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TEACH JAPAN

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About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource

About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource provides a variety of resources about Japan to educators for use in the K-12 classroom. Resources are organized around the themes of culture, environment, globalization, history, Japanese language, and social issues and consist of lesson plans, articles by leading scholars and primary source images and video. Through these classroom ready resources, educators are able to expand and deepen their teaching on Japan.

Provided by Japan Society

Teacher Resources from the Denver Art Museum

Explore the Denver Art Museum’s comprehensive collection of lesson plans and resources for educators. Lessons range from 30 to 50 minutes, and are based on objects from the Denver Museum’s Japanese collection. Resources available for all ages and learning levels.

Provided by Denver Art Museum

Waves at Matsushima Educator Resource

Waves at Matsushima was painted by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, a revered Japanese painter.  Sōtatsu’s experimental painting techniques and brilliantly conceived compositions transformed Japan’s courtly artistic style.

Provided by Freer Sackler

Kyogen Theater: The Art of Laughter

Performed on a simple stage, Kyogen (literally “wild speech”) first developed in the 1300s. Kyogen actors performed during interludes between Noh performances, providing comic relief.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Masami Teraoka

Masami Teraoka (b. 1936) discusses his artistic practice as a painter of contemporary American pop art.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) is one of the most important photographers of our time, explains his “Five Elements” series that are constructed as shrines to a primordial birthplace. Using geometric symbols from thirteenth-century Buddhism, Sugimoto encases a single image from his iconic Seascape series in each glass structure. The sea and air, origins of all life, are seen through a prism of ancient Buddhist views of the universe.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Learning from Asian Art: Japan

Introduce students to Japanese art and culture as they explore works in the Philadelphia Art Museum’s collection. Each art image is accompanied by background information, a set of looking questions, and related classroom activity suggestions that students can use individually, in small groups, or as a whole class.

Provided by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Interactive Brushpainting Program

Use brushstroke techniques and dot patterns to create your own artwork with this interactive brushpainting activity.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Find out more about TeachJapan.
Lead funding for the Asian Art Museum’s TeachJapan is generously provided by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
Additional support is provided by Susan and Kevin McCabe.

Teach Japan was created in collaboration with the following arts organizations: