Classroom Activity Children’s Day in Japan: Kodomo no hi [Asia Society Kids]
Information on Children’s Day in Japan, with instructions on how to make a koinobori banner/kite (in the shape of a carp) to fly.
Lesson Plan Japanese Carp Kites/Children’s Day [Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College]
For grades K-3. Students will listen to the story “A Carp for Kimiko” and discuss its theme/lesson. Students will also be introduced to the Japanese holiday, Children’s Day, formerly known as Boy’s Day, and design and create their own carp kite (koinobori).
Lesson Plan Bodhidharma/Daruma Doll [Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College]
For grades K-2. “Daruma is a spherical doll with a red painted body and a white face without pupils. Daruma dolls represent Bodhidharma, a Zen monk who meditated for almost 9 years while sitting in the zazen meditation posture that his legs were of no use anymore.” In this lesson, students will: 1) learn about the historical Bodhidharma and how Buddhism came to China from India, and later to Japan; 2) learn about the Japanese New Year’s tradition of wish making and goal setting as it relates to the Daruma doll; 3) learn the legends of Daruma and his dedication to meditation, his achieving enlightenment, and the relationship Daruma has to green tea; 4) reproduce their own Daruma doll, set a goal, and work towards achieving their goal.
Lesson Plan Our Family and Other Families: Using Totoro to Teach Family Structure [About Japan, Japan Society]
For grades 3-5. Students will read the story and watch the Japanese movie about the fantasy creature, Totoro. Students will discuss the structure of the family in Japan and discuss environmental awareness.