Lesson Idea Chopsticks
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.
Lesson Plan An Introduction to Japanese Food [PDF] [Institute of Japanese Studies, The Ohio State University]
For grades 1-3. Students will be introduced to a typical Japanese meal and the use of chopsticks.
Lesson Plan Japan: Geography, Culture, and Cuisine [Programs in International Education Resources (PIER), Yale University]
For grades K-8. A series of lesson plans and classroom activities.
Not Just Sushi: An Adventure in Japanese Culture for 6th Grade Learners [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.
Obento: The Japanese Lunch Box [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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