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  • Shinto Shrine Purification Ritual

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    This instructional poster from Ebara Shrine in Tokyo shows children the proper way to purify before entering a Shinto shrine.

  • Yasukuni Shrine Senbei

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  • White Day

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  • White Day Display

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    White Day is a holiday in which men give women gifts, much like Valentine's Day in the United States. This picture is of a display of items for sale at a high-end store. The translation of the sign, which can be seen after the picture is clicked, says a lot about changing gender roles in Japan.

  • Obento: The Japanese Lunch Box

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    This lesson, featuring hands-on activities, teaches lower elementary students about nutrition and Japanese food culture through introducing the obento, or Japanese lunchbox many children bring to school.

  • Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival

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    Bring Japan's Star Festival, Tanabata, to the classroom and experience a Japanese summer holiday through visual aids, storytelling and many hands-on activities!

  • Canned Whale Meat

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    Eating whale, a controversial issue, is permitted in Japan. In fact, whale meat provided a key source of cheap protein in the early postwar period. A discussion of this picture can be used as an entry point to discussing issues of cultural taboos, cultural relativism, and the extent to which the debate over the protection of whales is based on "science" vs. culturally ingrained ideas.

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