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. 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thought-provoking essays; classroom-ready lesson plans; an area for asking and answering questions; resources including historical documents, maps and images; and member profiles.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.

Orihime and Hikoboshi, characters in a famous legend associated with the Japanese festival Tanabata, are the inspiration for these origami art pieces made by elementary students in Japan. Click here to learn more.

Featured Content

Resource: Moto's Kitchen: Recipe 15 - Bento


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

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Essay: Anime and Manga: It's Not All Make-Believe


Anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese cartoons) are wildly popular with American children. Antonia Levi, a historian of Japan and expert about anime and manga, offers ideas as to how to use these popular items in the classroom, including highlights and possible pitfalls.

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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.

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Essay: Are the Japanese People Religious?


Professor Helen Hardacre analyzes the question of whether the Japanese are religious through historic and cultural lenses.

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Resource: Japanese Entryway


A short video of a typical entryway in a Japanese home.

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Resource: No Second Thought Decree - Primary Source Document


After British sailors committed several violent acts off Japan’s southern shores in subsequent years, the government issued this no-nonsense 1825 decree, barring all foreign ships. The decree stayed into effect until the 1840s.

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Resource: Elementary Physical Education Class


A physical education class in a Japanese elementary school.

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