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TEACH JAPAN

Resources for students and educators

Buddhism

An Introduction to Japanese Painting

This collection was designed by the Education Department of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery as a basic introduction to Japanese painting for educators. It is a collection of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that draw from a wide variety of formats, styles, media, and subjects that represent many of the major trends in Japanese painting. Each image includes key information about the artwork, as well as ideas for class discussion, lesson components, and/or links to resources such as videos and articles which provide additional information about the artwork.

Provided by Freer Sackler

Art of Japan: Temples, Towns and Traditions

Explore artworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s collection of Japanese art.

Provided by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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

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.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
(3:41)
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Ancient Temples of Nara

Explore Nara’s ancient Buddhist art and architecture.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
(5:20)
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Japanese Festivals and Celebrations

This lesson uses depictions of festivals in Japanese art to examine the cultural emphasis on nature and the seasons.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art
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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: