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Kamishibai: Lesson 3

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Kamishibai: Lesson 3

In this lesson students continue to look at story structure and build on the skills from the previous two lessons by creating a story map, putting all the key events of a story in order.

Kamishibai: Lesson 2

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Kamishibai: Lesson 2

In this lesson, students will learn about traditional rural Japan and use mind-maps as a tool to summarise and present key information. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 1

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Kamishibai: Lesson 1

Students will be introduced to kamishibai and make their own story plate, gathering the most important elements of the story all in one place. It can be used as a standalone lesson for those who don’t have time to follow the whole scheme of work, or for KS1 students.

Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

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Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. As creating and using Kamishibai hones speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, they have many cross-curricular applications.

Video: How to Make a Tanzaku

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Video: 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.

Tanabata Festival (July)

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Tanabata Festival (July)

Tanabata is a summer festival based on an old story which tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way.

Introducing Manga to the Art Classroom

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Introducing 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.

Manga: Lesson 1 - Manga Style

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Manga: 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.

Manga: Lesson 2 - Japanese Manga Artists

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Manga: Lesson 2 - Japanese Manga Artists

In the second lesson, students learn about diversity within Manga by watching the videos of Japanese artists talking about their work.

Video: How to Make an Origami Kabuto – Samurai Helmet

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Video: 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.