Japanese teaching resources: Culture

Resources and ideas for Japanese, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Japanese Introduction SOW

Japanese Introduction SOW

An introduction to the Japanese language and culture that I made for my secondary school Japanese club. It covers introductory phrases, an outline of the three alphabets of Japanese (hiragana, katakana and kanji), simple questions and answers, numbers and a bit of calligraphy using hiragana. Contains a 58 slide PowerPoint and Hiragana/Katakana handouts.

By btite

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Japanese Lyrics)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Japanese Lyrics)

Every two years, our school puts on a Summer Carnival where each year group gives a performance based around a different country. Last year, Year 3's country was Japan. The children learnt how to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' in Japanese. They also performed a contemporary dance and wore traditional Japanese clothes and accessories. It was a fantastic event and the children loved every minute of it. I have uploaded the lyrics in case you would like to try something similar at your school. This link takes you to the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGgOKEaMWZU

By juliannebritton

Cultural History of Asia bundle

Cultural History of Asia bundle

Three timelines on the cultural history of India, China, and Japan. Carefully researched and full of detail. Can be used as classroom exercise or as background information for the teacher.

By addeter

Japanese homes

Japanese homes

This is a PowerPoint showing the different types of Japanese accommodation and the differences with flats and apartments in the UK.

By kjchalmers

Japanese school system

Japanese school system

An introduction to the different levels of schooling in Japan and the set-up of the school day as it differs from the UK.

By kjchalmers

Japan - Land of Fire and Ice

Japan - Land of Fire and Ice

A look at the geology of Japan, the impact of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami on the country and the benefits of Japanese hot springs (onsen).

By kjchalmers

Japan (country study)

Japan (country study)

Let’s get to know Japan! This worksheet includes 17 pages with a great variety of activities and exercises about Japan. The materials have informative exercises about the things that Japan is famous for, such as Sushi, Sumo wrestling, Samurai, Mount Fuji, Ninjas and many other things! Crosswords, word searches, puzzles and other kinds of activities are included to make it a fun and interesting class. The answers and an answer sheet are included.Overview: Page 1: Japan in picturesPage 2/3: Brief introductionPage 4/5: HistoryPage 6: ShintoismPage 7: Everyday LifePage 8/9: Japanese CulturePage 10/11: AttractionsPage 12: FoodPage 13/14: Martial ArtsPage 15: Ninjas and SamuraiPage 16/17: RevisionExtra: Board gameThe following questions are just a few examples of the aspects handled in this worksheet: - What is Manga? - What is the difference between kendo, sumo, judo, jiu jitsu and karate? - What is the difference between a samurai and a ninja? - What are shoguns? - What is Shintoism? - How do Japanese people live? - Why do they work so hard? - What is pachinko? - What is a capsule hotel? - What are Geishas? - What different kinds of Japanese food are there? - What is a Kimono?You might also like these worksheets: South Korea North Korea China Thailand (free!) India Geography - Asia You can save money by purchasing bundles! All units: 28 Country Studies Asian Country Studies Keywords:Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Sumo, Shrine, Camera, Nuclear bomb, Atomic bomb, WW2, Kimono, Ginza, Samurai, Shogun, Ninja, Castle, Manga, Karate, Bullet train, Super Mario, Robot, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, Bonsai, Origami, Sushi, Capsule Hotel, Sake, Pagoda, Mount Fuji, Akihito, Shinzo Abe, Emperors.

By willemmacau

The Snow Witch - A Japanese Tale of Yuki Onna

The Snow Witch - A Japanese Tale of Yuki Onna

This illustrated text is of an old Japanese ghost story from a book of Japanese folk tales called the 'Kaidan' that was published in the early 1900's by the writer, Lafcadio Hearn. I have designed this as a multi-media resource with a Teacher's Guide providing links to sites that provide detailed history of the genre along with more examples of the 'Kaidan' type of Japanese mystery tale. In addition, there are links to a haunting animated video of the story and a version that provides an added quiz and question prompts within the video itself.56 pagesThis resource contains;1. A Teachers Guide outlining the possible classroom uses of the text and links to other useful sites and videos.2. An illustrated full color 12 page PDF version of the story that contains the full text, a set of comprehension questions and character analysis and point of view writing prompts for ELA students. There is also a short history of the Kaidan genre along with comprehension questions and a writing prompt for Social Studies students.3. The same PDF text in black and white and another version with white background for easier printing.4. An ePub version for teachers use or for students with tablets.5. A student answer's PDF for the text questions.6. An online Zaption video that contains an animated video of the story with embedded questions that can be used as discussion prompts by the teacher in presentation form. (Zaption sign up is recommended for this).The story is about two men stuck in a snow storm who take shelter in a small hut. While sleeping there they are visited by a woman in white who proceeds to kill the older man with her icy breath, but spares the young boy with the warning that he must tell no one of what he has seen. Later, she turns up in his life as a beautiful young woman, and the unsuspecting young man marries her. They have a happy life with many children until one night he decides to tell her the story of the woman of the snow.....The story is in the public domain, as are all of the ukiyo-e images I have used. Some of the others are m own work.If you enjoy my resources you can find more comic books and multi-media resources in my shop at;https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/kibishipaul

By kibishipaul

The Cultural History of Japan:  A Chronology

The Cultural History of Japan: A Chronology

This is a chronology in summary form of twenty-two of the key events in the cultural history of Japan with dates and key events from the last 5000 years.I think this resource is of use for a teacher's own research or to use as a student activity.At the end of the document there is a suggested activity where students can use the information to create a timeline of Japanese cultural history. I have my students follow the directions as listed at the end of the chronology.The work in selecting and compiling this chronology is my own. My main research resource for this information was from Morton and Olenik's book Japan: Its History and Culture. The timeline was developed, focusing on events that help address issues of culture, transmission, and geography.

By addeter

Japanese Festivals and Culture

Japanese Festivals and Culture

A cross curriculum resource for Japanese and Social Studies/ Humanities. This assignment includes library (research skills) and discussion with your librarian is recommended and a library lesson (or several) booked. There are several elective topics within the Festivals and Cultural activities to choose from and students can also pick their own useful phrases to include. Teacher notes and an Assessment/marking sheet are included.

By Balance4Life

Passport to Japan & its Culture

Passport to Japan & its Culture

Ideally suited to students from Yr 3 upwards, this Multiple Intelligences assignment requires students to complete 8 of 16 tasks over a 10 week term. Teachers will need to download the assignment and print double sided, then fold in half. Select coloured card/heavier paper for the students to create their "passport" - extending them by using kana. Staple in the centre.As each task is completed, a sticker is placed on that page. Suitable Japanese icons/pictures are readily available on the web if the accompanying worksheet of stickers doesn't suit. Some students will seek to do more than the 8 tasks and I would suggest that this be counted as extension work. A marking sheet is also included.

By Balance4Life

Music of the Far East

Music of the Far East

This topic explores music of the Far East including the following countries: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Polynesia, Bali and Java. Year 5 will also learn about the importance of the pentatonic scale in Chinese music. They will be given the opportunity to learn to play a traditional piece of Chinese music (Jasmine Flower) on tuned percussion and keyboards and will also be set the task of composing their own piece of music using the pentatonic scale. The class will also be given the opportunity to learn to sing a Filipino & Polynesian song as well as taking part in a classroom Gamelan activity for the last two weeks (they will use classroom tuned percussion to create Gamelan style music).As well as broadening their musical listening and experiences this topic is also great for linking with geography and history too.

By iamsomewhere

JAPAN - A TALE OF TWO CULTURES.

JAPAN - A TALE OF TWO CULTURES.

JAPANESE CULTURE.TRADITIONAL VS MODERN.ART, ARCHITECTURE, ENTERTAINMENT, HISTORY.MANGA, SAMURAI, KARATE, GEISHA, FASHION, TRANSPORT.RELIGION, FOOD, TECHNOLOGY, LITERATURE (HAIKU).10 STRANGE FACTS.THERE IS LITTLE TEXT IN THIS POWER POINT. THE IMAGES ARE MEANT TO PROMPT DISCUSSION ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OLD AND NEW JAPAN.PLEASE REVIEW AND LEAVE FEEDBACK :)

By nicklongford32

Japan Quiz

Japan Quiz

Children can research answers using books or the internet. Good for homework.

By megaalex66

In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura: Creative literacy and art ideas

In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura: Creative literacy and art ideas

This PDF document outlines some great ideas for how you can bring In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura to life in your primary classroom. Mainly suitable for KS1 but the basis of interesting work for children across primary education.This resource is free! If you download it, I would really appreciate feedback. Just a few words will do and it makes all the difference to the work I offer!For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk

By articulate_education

Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes

Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes

This assembly lays out the true story of Sadako, the girl who inspired hope after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima even after shed died from radiation poisoning. Part of the Teach Peace Pack from The Peace Education Network. Find more great assemblies at http://peace-education.org.uk/teach-peaceAim: to explore the human cost of war and see how children, so often the innocent victims, can work together for peace.This assembly is most effective if it is followed up in the classroom with the making of origami cranes carrying the children’s messages of peace. Some children may find the content of this assembly upsetting, so be aware of the need for sensitive follow up.

By EllisQPSW

Sushi wordsearch

Sushi wordsearch

Word search based on sushi related words - useful for world food activities, sushi making lessons or cultural days.

By Motivacy