DownloadHina-matsuri - The Dolls Festival (March)
Hina-matsuri is a festival to celebrate the health and happiness of girls and is celebrated every March. It is common to see public displays of ornamental dolls dressed in Heian-era fashions.
DownloadNew Year’s Celebrations (January)
New Year is the most important holiday in the Japanese calendar and celebrations are very different to those in the UK. This lesson will introduce your students to the New Year celebrations in Japan and the associated foods, decorations, and customs.
DownloadChildren’s Day (May)
The Children’s Festival is celebrated on May 5th. On this day, families pray for the health and happiness of their children. It is called kodomo no hi in Japanese.
DownloadSetsubun - Marking the Arrival of Spring (February)
The Setsubun festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated annually in Japan on 3 February. This lesson gives students the chance to learn how children in Japan celebrate the arrival of spring.
LoanFirst Steps Poster Packs
Each pack contains brightly coloured A1 posters and other linked resources which together form a comprehensive unit of study on Japan for the foundation stage.
Kamishibai is a traditional storytelling technique popularised by travelling performers who visited rural communities to tell stories using picture boards slotted into a theatre-style wooden frame.