Faculty and Staff

Hideo Watanabe

Professor • Department of Languages & Culture

Hideo Watanabe has been a professor of Japanese language and culture at William Paterson University since 2001. He continues to do research within his areas of specialization to increase awareness and understanding of Japan for both foreigners and native Japanese.

Professional Interests

The modernization of Japan: how Japan has evolved through contact with the Western world, who were the players involved in cultural interactions, and in what areas of Japan this took place.

Other Interests

travel, Japanese music, calligraphy

Languages (other than English)



PhD Cultural Anthropology , University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA


Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Japanese Language and Culture

Notable Courses Taught

- All levels of Japanese language courses, from Basic Japanese I to Advanced Japanese II
- Japanese Conversation
- Contemporary Japanese Culture
- Culture Studies: Japan
- Daily Life in Japan
- Daily Life in Japan (taught in Japan)
- Japanese Culture, Literature, and Film
- Japanese Literature & Film in Translation

By appointment