Kyo no Machiya

I'm Ready for School
PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
Museums and Libraries: Catalysts for Learning

Shoji Repair

Chloe age 3 working on shoji

Visitors were able to help with the repair work. Here, a 3-year-old visitor applies glue.


Coco working on shoji activity

A visitor applies finishing touches to her shoji-inspired art project.


Fusuma Repair

2009.114.12 a-c

AB 753

AB 85-40

AB 81-122

AB 81-98

Asia for Educators

Asia for Educators website. Primary source documents, timelines, teaching modules, and additional educator resources regarding themes in East Asian studies. Its subsidiary website, Online Museum Resources on Asian Art, features educator resources specific to the visual arts.

MIT Visualizing Cultures

MIT Visualizing Cultures Website. Image-driven scholarship exploring different themes in Asian studies, such as the arrival of Commodore Perry in Japan, postcards from the Russo-Japanese War, and advertisements from the early 20th century. Selected essays have accompanying standards-based curriculum guides and lessons.

Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering

Dower, John W. Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World. New York and London: The New Press, 2012. From Pulitzer Prize-winning Japanese historian, an examination of memory and perception in shaping Japan's modern understanding of World War II and implications for the role of history in a modern democracy.


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