We have also made a page for Japan in our World Postcard-Geography Album.
|James' map of Japan|
This time, in addition to making a map of Japan, we explored their culture.
|Quentin's Japanese Bunraku Theatre|
A pop-up picture showing a typical scene from a Japanese Bunraku theater performance. This type of theater is the main subject of the book The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson.
|Alex's Folded Paper Kimono Doll|
Commodore Matthew C. Perry
Attack on Pearl Harbor in WW II
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
|The Sorobon, a Japanese "counting tray."|
|Sumi-e, an ink and wash painting technique that began in China and found its way to Japan.|
Cherry Blossom Trees
|Suminagashi: The Art of Japanese Paper Marbling|
Moribana (Flower scenery)
Gyotaku (Fish Printing)
|A Pair of Red Clogs, Masako Matsuno|
|Japan's Flag |
made from tuna and rice
other things to explore:
- Geography-Postcard Album: Japan
- Suminagashi: The Art of Japanese Paper Marbling
- The Abacus and the Soroban
- Sumi-e Painting
- The Travels of Marco Polo: Medieval Japan
- A Pair of Red Clogs, Masako Matsuno (Pre-K and up) the story of Mako, a little Japanese girl, and what happened when she cracked her shiny, new pair of red clogs while playing the weather-telling game. She wanted a new pair so badly that she almost did a dishonest thing to get them.
- The Cat Who Went to Heaven, Elizabeth Coatsworth (age 8 and up), fable from ancient Japan
- The Master Puppeteer, Katherine Paterson, (age 13 and up), set in feudal Japan
- The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn (The Samurai Mysteries), Dorothy Hoobler, (grade 6 and up), While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.
- Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, Rhoda Blumberg, (5rd grade, age 10 and up), the opening of Japan (1853-1854).
- Shipwrecked! The true adventures of a Japanese boy, Rhoda Blumberg (4th grade and up), a 14-year old boy, Manjiro, is shipwrecked while fishing off Japan's shores and is not allowed back into Japan because of its seclusion laws. He lives in America for a while and then returns to Japan just in time to help with negotiations with Commodore Perry. Manjiro ends up rising in status in Japan to become a Samurai. Fascinating true story.
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
- Wonder Tales From Around the World, Heather Forest
- Old Japan (Make it Work), Andrew Haslam and Clare Doran. Beautiful to look at, but impractical crafts, at least for this craft-deficient teacher.
sources and inspiration:
- Bunkaru Theatre and Map of Japan Project at Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop
- Folded Paper Kimono at A Faithful Attempt
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
- Candy Sushi
- A Pair of Red Clogs at Delightful Learning
- Japanese Cheesecake at Green Cilantro
- Origami Party at Kinderdays
- Japanese Party at Restless Risa
- Japanese Tea Party at Parent's Magazine
- Around the World in 12 Dishes, Japan
- The Bento Box at Small Potatoes
- Japanese Star Festival at Juggling with Kids
- Exploring Haiku at Creative Family Fun
- Japanese Peg Dolls at Domestic Goddesque
- How to make Japanese Paper Dolls "Ningyogami" at This Side of the Island
- Koinobori Windsocks at That Artist Woman