DownloadVideo: How to Make a Tanzaku
Tanzaku are coloured strips of paper which make during the Tanabata Festival. People usually write a personal wish on tanzaku and hung it up on bamboo. Make your own tanzaku with coloured paper/card by following our instructions.
DownloadIntroducing Manga to the Art Classroom
Manga (comics or graphic novels) are a Japanese form of visual storytelling. These lessons give students an introduction to the history and cultural significance of Manga in Japan and as an art form.
DownloadManga: Lesson 1 - Manga Style
In the first lesson, use the teachers' notes to provide students with key information about Manga. Students will then compare Japanese Manga style with the Western comic book style.
DownloadVideo: How to Make an Origami Kabuto – Samurai Helmet
On Children’s Day in Japan (May 5), many school children will make origami kabuto helmets. Follow this video to make a mini version.
DownloadVideo: How to Make a Teru Teru Bozu – Sunshine Charm Doll
Follow this video to make your own teru teru bozu dolls. They are thought to work as a charm to stop the rain and bring sunshine.
DownloadVideo: How to Make a Chouchin – Lantern
Follow this video to make a paper lantern. Traditionally people light chouchin lanterns on the first day of Obon festival to invite the spirits of ancestors back to their family home.
DownloadVideo: How to Make an Origami Uchiwa – Paper Fan
In the summer in Japan, you will also see many people carrying fans called uchiwa. Follow this video to make a mini origami version.