Radio Taiso is a 3 minute exercise routine that has been practised for nearly 100 years in Japan. Fun for children and adults alike, Radio Taiso is commonly used for group warm-ups in Japan.
DownloadO Hanami (April)
In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami and compose haiku poems using their own thoughts about spring and nature.
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.