If you’ve wanted to learn more about modern Japanese culture but don’t have the time or money for a class, you might want to try this open course from MIT.
This course looks at the way modern Japanese society and culture formed. Through tracing historical sources and discussing both modern and traditional aesthetics and social and political elements, students will create a picture of Japan as it is today. Analysis, scholarly research, and commentary will create a context through which to approach case studies of literary texts (e.g. “Hoichi the Earless”), film (e.g. “Grave of the Fireflies” and “Makiko’s New World”), and art. Students will learn not just about Japanese culture, but how to approach the study of a culture and its development.
There’s no cost to participate and no grades. All you need are the course materials and a will to learn.