Explore the links below for lessons, resources, and professional and academic opportunities specific to Japanese Studies.
CJS produces a number of educational materials through involvement in teacher workshops and community events.
Download our K-12 publication, Exploring Japan, created specifically for middle and high school students with an interest in Japan. The articles are written by University of Michigan students and staff, and include topics on Japanese society, language, and opportunities for student involvement.
Download Interview for a Job in Japan, created by Mina Mori, Japanese Teacher at Athens High School in Troy, MI. Mina wrote this lesson plan as part of her participation in the K-12 Business Language Conference held at Florida International University in January, 2010. Mina attended this conference through the support of CJS and the Center for International Business Education (CIBE) at the University of Michigan.
Buddhism in Book of the Dead
Order a free copy of this slidecast, featuring UM professor Kevin Carr presenting on Japan's early cultural and religious history, or borrow the Book of the Dead DVD by contacting CJS.
East Asian Celebration: New Year's Traditions
Download a recording of this workshop featuring presentations on the customs, language, art, and food, as well as demonstrations on music and dance from iTunes U. Note: You must first download iTunes in order to access this video.
East Asian Celebration: The Art & Etiquette of Tea
View the Japanese Cha-no-yu (tea ceremony), performed by the Japanese Society of Detroit Women's Club and narrated by Anita Savio of the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit.
Understanding your Students: A Workshop on Cultural Competence
Increase your knowledge of the challenges faced by Japanese children in the American schools by viewing presentations on culture shock, cultural identity, cross-cultural communication, and more.
Understanding your Students: A Workshop on Cultural Competence
University faculty and staff, independent consultants, educators, administrators, and community members gather together in a two-day workshop to explore the cultures and challenges of international K-12 students. Videos and slidecasts are available for viewing here
- About Japan - A Teacher's Resource (from the Japan Society) provides lessons, essays, and a discussion board that enable teachers to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively teach about Japan.
- The Japan Project connects teachers with different topics in Japanese studies.
- J-Guide to Japan provides a topically arranged directory of Internet-based resources.
- OSU: Institute for Japanese Studies contains lessons and units available for teachers on various subjects, including heritage, contemporary culture, and Japan's place in the world.
- Visualizing Cultures provides visual images and interactive units for teaching about Japan.
- Expanding East Asian Studies provides lessons on East Asia categorized by core subjects.
- Japan Past and Present provides links to various lessons, categorized by subject.
- Education about Asia is a journal available through Association for Asian Studies. Explore their website for information on subscribing, as well as access to past editions.
- Outreach World allows teachers to search for lessons organized according to country, time period, grade level, and more.
History & Geography
- A comparative lesson on Japanese warriors is available through Discovery Education.
- Japan-guide provides information on the Japanese calendar.
- Internet Sacred Text Archive provides information on Ainu Folk tales and culture.
- Bridging World History: Early Belief Systems features an informative video on Shinto.
- Project Gutenberg makes “Bushido: the Soul of Japan” available to the public.
- Download Japanese maps from the National Geographic Society in PDF (the Zoom-in feature of Acrobat Reader is handy for PDF display).
- Learn about places with tectonic activity through.Discovery Education.
Civics & Governance
- Debate the decision to drop the "A-Bomb" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, then view a school boy's testimony of the Hiroshima bombing, available through MIT.
- Include a lesson on the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II in your U.S. History curriculum. Follow it up with a lesson on the civil rights movement.
Music, Art , and Literature
- Japanese Traditional Songs - Available online, and include words, sheet music, and MP3s.
- Learn about the Koto - Includes how to play "Sakura, Sakura."
- Taiko Teacher Resource Guide - Download the guide that accompanied the 2003 Kodo Performance, produced by the University Musical Society (UMS).
- Lesson Plans for Festivals in Asia - Download through Discovery.com.
- J-pop Videos - Accessed free-of-charge by visiting YouTube.
- Drawing Anime Style - Exploring how cultural difference affects cartoon style.
- Freer Gallery of Asian Art - Offers an educational programs page for teachers.
- Digital images of Japanese Art - Linked from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
- Japanese Tea Culture - Teach your students about this art form.
Language & Culture
- Association of Teachers of Japanese, Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese, and Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan provide teaching materials as well as information on textbooks, workshops, conferences, and Japanese language programs.
- Images from Japan - Photographs of Japanese sights and scenes.
- Keiko Schneider's Bookmarks - Links to Japanese language and culture resources.
- Mononoke Hime - A resource for listening comprehension and word/phrase recognition.
- Nihongo Web - Offers an interactive, online Japanese language and culture program from the University of Alabama, available for high school and/or college credit, or for those who just want to learn Japanese on their own.
- Learn the Kana - An introduction to Hiragana and Katakana.
- WWWJDIC - A valuable dictionary and language resource for students of Japanese.
- Trends in Japan - Lists resources from Web Japan that provides articles on various aspects of Japanese life and society, including street fashion, food and travel, and popular culture.
- Channel J - Links to internet TV and movie news website. Available in Japanese and English.
- Feminism in Japan - Provides an extensive list of books on Japanese gender relations.
- Short videos - Provides links to videos of contemporary Japan.
- Deai & The Way We Are - Offer a look into high school life in Japan.
Film, Anime, and Folk Tales
- Film and Photography in Japan - Gives information on these topics.
- Anime - An Annotated Filmography for Use in the Classroom provides aid for K-14 educators in using anime to teach about different aspects of Japan.
- Guides to Japanese Films is available through Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS).
- Japanese Ghost Stories - Teach literature through film.
- The Teacher's Companion to the Anime Companion
- Aspects of Popular Culture
- Manga as a Teaching Tool: Comic Books without Borders
- Manga University
- Asian Educational Media Service: for Students of Literature & Humanities
- Japanese Literature Lesson Plans (membership fee required)
- Japanese Folk Tales (bilingual English-Japanese)
- Japanese Literature and Folk Tales - Provides excerpts from Japanese literature and folk tales in the original Japanese.
Just for Kids
- Visit Ann Arbor and Yookoso Ann Arbor J-Blog - Resources designed for Japanese expatriates, available through the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
- Japanese School of Detroit - A K-12 heritage language school providing instruction in Japanese for area students.
- Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit - Promotes mutual understanding and ongoing dialogue between the citizens of Japan and the U.S. Contact their public relations section for resources about Japan.
- Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) - Provides support to Japanese businesses in the area.
- JSD Women's Club - Promotes relationships between the Japanese community and the local communities in Michigan through cultural and educational activities. The volunteers provide demonstration and instruction on the arts of origami, Japanese calligraphy, tea ceremony, Japanese classical dance, among others.
- Great Lakes Taiko Center - Offers live taiko performances, classes in taiko drumming and is committed to sharing and spreading taiko drumming in Michigan and the Great Lakes area.
- Michigan-Japan Professionals' Association (MJPA) - Provides a network to Japanese businesses, organizations, and residents that strives to stimulate cultural, economic, and educational opportunities in Michigan.
- Outreach World offers a variety of resources and opportunities for educators and students.
- The Japan Project connects teachers with different topics in Japanese studies.
- Asian Educational Media Service provides information on Asian media. Available through the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
- Ask Asia (Asia Society) provides a variety of teaching resources.
- Asia in the Curriculum provides information on conferences, professional development workshops and provides educators with lessons on Asia.
- The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) - Produces an online version of its academic newsletter that addresses issues related to Japan.
The following NRCs offer Japan-related events, resources, and expertise (Title VI federally funded):
Columbia University, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Cornell University, East Asia Program
Duke University, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
Georgetown University, East Asia Center
Harvard University, Asia Center
Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium
Michigan State University, Asian Studies Center
Ohio State University, East Asian Studies Center
Stanford University, East Asia National Resource Center
University of California-Berkeley, Center for Japanese Studies
University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California, Asia Institute
University of Chicago, Center for East Asian Studies
University of Hawaii, East Asia Council - Japan
University of Iowa, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies
University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies
University of Pennsylvania, Center of East Asian Studies
University of Pittsburgh, Asian Studies Program - Japan
University of Washington, East Asia Center
Yale University: Council on East Asian Studies
- Asahi, Daily Yomiuri, Mainichi, and The Japan Times - Links to newspapers in English.
- Social Science Japan (Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo) and Nipponia (quarterly about culture and society) - Links to journals.
- East Asian History Sourcebook - Provides a comprehensive collection of links and documents to aid scholars interested in East Asian (most of the resources relate to Japan or China).
- Foreign Press Center Japan - Links to a private, non-profit foundation that supports the foreign press in Japan.
- Japanese Studies Research Resources - Provides a collection of research tools and bibliography at Duke University.
- The Japanese Text Initiative - Offers a part of the online library of the Electronic Text Center Library, University of Virginia. Currently includes the Kokinshu, Ise Monogatari, Hojoki Noh plays, Sarashin Nikki, the Manyoushu, works by Saikaku, Basho and many others. Can be searched in Japanese or English.
- JPOLL - Link to the Japan Public Opinion Location Library. Contains a searchable archive of public opinion data from Japan.
- Kinema Club - A searchable database of Japanese film, organized by Abe Mark Nornes, Chair of the Department of Screen Arts & Culture and Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.
- The Japan Society - Offers courses, workshops and summer study tours in Japan for educators.
- Educator Exchange and Professional Development - Available through ALLEX—Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (formerly Exchange: Japan).
- Workshop for Teachers of Japanese - Offered through Michigan State University.
- CARLA Summer Institutes - Designed for for foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators.
- Franklin R. Buchanan Prize - Available through the Association for Asian Studies, is awarded to educators that develop curriculum materials dealing exclusively with one or more Asian countries.
- Pre-College Education Program - Offered through the United States-Japan Foundation, provides support to projects that promote mutual study and learning on topics related to the U.S.-Japan relationship, including in-depth study of the culture, society and history of both countries.
- New Perspectives: Japan - Offered through the Laurasian Institution and open to all pre-collegiate teachers for summer study.
- Study Homestay Program - Offered through the Andeo International Homestay and open to college-age students and adults.
- The Hikone Exchange Program - Offers 7th and 8th grade student in Ann Arbor a chance to compete to become student ambassadors to Japan, attend a Japanese Junior High School and live as part of a Japanese family, and be matched with a Japanese student host.
- LanguBridge - Offers study abroad summer immersion programs for high-school and college students 14 years of age and older (varies by program) in Tokyo.
- Andeo International Homestays - Offers flexible 2-6 week summer study program for high-school students ages 14-18.
- ASSE International Student Exchange Programs - Offers students a chance to study in Japan for the summer or one academic year.
- YFU USA - Offers semester-long and academic year programs for high-school students and recent high-school graduates, ages 15-19.
- The Experiment in International Living - Offers an Anime Four-week Summer Arts Program, open to high school students and focuses on Japanese animation, and a Japanese Language Training Four-week Summer Language Program, open to high-school students who have at least one year of language study.
- CCI High School Exchange - Offers semester or academic year programs open to high-school students ages 16-18.
- Japan National Tourism Organization - Lists information about Japan, the Japanese, travel, major cities, holidays, hotels and much more.
- American Chamber of Commerce in Japan - Offers internships for US students.
- Career Strategy Inc. - Offers Career Counseling and Executive Search information in Japan.
- DISCO International Career Resource - Provides recruiting events to help Japanese-English speakers in attaining their ideal jobs.
- Japan Business Center - Provides business center facilities and consultation to help you succeed in Japan.
- Japan Exchange and Teaching - Offers the JET Program information for those wishing to travel to Japan and work as Assistant Language Teachers, Coordinators for International Relations, or Sports Exchange Advisors.
- Japan Internet Communications Service - Promotes international business and cultural exchange with Japan by posting job and business opportunities in Japan and around the world.
- Japan Newbie - Gives several categories of jobs in Japan
- Jobs in Asia - Contains numerous listings of jobs in and around Japan.
- O-Hayo Sensei - Offers bi-weekly newsletter of English teaching jobs in Japan.
- Find Jobs in Japan - Provides a listing of various job opportunities in Japan.