About Japan, A teacher's resource

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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.


Featured Resource

August 14th marks the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II. Our featured essay examines the Allied occupation of Japan (1945-1952), a contentious period in Japanese history.

August 14th marks the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II. Our featured essay examines the Allied occupation of Japan (1945-1952), a contentious period in Japanese history.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Resource: Hiroshima Peace Dome


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

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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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