GEOGRAPHY Language Culture History Science & Math Literature Art Drama & Dance

Lesson IdeaJourney to Japan!
Have the students make passports that will be stamped as they enter Japan. On a large world map, students can plot their journey to Japan.

Maps & Images

[Asia for Educators]
Reading on major features of Japan’s geography.

Images [Outdoor Japan]
Webcams today are deployed throughout Asia, providing extraordinary glimpses of the physical majesty and cultural landscapes of this vast region. This page lists live webcam footage from throughout Japan.


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[The British Museum]
The exhibition 100 Views of Mount Fuji explored a wide range of manifestations of the mountain in Japanese art, as portrayed in 100 works by painters and print designers from the seventeenth century to the present, including Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Munakata Shikô (1903-75), and Hagiwara Hideo (born 1913).

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Lesson IdeaRice Cultivation
Have students research and discuss the stages of rice cultivation and compare wet-rice and dry-rice techniques. Discuss how climate determines which crops are grown around the world.

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Lesson IdeaChopsticks
Have students practice using chopsticks. Discuss what countries use chopsticks as eating utensils. [Answer: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam — the countries that form the East Asian cultural sphere. They also share Confucian thought, Buddhism, and the use of Chinese characters at some point in their histories.] Note that in many other countries of South, Southeast, and West Asia the custom is to eat with one hand, often using breads to scoop food.

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[University of Texas, Austin]
Explore Tokyo and its restaurants — hear Japanese spoken (with translations) and learn about geography, food, and culture in Japan. “The goal of this Web site is to give you the chance you explore the various kinds of foods eaten in Japan. By the time you have explored each restaurant and visited some related Web sites, we hope you will be an expert in the history, geography, nutrition, and ethnography of Japanese food.” Site created by graduate students in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Includes a guide for teachers.

[About Japan, Japan Society]
For grades K-5. Students will understand the importance of an obento (lunch box) in the Japanese lifestyle, learn the basic rules of an obento, and be exposed to a part of the Japanese food culture.

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