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Teaching Resources

New Year’s Celebrations (January)

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New 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.

Children’s Day (May)

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Children’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.

Setsubun - Marking the Arrival of Spring (February)

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Setsubun - 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.

Calligraphy Set

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Calligraphy Set

Class sets of regular calligraphy brushes and fude pen (pre-inked brush pens) are available. Schools are limited to one class set of brushes each.

Japan Activity Chest

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Japan Activity Chest

Traditional and modern aspects of Japan are brought to life with this chest of over 50 authentic Japanese artefacts.

First Steps Poster Packs

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First 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 Set

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Kamishibai Set

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.

Soroban (Japanese Abacus)

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Soroban (Japanese Abacus)

Class sets of the Japanese abacus as well as large teaching soroban are available. Schools are limited to one class set and one teaching soroban only each.