Japanese Studies

Welcome to Japan!


TASK – What do you know?

Japan is a very popular place to visit and a lot of Japanese culture has influenced countries all over the world through things like food, technology, fashion, film and TV and so on.

  • Turn to page 2 of your booklet and list as many things that you can think of that you already know about Japan.
  • Next, read the interesting facts on page 3 and highlight five facts that you find the most interesting!

GEOGRAPHY

Japan is a spectacular and unique country that is made up of many islands in Eastern Asia. With its huge mountains and its vibrant cities it is no wonder that over 127 million people live there.

TASK – Fun Facts
  • To begin your study of Japan, watch the video below and complete the Fun Facts quiz on page 5 of your booklet.

TASK – Mapping
  • Use the Map Labelling Checklist on page 6 of your booklet and the map below to complete the map of Japan on page 7 of your booklet. Tick each item off the checklist as you complete it.

TASK – Natural Disasters
  1. Use the information on this page to complete the Natural Disasters worksheet on page 9 of your booklet.
  2. List the four main natural disasters experienced by Japan and
  3. Draw a picture to represent each.


CUSTOMS & CULTURE

Japanese culture is rich, diverse and dates back thousands of years. It is widely known for it’s combination of traditional arts, contemporary pop culture, sophisticated cuisine, unique social customs, and refined performing and visual arts. Things such as body language are also cultural.

TASK – Body Language

Body language is a kind of nonverbal communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviours, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. But did you know that the Japanese use different gestures and expressions than us for similar things?

  • Watch the video links below to learn about a few common gestures used by Japanese people.
  • Next, open to page 10 of your booklet to learn more about typical Japanese body language and complete the table with the Australian equivalent for the same gesture.
TASK – School Life
  • Using the videos and links below, learn about school life in Japan. Use this information to complete page 11 of your booklet.
Elementary School Life in Japan

School Lunch in Japan

  • Now that you have learnt a lot about Japanese elementary school, complete the Similarities and Differences chart on page 12 of your booklet.
TASK – Food

No matter where you go, it’s clear that one of the aspects of culture that is most important is food. Nearly every culture has its own food, and its own customs associated with eating food. Japanese food has become very popular in Australia. One of the most famous Japanese dishes is sushi which is made from raw fish, seaweed and rice. Rice is a very important part of the Japanese diet. It is eaten with almost every meal from breakfast to dinner.

  • Learn about the process of rice growing and harvesting by watching the videos below.
  • Next, open to page 13 of your booklet and read about rice growing in Japan.
  • Using your knowledge of rice growing, complete the worksheet on page 14 of your booklet by drawing illustrations for each step of the rice growing process.
  • Using the rice dishes on this page, find a recipe you think looks delicious and complete the recipe worksheet on page 15 of your booklet.
TASK – Festivals

Festivals are a very big deal in Japan and are often based around one event, with food stalls, entertainment, and carnival games to keep people entertained. Some are based around temples or shrines, others fireworks, and still others around the spirits of the dead. Some festivals last for days on end and most date back hundreds of years.

  • Choose one popular festival from the following options and complete the activities listed on that page to learn more about the significance of the celebration.