Elementary School (K-3),Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8)
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Students will create their own books and stamps, and can inscribe poetry or good wishes on each others books. They will then take their books with them on a pilgrimage to the Asian Art Museum, the Japanese tea garden, or the beach, and record their impressions.
Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Kanrin Maru and the first Japanese embassy to the United States, this thematic exhibit focuses on some of the first Japanese diplomats and cultural emissaries in San Francisco, and how they responded to the experience of being in America. Watch a selection of talks by renowned scholars related to this exhibition.
Asian Art Museum docent, Bob Oaks, discusses Joseph Heco, a Japanese castaway, in conjunction with the exhibition, Japan's Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860–1927, (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 4–November 21, 2010).
Watch a series of talks by scholars and model lessons by classroom teachers on Japanese history at the Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum (2012,2013, and 2017) in partnership with The University of California at Berkeley History-Social Science Project.
The exhibition Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, & other Western Artists surveys the phenomenon known as japonisme, a craze for all things Japanese that spread in the West after 1853. In that year, American ships led by Commodore Matthew Perry compelled Japan to open its ports following more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation, initiating a new period of trade and cultural exchange. Join Dr. Karen Fraser of Santa Clara University as she offers a complementary perspective examining Japanese interest in Western art during this same period.