This study proposed a method of literary education to revitalize Japanese language education and realize educational goals by examining the characteristics of cultural content and the necessity of a method of literature, focusing on the high school “Japanese Language I” of the 2015 revised curriculum.
As a result of analyzing the four “Japanese I” textbooks that currently occupy a high proportion, various cultural contents are introduced according to the instructions in the second foreign language curriculum, but literature depicting society and humanity is not dealt with. Literature has an aspect that serves as a tool to convey a strong message of life to people while depicting Japanese society and Japanese people trying to overcome the times of disasters. In addition, the power of literature cannot be underestimated in the background of Japan’s growth as a cultural powerhouse.
Therefore, it can be said that it is necessary to introduce literature into the cultural column of textbooks in order to achieve the educational goal of cultivating the qualities and attitudes that can “contribute to the creation of new culture” and build “global citizenship”. Therefore, in this study, as examples of introducing literature into textbooks, three specific methods were proposed, nemely connecting Japanese entertainment content with literature by combining Japanese literature with the cultural content in existing textbooks, combining Japanese entertainment contents and literature, and independently presenting literature.