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[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
“The Jomon period, which encompasses a great expanse of time, constitutes Japan’s Neolithic period. Its name is derived from the ‘cord markings’ that characterize the ceramics made during this time.” A short introduction, with images of seven artifacts in the museum’s collection.

[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
“Beginning about the fourth century B.C., Jomon culture was gradually replaced by the more advanced Yayoi culture, which takes its name from the site in Tokyo where pottery of this period was first discovered in 1884.” A short introduction, with images of three artifacts in the museum's collection.

[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
For grades 5-8. A discussion of shoguns and their role in the artistic and cultural history of Japan from the late 12th century until the end of the Edo period (1868).

[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
For grades 5-8. A brief introduction to the bushi or samurai of Japan.

[The British Museum]
For grades 5-8. Online presentation of the 2005 exhibition Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords, which examined Japanese swords, their accessories, and depictions of their use from different periods.

[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
For grades 5-8. Discusses two important techniques of traditional Japanese sword-making -- kitae (forging the blade) and yaki-ire (hardening the edge).

Lesson Plan [Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College]
For grades 3-6. Lesson plan on creating individual “crests” that follow the tradition of Japanese family crests, or mon.

Lesson Plan [About Japan, Japan Society]
For grades 5-8. Using images, including of old money, this lesson chooses two iconic and controversial figures from Japan and Korea, viewed very differently in each country, to examine fundamental issues such as the importance of national heroes and how point of view influences the way people understand the same event.

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