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.

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 12, 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: Violence and Democracy in Imperial Japan


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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

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Resource: Japanese Lesson 2: Numbers 1 - 100


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

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Resource: Japanese Lesson 1: Introductions


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

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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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About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource
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