoke” in Volume 24, Number 3/ May-June 2005 of International Journal of Lifelong Education.
  • “Karaoke Learning in Japan: Individual Expression in a Group Context” in Volume IX, 2005 of Japan Studies Review.
  • “Nihon no Seijin no Karaoke Naraigoto no Motsu Imi (Japanese Adult Learning: the eaning of Karaoke Learning).”  Tetsugaku (Philosophy).

Works in Progress

  • Dr. James Curtis Hepburn
  • Foreign resident Christians in Japan
  • nihon no shakai ni okeru katorikku to purotesutanto kyoto no bunkajinruigakuteki kosatsu (Cultural Anthropological Studies on Catholics and Protestants in Japanese Society)
  • Christians in Japanese Society: Catholics and Protestants

Conference Presentations

  • “Dr. Hepburn’s Contributions to Japan.”  Paper presented at the Conference of The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies.  The Pennsylvania State University.  State College, Pennsylvania.  November, 2010.
  • “Respect for Teachers in Korea and Japan.”  Paper presented at the conference of The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies.  The University of Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  October, 2005.
  • “Christianity Facing Asia: Christians in Japanese Society.”  Paper presented at New York Conference on Asian Studies Annual Meeting, State University of New York.  New Paltz, New York.  September, 2005.
  • “Debate on the Nature of the Religious Beliefs and Attitudes of the Japanese.”  Paper presented at Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.  Lexington, Kentucky. January, 2005.
  • “Japanese Adult Karaoke Learning.”  Paper presented at the Conference of The Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.  New York, New York.  March, 2003.