About Japan, A teacher's resource

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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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Personal Testimonies – President Harry Truman’s grandson and a Korean atomic bomb survivor


The video introduces striking testimonies by Clifton Truman Daniel, President Harry Truman's grandson, and Jong-Keun Lee, a Korean native residing in Japan and a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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Japanese Entryway


A short video of a typical entryway in a Japanese home.

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Japanese Bathroom


A short video showing features of Japanese bathroom, shower, and kitchen, including environmentally friendly, high tech features.

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Japanese Hobby Room and Closet


A video showing a western-style room, hobby room and closet for kimono in a Japanese house.

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No Second Thought Decree - Primary Source Document


After British sailors committed several violent acts off Japan’s southern shores in subsequent years, the government issued this no-nonsense 1825 decree, barring all foreign ships. The decree stayed into effect until the 1840s.

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Mochi Tsuki


Learn about the Japanese New Year's tradition of pounding mochi.

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Elementary Physical Education Class


A physical education class in a Japanese elementary school.

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Elementary School Day Finishes


Students from an elementary school in Japan packing up at the end of the school day.

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Five Things You Need To Know About Kuromori Kagura


William Lee, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies Centre at the University of Manitoba, shares five important things to know about Kuromori Kagura, traditional music and dance from the Tohoku region in Japan, in this fun YouTube video.

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Shichigosan


Shichigosan (7-5-3), celebrated annually on November 15, is a Shinto ritual to celebrate the health and well-being of 3- and 5-year-old boys and 3- and 7-year-old girls.

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