Yasutaka Maruki

Yasutaka Maruki, PhD

Associate Professor
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World Languages Center 103 (Forest Grove)

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

  • Introduction to Japanese Language & Culture (JAPN101 and JAPN102)
  • Intermediate Japanese (JAPN201 and JAPN202)
  • Kanji, Business Japanese, and Japanese Cooking, (JAPN221, JAPN222, and JAPN223)
  • Communicating in Japanese (JAPN301 and JAPN302)
  • Topics in Contemporary Literature (JAPN401)
  • Selected Issues in Japanese Press (JAPN402)
  • Seminar in Japanese (JAPN485)
  • Internship in Japanese (JAPN275/475)
  • Senior Capstone (JAPN490 and JAPN491)
  • First-Year Seminar (HUM100)
  • Japanese Literature in Translation (HUM203)
  • Traditional Theater in East Asia (HUM/THEA353)


Ph.D. University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2006. (Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies)

Research Interests

Japanese language and literature/theater

Research Works

“CLIL and intercultural competence in teaching Japanese language and literature” Journal of Language and Cultural Education, 8 (1) 2020

“Nose Sakae’s Study Abroad: Idealization and Devaluation of American Education During Japan’s Early Meiji Era” Oregon Historical Quarterly, 115 (1) 2014

“Double Nora: Noh Adaptation of A Doll’s House” Asian Theatre Journal, 31 (2) 2014

Bugen: Dancing Illusion of Noh. Tokyo: Being Net Press, November 2010
Co-Authored with Tsumura Reijiro, Morita Toshiro, Hayashi Nozomu, and Noda Hideki

“A fusion of drama and religion: A study of Mugen Noh in Thomas Becket”

Studies in Theatre & Performance, 30 (2) 2010

About Me

On the weekends, I spend a lot of time on the deck of the swimming pool as a stroke & turn official or as a cheerer of my kids.