Geography of Japan - Lesson 6
The 2011 Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster had a devastating impact, costing thousands of lives. Over the course of two lessons (there is the option to condense into one lesson if preferred), students will learn how earthquakes can cause a tsunami and will also consider the impact of the disaster on survivors.
Students will look at the work of Fumio Obata, a graphic novelist and illustrator who produced ‘comic reportage’ detailing the scale and human tragedy of the disaster. They will then create their own work to educate people about the event.
- Outline how an earthquake can cause a tsunami.
- Illustrate the sequence of events on the day of the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster.
- Describe the effects of the Tohoku tsunami.
Resources (Part 1)
- Lesson Plan: L6 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami - PDF (797 KB)
- Presentation: L6 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami 1 - PPTX (6.3 MB)
- Information Sheet: L6 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Timeline (printable) - PDF (417 KB)
- Manga Activity: Manga Worksheet - PDF (292 KB) This file contains both a blank version and a pre-illustrated version
Resources (Part 2)
- Presentation: L6 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami 2 - PPTX (1.1 MB)
- Video: Music from Fukushima: The Miracle of the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta *
- Blog: Anne Kaneko's Message from Fukushima - PDF (835 KB)
- Teacher's Notes: Manga Key Points - PDF (1.8 MB)
- Fumio Obata's Website: https://www.fumioobata.co.uk/
* For more information or to contact the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, visit the Keys of Change website or email firstname.lastname@example.org