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TEACH JAPAN

Resources for students and educators

Beliefs

The Art of Sōtatsu

Discover Tawaraya Sōtatsu, one of the most influential figures in the history of Japanese visual culture, with images collected by the Freer|Sackler Education Department from the museums’ permanent collection.

Provided by Freer Sackler

Explore the Freer Sackler Collection

Search, download, and create resources for your classroom using the Freer Sackler digital collection. With more than forty thousand works available for high-resolution download—expanding regularly with new acquisitions—you can explore the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like.

Provided by Freer Sackler

The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

Search the Pulverer Collection, one of the most outstanding and comprehensive collections of Japanese illustrated books outside Japan.

Provided by Freer Sackler

The Four Religions of East Asia

This lesson provides an introduction to China and Japan’s four mjor religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Shinto

Japan’s indigenous belief system dates back over 2,000 years. Kami devotion varies throughout Japan, but was termed Shinto during the Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Buddhist Painting

Look closely at paintings of the Buddha’s guardian deities as you learn about their historical and ritual significacnce.

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

The Spiritual Life of the Samurai: Meditation and Brushpainting

Students will discuss the ways in which spiritual belief supported and enhanced the military func­tion and cultural values of the samurai. They will experience this practice through an ink painting activity.

Provided by Asian Art Museum

Amaterasu: The Sun Goddess

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Liz Nichols, tells a Japanese story about Amaterasu, the sun goddess, in the museum’s Japan galleries.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Ancient Temples of Nara

Explore Nara’s ancient Buddhist art and architecture.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Esoteric Buddhism in Japan: Fudo Myoo

Fudo Myoo (the Immovable One) is one of the powerful deities known as the Five Bright Kings in Japanese Buddhism and folk religion. Fudo is believed to protect Buddhism and its true adherents. Like all Bright Kings, Fudo assumes a frightening form, with a sword in his right hand and a rope in his left. He sits in front of a swiring flame of fire, with which he purifies evil.

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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: