Japan and the Koreas: Society and Culture


World Cultures East Asia Japan and the Koreas: Society and Culture
Students watch a video on the Japanese education system and compare it to their own. Then they learn about traditional elements of Japanese culture, including theater arts, tea ceremonies, and floral arranging. Next, students explore Japanese pop culture, researching and reporting on anime, manga, and Pokémon. Finally, students compose a letter to a Japanese student describing their own culture and asking questions about Japanese culture.

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In this experience, students watch a video on the Japanese education system and compare it to their own. Then they learn about traditional elements of Japanese culture, including theater arts, tea ceremonies, and floral arranging. Next, students explore Japanese pop culture, researching and reporting on anime, manga, and Pokémon. Finally, students compose a letter to a Japanese student describing their own culture and asking questions about Japanese culture.

Objectives:

  • Describe elements of the Japanese education system.
  • Describe traditional and pop cultural elements of Japanese society and their influence.


In this experience, you will explore elements of Japanese culture, both old and new.

Objectives:

  • Describe elements of the Japanese education system.
  • Describe traditional and pop cultural elements of Japanese society and their influence.




What do you know about how going to school in your country compares to going to school in other countries?



Student responses will vary. Discuss what they know and what questions they may have about education in a country like Japan.


To get an idea of the Japanese education system, watch A Look at a Japanese Classroom


What did you notice about Ken’s school life? How does it compare to students his age in your community?

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Students may note that the education system is demanding. The young children are instructed to do everything on their own, even at such an early age. They may also notice that the environment appears strict and structured. Ken has been in preschool since he was one year old.

Explain how the Japanese approach to education is a reflection of the culture and its values.

 


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