About Japan, A teacher's resource


Essays provide unique perspectives on topics typically overlooked by textbooks and classroom resources. Offering analysis from experts in the field, essays serve as points of departure for dialogue and further inquiry. Ideally, the essays will speak to each other and thereby reflect some of the larger debates that are shaping latest scholarship but are also highly relevant to classroom teaching. All members are invited to participate in the discussions.

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Learning from Babysan

Learning from Babysan: An American Cartoon as a Source for Studying the Allied Occupation of Japan, and the U.S. Military Presence in Postwar East Asia


Women in Modern Japanese History

Marnie Anderson, Associate Professor, Smith College examines women in modern Japanese history through the lenses of education, labor and women's roles, and political and social rights.


Religion in Tokugawa Japan

Professor Shelton Woods of Boise State University explores the role religion played in shaping Japan's Tokugawa Period.


The Three Unifiers of Sengoku Era Japan

Professor Shelton Woods of Boise State University explores the Sengoku Era (1467-1603) of Japan, also as the Warring States Period, and the three men, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who emerged to restore a sense of political, economic, and social calm throughout the realm.


Education and Budo

Michael Wert, Associate Professor, Marquette University examines the Budō in Japanese education discusses potential ethical problems that might arise.


Violence and Democracy in Imperial Japan

Dr. Eiko Maruko Siniawer of Williams College examines violence and democracy in imperial Japan.


The Many Faces of Kamishibai (Japanese Paper Theater): Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Tara M. McGowan explores the past, present, and future of Kamishibai, Japanese Paper Theater.


Are the Japanese People Religious?

Professor Helen Hardacre analyzes the question of whether the Japanese are religious through historic and cultural lenses.


Origami in the Classroom: Where Every Child Counts!

Practical tips and techniques for using origami in the elementary classroom.


Social Media and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011

Examination of the role social media played in communication after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident of March 11, 2011. The article explores the relationship between "scientific communication" and "ordinary communication."


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