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.

Professional Development Course

Pacific Hostilities: Engaging with Japanese and American Experiences of the Second World War helps educators create student-centered lessons plans that feature primary-source evidence, foster historical thinking, and facilitate comparative analysis of U.S.-Japan relations.

Eligible for NYC DOE 3P credit.  Registration now open.  Course starts Sept. 26, 2015.

Professional Development Course - Pacific Hostilities: Engaging with Japanese and American Experiences of the Second World War. Registration now open. Starts Sept. 26, 2015.

Featured Content

Essay: Learning from Babysan

Learning from Babysan: An American Cartoon as a Source for Studying the Allied Occupation of Japan, and the U.S. Military Presence in Postwar East Asia


Essay: The Allied Occupation of Japan

Professor Peter Frost gives an overview of the reforms and examines the controversy surrounding an especially contentious period in Japanese history, the Allied Occupation.


Lesson: The Occupation of Japan and Democratic Reform

Grade Level: Secondary
Subject Area: Social Studies

This lesson uses source material, photos, and informational text to discuss the roles the United States and Japan played in shaping the character of postwar Japan.


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.


Resource: From Hiroshima to New York: Survivors of the 1945 A-Bombing of Hiroshima Discuss Their Experiences, Paper Cranes & 9/11

Masahiro Sasaki and Tsugio Ito, suvivors of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, discuss their memories of that day and its impact on their lives.


Resource: Ruins of The Industrial Museum of Hiroshima

The Industrial Museum of Hiroshima, which is located near the target of the first atomic blast in the history of war, is to be preserved as a memorial. A Japanese woman, whose husbnad was killed in this building by the explosion, places a bouquet of flowers in a Japanese army helmet at a marker beside the gutted framework that remains.


Resource: Hiroshima Peace Dome

Remains of the Museum of Science and Technology following the dropping of the atomic bomb.


Resource: Ten Essential Japanese Phrases

Ten phrases to help you survive on your trip to Japan. From thank you to I don't understand, we have you covered.


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