Sept 15 1923 Earthquake

photo-1We begin our study of disasters in modern Japan this week with the Kanto Earthquake of 1923. As you read these sources, not only keep in mind the perspectives on writing history (Hegel, Nietzsche, and Benjamin) and our readings on accidents, threats, and disasters. You should also be on the lookout for new perspectives introduced or used in these texts as well. This is more build up of a critical and analytical vocabulary that you will use to discuss disasters in your paper and in your final projects.


  1. Schencking, The Great Kantō Earthquake (excerpts)
  2. Weisenfeld, Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923, part one, part two