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Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months

Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months, one of a pair (1703), by Yamamoto Soken (1683-1706). Japan. Six panel folding screen; Ink and colors on silk. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D82+.1.

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

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Japanese Painting: Kano School

The Kano school, established by Kano Masanobu (1434–1530), primarily served the samurai class. Their bold designs of powerful animals and symbolic plants and trees, blending aspects of native Japanese with Chinese styles, were the perfect decoration for screens and sliding doors in the large official audience halls in samurai residences. Learn more.

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

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Fire Procession Costume, 1700–1900

Fire procession costume, approx. 1700–1900. Japan. Silk, linen, and arrowroot (kuzu). The Avery Brundage Collection, 1991.137.

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

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Festivities of the Twelve Months, approx. 1700-1800

Festivities of the Twelve Months, approx. 1700-1800. Japan. Handscroll; ink and colors on paper. The Avery Brundage Collection, B86D19.

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

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Festival of Sumiyoshi Shrine, 1650–1700

Festival of Sumiyoshi Shrine, one of a pair, 1650–1700. Six panel folding screen; ink, colors and gold on paper. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mrs. Herbert Fleishacker, B69D58.

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

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Female Shinto spirit, approx. 1100–1200

Female Shinto spirit, Heian period (794–1185) or Kamakura period (1185–1333), approx. 1100–1200. Japan. Wood with traces of pigment. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mrs. Herbert Fleishacker, B69S36.

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

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Fan-shaped box with the Eight Views of Omi (Lake Biwa)

Fan-shaped box with the Eight Views of Omi (Lake Biwa), Meiji period (1868-1912)-Taisho period (1912-1926). Japan. Lacquered wood with makie (sprinkled metallic powder) decoration; silver. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60M255. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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Exploring Japan's Geography through Visual Analysis

Students explore the unique geogrraphical features through visual analysis of works of art. Then, they infer how these characteristics affected Japan’s culture and relationships with the mainland.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Edo Period Society (1615–1868) in Japan

After 150 year of civil war, the Shogunate in Japan was determined to enforce and maintain a stable society. The Shogunate further extended its control of the people through a class system with social and economic constraints. The highest class was composed of the samurai, followed by farmers, craftsmen, and at the lowest level, merchants.

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

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First Man Across the Uji River

The first man across the Uji River and the battle of Awazugahara, From The Tale of the Heike, one of a pair, late 1600s. Japan. Six panel folding screen; ink, colors and gold on paper. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D60+.

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