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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

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

Heroes and Legends: Samurai in Japanese Prints

Discover how artists depicted samurai to explore legends and communicate social and political messages through musha-e, prints depicting warriors.

 

 

Provided by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Tale of Genji, Illustrated

In this Online Lesson, the MFA has paired excerpts from the English translation of The Tale of Genji by Edward G. Seidensticker (1993), with corresponding images from the museum’s collection. Explore the images and compare them to the accompanying text excerpt.

Provided by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Journey to Japan

From simple, Zen-like tea bowls to ornate lacquer boxes the objects in this presentation illustrate Japanese aesthetics and demonstrate both ways of making art particular to Japan, and techniques pioneered elsewhere and perfected in Japan. Functional objects introduce daily life during different time periods. Connections are made between Japanese and Chinese culture and art.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Introduction to Japanese Folktales

This lesson plan uses art to explore the rich history of folktales in Japan to teach about Japanese traditions, history, and customs. This lesson also builds context for students by comparing Japanese and American folktales.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Tale of the Heike

Learn more about the famous war epic, the Tale of the Heike in this adaptation of “The Death of Atsumori” by Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Bushyhead, followed by an analysis from Dr. Andrea Horbinski.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
(7:46)
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Issunboshi

Listen to the story of Issunboshi, the boy who is one-inch tall, yet managed to defeat the oni and save the princess.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
(15:05)
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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: