Few countries on earth boast a culture as diverse and multifaceted as that of Japan, where modernity and tradition blend seamlessly. It’s a land where people take light speed rails to visit Shintō shrines, and oversized cell phones are viewed as the quintessential fashion accessory for a kimono. Gaining a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture through experiential learning has been a focal point for Global Studies, Art and English this term, and the ninth and tenth grade students of these courses recently completed an interdisciplinary project exploring some of Japan’s many crafts and ceremonies.
Japanese Cultural Crafts and Ceremonies was an interdisciplinary unit, which gave grade 9 and 10 students the opportunity to explore a craft or ceremony with cultural relevance to our host country, Japan.
Whilst on weXplore trips in Hiroshima and Kyoto, students experienced a variety of craft making techniques and ceremonies through a series of hands-on workshops and performances.
The students each wrote a paper explaining the cultural significance of their chosen craft or ceremony for their Global Studies class; produced a set of directions related to their personal topic for their English class; and created a 3-dimensional object inspired by the craft or ceremony for Art class.
Each of the students’ projects is on display at craftingjapan.thinkglobalschool.org. Like what you see? Reward their hard work by letting them know in the comments, and be sure to visit Spot to see projects from all of our terms.
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