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Japanese Swords

Compare a selection of functional and ceremonial swords and why the style and shape changed over time.

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

A Brief History of Samurai Armor

Learn the history and various functions of samurai armor during Japan’s shogunate.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
(5:30)
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History and Traditions of the Samurai

Students will use images of samurai armor and weaponry to learn related vocabulary. They will describe the functional and aesthetic aspects of armor through focused viewing and reading, and they will draw conclusions about the changing code of the samurai over the course of 800 years.

Provided by Asian Art 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

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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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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Lead funding for the Asian Art Museum’s TeachJapan is generously provided by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
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