Special Topic: Japanese Popular Culture & Society. Also listed as JPN-195-01. This course will explore Japanese society and its cultural identity through their various manifestations through popular culture, including food, fashion, visual culture, pop music, game, otaku fandom, and self-improvements trends. Through the examination of various artifacts of Japanese popular culture and the reading of critical essays, students will gain an in-depth knowledge about Japanese popular culture and familiarize themselves with some important concepts in cultural studies. Prerequisite: None.