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. The site features thought-provoking essays; classroom-ready lesson plans; an area for asking and answering questions; resources including historical documents, maps and images; and member profiles. In addition to user-generated content, the editorial team will develop original materials organized around different themes.  We invite you to contribute materials of your own and join the discussion.

Come explore common greetings in the first installment of Japan Society's Japanese Language video series!

Featured Content

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 2: Numbers 1 - 100

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


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 4: Going to a Destination

Learn how to construct a simple sentence expressing where you will and will not go as well as asking someone where they are going.


Resource: Japanese Lesson 5: Four Useful Verbs

Learn the verbs: to eat; to drink; to see/watch; and to listen/hear in this lesson.


Resource: Moto's Kitchen: Recipe 15 - Bento

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


Essay: Japanese Literature and the Environment

Dr. Karen L. Thornber of Harvard University gives an overview of Japanese literature and the environment starting with the Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves, Japan's oldest surviving poetry anthology from the 8th century, to modern day reactions to the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and earthquake.


Resource: 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.


Education Programs are made possible by generous funding from The Freeman Foundation.
Additional support is provided by The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Chris A. Wachenheim, Jon T. Hutcheson, and Joshua S. Levine and Nozomi Terao.
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.