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Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Cafe Hours
Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
Location
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Japan

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Code of the Samurai in Art and Literature

Students will view representations of literary epics, read related excerpts, and discuss how those scenes exemplify the code of the samurai.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Chanoyu: The Japanese Art of Tea

The Japanese phrase Chanoyu, translated literally as “hot water for tea,” refers to the tradition of preparing and serving powdered green tea in a highly stylized manner. Learn more about this tradition.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Create a Simulated Woodblock Print

Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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An Introduction to the Geography of Japan

Part of a long archipelago off the eastern rim of the Asian continent, the island country of Japan has four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Learn more.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Brushpainting (interactive)

Create your own brush-painted masterpiece.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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An Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism has deeply influenced the character and evolution of Asian civilization over the past 2,500 years. It is based on the teachings of a historical figure, Siddhartha Gautama, who lived around the fifth century BCE. As it moved across Asia, Buddhism absorbed indigenous beliefs and incorporated a wide range of imagery, both local and foreign, into its art and religious practices. Buddhism continues to evolve as a religion in many parts of the world.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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