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In this open forum for inquiry and exchange, all members can ask and answer relevant questions about any aspect of Japan Studies or educational practice, including research, resources and pedagogy. Questions can include in-depth supporting information. Over time, we hope that these questions will accurately reflect a wide range of the interests and teaching experiences of the community.

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Yayoi Kusama


 Konnichiwa! Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the NHK documentary about Kusama Yayoi called "Yayoi Kusama: The Unstoppable Polka Dot Princess?" Best regards, Garret

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Simple craft ideas


I am organizing the Japan exhibit as part of a cultural festival in my school system. I am trying to find a simple craft that would be good for a wide range of ages (approximately kindergarten to sixth grade). Any ideas would be appreciated. I am also looking for ideas for a dish to make that could feed 500 people. Thank you! trishablackmar@yahoo.com

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Judo for girls in post-war School Curriculum


I am a lecturer in Oriental Studies in Brazil, and I'm conducting research on the history of Judo, together with scholars from the Sports Studies field. We have been looking for information on Judo as part of the national school curriculum *after WWII*, including today. In this period Judo has started to lean towards a westernized sport model, and from the late 60's onwards women have been included in competitions. Our specific questions: how has Judo been available in PE for girls, compared to boys, since the 50s? Has it ever been popular as a sport for girls, or is there still some resistance (the idea of girls suitable for non-competitive Judo only)? How is the degree of female participation in martial arts in the school curriculum today? Judo scholars, also in Japan, have been extremely reticent about this issue, usually discarting it as non-important. I am now looking for help from scholars in Gender Studies instead. Thank you in advance.

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Setting up a Sister School


Hello I sponsor/teach a Japanese Club in a High School in Maryland.  I would really like to set a cooperative program with a sister school in Japan.  Something that perhaps we could teleconfrence to or set up a "penpal" letter system with.  Does anyone know of any resources that could help me set this up or have any contacts that I can use?  Thanks for your help.  Feel free to email me directly at jsspiff@gmail.com Thanks!! Jen

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understanding more about japanese religion


Hello! I am a doctorate resercher based in Brazil, my theses is about japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, I am reserching for opportunities to study overseas, it could be in Japan or the USA, since part of my doctorate research can be done overseas ( I have support to do this), I am now reserching for a course or symposium related to japanese contemporary photography / religion in japan. Unfortunatelly I do not speak japanese, so I was wondering if it is possible to find any course in english. Thank you very much for your help, Angela Prada

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Building an online Japan resource library. Any suggested resources?


Hi everybody, I'm putting together a modest collection of Japan-related links, and I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions. The site relies on RSS technology, and the links on my site are always updating in real time with the original sources. I've just started two months ago, and there are only about 20 categories right now. A modest start... If anyone here is an expert in a particular field (i.e. Japanese Politics, History, Art, Film) and wouldn't mind taking two minutes to send me their favorite 2 or 3 links, I'd certainly appreciate it. You can email me at rick.2jpn[at]gmail.com or submit your suggestions via this web form: http://www.2jpn.com/suggest/ It certainly looks like there's a good bank of knowledge on this site that I can link to, and I look forward to digging deeper to see what I can find. Thanks, Rick Martin

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I'm looking for information on the introduction of western fairy tales in Japan.


Can anyone help me--I'm having trouble locating dates and publication information for Perrault's or the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales in Japan. I'm still looking, but any nudge on western fairy tales in Japan is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Is there a rankings list or recognition system indicating the best primary and secondary native Japanese teachers in Japan?


I am working on a public education documentary film, and we are exploring international comparative models with the Japanese model and the concept of the Japanese "Sensei" as a central focus. We are looking for stories about exemplary native Japanese teachers within the primary and secondary school systems. I am wondering if there is a rankings list, or "teacher of the year" equivalent that could help us locate some native Japanese teachers recognized as leaders in their profession. Also, if anyone in their first hand teaching experience have come across an exceptional Japanese instructor or someone who could help shed light and illustrate the concept of "Sensei" we are very interested in hearing your stories. We have found many prominent Japanese scholars and university professors teaching in Japan as well as in the U.S., however we are hoping to find unique personal stories about stellar individuals at a more local level. Any help, insight, ideas or suggestions for our search would be much appreciated! I can be reached by email at costello.shannon@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

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I am looking for the instructions/directions and music for the Fisherman Dance. Help!!!!


I am a Physical Education teacher; and lucky participant of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund June 2008.  I am sharing the dance of Japan with my high school students.  My students will then share what they have learned with the elementary students.

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Does anyone know of individuals who can demonstrate the traditional tea ceremony


I am the Social Studies teacher ( middle school grades 5-8) for a small independent school in southern vermont and we are doing a 12 week unit on Japan. I am hoping to find someone within a reasonable distance who can demonstrate the traditional tea ceremony and also speak to other aspects of Japanese culture both traditional and contemporary.

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