About Japan, A teacher's resource


This site provides educators and specialists in Japan Studies a space for sharing, discussing and developing teaching ideas and resources about Japan, especially as they relate to K-12 classrooms.

2015 Educator's Study Tour!
This three-week study tour acquaints Middle and High School educators and school administrators with Japanese society through a wide range of site visits in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Homestays with families and school visits are also significant parts of the program. The deadline to apply is March 26, 2015!

Middle and High School educators and school administrators are invited to apply for the 2015 Educators’ Study Tour to Japan. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2015!

Featured Content

Essay: 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.


Essay: Education and Budo

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


Essay: Violence and Democracy in Imperial Japan

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


Lesson: Integrating Kamishibai Performance across the Curriculum

Grade Level: Elementary
Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Tara McGowan looks at useful and accessible ways to integrate kamishibai (Japanese paper theater) into the classroom in this fun and interactive lesson plan.


Essay: 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.


Lesson: Radio Exercises

Grade Level: Elementary

Learn about Japanese radio exercises, commonly taught in elementary school and used throughout all levels of education, and how to incorporate these into your classroom as a way to keep your students refreshed and alert.


Resource: Japanese Lesson 3: Days of the Week & Month

This lesson covers the days of the week and days of the month.


Resource: Japanese Lesson 2: Numbers 1 - 100

This lesson covers basic counting in Japanese from 1 to 100.


Resource: Japanese Lesson 1: Introductions

This lesson covers eight basic Japanese greetings that are used regularly throughout the day.


Resource: Moto's Kitchen: Recipe 15 - Bento

Learn some simple guidelines to help you create a delicious and visually appealing bento (Japanese lunchbox).


Education Programs are made possible by generous funding from The Freeman Foundation.
Additional support is provided by The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Chris A. Wachenheim, the Wendy Obernauer Foundation, James Read Levy, and Jon T. Hutcheson.
About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource
is generously funded, in part, by a three-year grant from the International Research and Studies (IRS) Program in the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (P017A100018).

NY CultureStudent and Family Programs are supported by the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.