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Misaki's Journal is an interactive Japanese Graded Reader. This means that each journal entry has printable materials and well as digital and intractable resources available for students to use alongside their reading experience.

Please also check out the Teacher's Notebook and Misaki's Journal in the OER Japanese Grader Reader (Misaki's Journal).

Subject:
Languages
World Cultures
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Author:
Theadora Callahan
Deana Nassans
Grace McGrorty
Date Added:
05/02/2019
Godzilla and the Bullet Train: Technology and Culture in Modern Japan, Fall 2005
Conditions of Use:
Remix and Share
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This course explores how and why Japan, a late-comer to modernization, emerged as an industrial power and the world's second-richest nation, notwithstanding its recent difficulties. We are particularly concerned with the historical development of technology in Japan especially after 1945, giving particular attention to the interplays between business, ideology, technology, and culture. We will discuss key historical phenomena that symbolize modern Japan as a technological power in the world; specific examples to be discussed in class include kamikaze aircraft, the Shinkansen high-speed bullet train, Godzilla, and anime.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Nishiyama, Takashi
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Gyotaku Japanese Fish Printing
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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By acquiring knowledge of historical and cultural qualities unique to this particular art form, students can gain an understanding of how Gyotaku reflects a part of Japanese history

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Author:
Jill Gerlman
Date Added:
10/10/2010
Japanese Tea Ceremony
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This essay provides context for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Way of Tea is composed of a series of acts such as building a fire in the hearth, boiling the water, whisking the green tea powder in a tea bowl, and serving it along with some sweets. Simply put, it is an act in which the host invites the guest to share a bowl of tea together. Indeed, it began as a simple act of making and drinking tea. Over the centuries, however, it was influenced by Zen Buddhism philosophy and became a highly stylized form of art.

Subject:
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
Five Colleges Consortium
Date Added:
10/27/2019
Misaki's Journal
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Misaki's Journal is a Graded Reader for the Novice High/Intermediate Low range of Japanese learners.

The Journal follows Misaki Kondo, a high schooler from Tokyo. There are eight entries in total, each has pictures and interactive materials.

Please view the Authentic-Like Interactive Materials subfolder for links to those items. The Teacher's Notebook subfolder also includes the guide on how to use the reader for classroom use.

Subject:
Languages
World Cultures
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Theadora Callahan
Deana Nassans
Grace McGrorty
Date Added:
05/02/2019
Noh Theater
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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In learning about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance, and costuming, of Noh Plays students are also comparing and contrasting these to the other theater elements

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Author:
Daniella Garran
Nancy Jean Traubitz
Date Added:
10/10/2010
Political and Cultural Identity in Postwar Japan
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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Much of the focus on modern Japan in U.S. curriculum is on Japan's role in World War II and/or on its status as an economic superpower by the 1980s. The steps along Japan's path from a defeated aggressor nation to a peace-oriented, prosperous power are less-noted, but essential for explaining Japan's transformation and the U.S.'s role in that process. One primary source activity in this cluster focuses on Japan's postwar identity as a "peace state," and how that identity was a product of Article 9 of the new Constitution created by Americans under General MacArthur. Japan's pacifism was undergirded by a strong U.S. military presence in Okinawa, a presence now increasingly challenged by Okinawans and other Japanese. The second activity uses photographs to explore the April 2010 Okinawan protests against the U.S. base at Futenma. A final source, the animated cartoon Sazae-san, looks at an aspect of Japanese cultural identity influenced by the U.S., specifically the Japanese celebration of Christmas in the postwar years. How the Japanese have thought about these changes Đ embracing certain roles and practices while questioning or rejecting others Đ is a main theme of this group of documents.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
PrimarySource.org
Author:
Deborah Cunningham
Karen Zawisza
Ted Gilman
Date Added:
03/29/2011
Teacher's Notebook
Conditions of Use:
Remix and Share
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Written as a teacher's guide for Misaki's Journal, the Teacher's Notebook contains vocabulary lists for each journal entry, activities that further learning and interaction with Japanese culture, and more.

Please also check out the Authentic-Like Interactive Materials for all materials mentioned in the Teacher's Notebook.

Subject:
Languages
World Cultures
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Theadora Callahan
Deana Nassans
Grace McGrorty
Date Added:
05/16/2019