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  • Golf In Japan

    Resource

    Springtime is golf-time in Japan, as well as elsewhere in the West. This movie actress is a devotee of the game imported from the West.

  • Yukio Mishima Overtaking the Self Defense Forces

    Resource

    Famed novelist Yukio Mishima on the balcony of the Ichigaya Station of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in 1968, before committing suicide.

  • Illustration of first Japanese Parliament

    Resource

    Illustration of the first Japanese Parliament reproduced from an engraving.

  • Food History & National Myths

    Essay

    Kushner examines how ramen can be used to better understand Japanese history and identity in the 20th Century.

  • Doraemon cartoon character on a Merry Go Round

    Resource

    Doreamon, one of the most popular cartoon figures in Japan, as a ride on a merry go round in Ueno Park, Tokyo.

  • Anime and Manga: It's Not All Make-Believe

    Essay

    Anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese cartoons) are wildly popular with American children. Antonia Levi, a historian of Japan and expert about anime and manga, offers ideas as to how to use these popular items in the classroom, including highlights and possible pitfalls.

  • Study for Metropolis #2

    Resource

    This work is part of a series by a New York City-based artist, Katsuhiro Saiki, in which he photographs buildings in the city close-up and then cuts, joins and folds the images into 3-dimensional forms.

  • A Remade Environment

    Lesson

    By comparing "Study for Metropolis #2" by Katsuhiro Saiki and "The Hudson" (Detail) by Junko Yoda, students expore the connection between art and environment. Topics discussed include the ways the artists' feelings about the landscape influenced the artwork, along with a more general discussion about "accurate" representation in art.

  • The Hudson (Detail)

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    The artist who created this work, Junko Yoda, moved to New York City from Japan around 1966 when she was in her early 20s. She painted this aerial view of the Hudson River much later (2006) in response to flying over Ithaca & the Finger Lakes.

  • Community Identity?

    Lesson

    By comparing "The Boxing Papers (Shinohara B)" by Kunie Sugiura and a scene from "Boxing Painting" by Ushio Shinohara, students will expand their knowlege of different artistic techniques while analyzing the concept of "community."

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