Activities for Japan

Language Arts

  1. Learn about the Kimono, the Japanese traditional clothing. How would you describe the clothing? How is the man's kimono different than the woman's kimono? What do the layers of clothing tell you about the climate in their country?
  2. Read about the sounds of the Japanese language. What meanings can "hashi" have? How are they different? How could this affect learning the language?
  3. 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.
  4. Also visit AskAsia and check out the Activities. Play the language game or make an origami bunny!

Social Studies

  1. Look at this map of Japan. What does the square box in the bottom left hand corner mean? What is the capital of Japan and what famous mountain is it near? What countries are across the sea from Japan? Check this physical map from Atlapedia. Describe the land forms that make up Japan.
  2. What is the national flower of Japan? How do Japanese people share the significance of this flower? What is your state/province/national flower? Why do you think it was chosen?
  3. Visit the Japanese history page. Who were the samurai? What principles guided their lives? How is this similar to the principles that guide your life?
  4. What unique and catastrophic event happened in Japan during World War II? For lots of information, visit this Museum and other links on this page.


  1. 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? 1968 yen (note: for the last trip they will have to know the meters) Challenge: visit the currency converter to see how many dollars you spent!


  1. Visit the Japan Photo Gallery. What else can you pray for?

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