- Learn about the Kimono,
the Japanese traditional clothing. How would you describe the
clothing? long, flowing, layered, etc.
How is the man's kimono different than the woman's kimono?
mainly colors - he wears dark conservative
colors, she wears brighter colors What do the layers of
clothing tell you about the climate in their country? it
must be cold a lot!
- Read about the sounds
of the Japanese language. What meanings can "hashi"
have? chopsticks, bridge or edge How
are they different? where the accent falls
How could this affect learning the language? it
could be very hard if your language (English) doesn't do this very
often - you could also have students think of examples of where
English does this (I know there's a few, I just can't think of any
right now). Email me
if you do...
- Look at the Japanese
holidays and cultural events. Find out what holidays are
in the current month. Describe the festivities. Do you have a
similar holiday? Describe it. Answers will
vary. You could get creative here and try to celebrate like they
do! Note: Don't worry about viewing the Japanese text! You can
read the English fine.
- Also visit AskAsia
and check out the Activities. Play the language game or make
an origami bunny! Note: This AskAsia
page has an incredible educator section with lesson plans and more!
- Look at this map
of Japan. What does the square box in the bottom left hand
corner mean? to look at the expanded version
of that part of the map - called the inset What is the
capital of Japan and what famous mountain is it near? Tokyo
and Mt. Fuji What countries are across the sea from Japan?
South Korea, North Korea, China, Russia
Check this physical
map from Atlapedia. Describe the land forms that make up
Japan. lots of mountainous islands
- What is the national
flower of Japan? cherry blossom or
sakura How do Japanese people share the significance of
this flower? they have festivals, parties
under the trees, newspapers tell when and where the trees will
bloom What is your state/province/national flower? Why
do you think it was chosen? Answers will
vary. You could extend the lesson to do an art project related
to the arts link on this page.
- Visit the Japanese
history page. Who were the samurai?
the Japanese warriors What principles guided their lives?
loyalty, self discipline, brave, selfless
behavior. How is this similar to the principles that guide
your life? Answers will vary.
- What unique
and catastrophic event happened in Japan during World War
II? the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki For lots of information, visit this Museum
and other links on this page. a lot could
be done with these pages, especially with the nuclear tests in
- Visit the price
check page. Say you leave the airport for a ride in a type
1 taxi and ride for 2km. Then you stop and buy an English newspaper
and 10 pieces of chewing gum. Since you're hungry, you buy 3
donuts. Then, since you've lost your toothpaste, you buy the
cheapest you can get. Finally you find another taxi (this time
type 2), and ride back to the airport (assuming its the same
distance back as coming). How many yen will you have spent? Challenge:
visit the currency converter to see how many dollars you spent!
Answers will vary depending on the current
- Visit the Japan
Photo Gallery. What else can you pray for? Answers
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