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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Flying Carp Kite

In this activity, children will make a paper carp which may be flown at their own homes on May 5th. Skills reinforced through this activity include: greater understanding of traditions, aesthetic awareness, symbolism, fine motor skills, visual discrimination and awareness, measurement and following directions.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3)

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Create Your Own Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Sword making is a refined and highly scientific art that is revered in Japan. A sword guard (tsuba) is a metal guard on a samurai sword between the handgrip and the blade. It protects the hand from sliding onto the sharp edge of the blade. Sword guards vary in shape and design and were carved or molded. Use the templates or create your own shape and design a sword guard.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Samurai Warrior Codes: Comparing Perspectives from the Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo Periods

The term, bushido, is often used to describe the samurai warrior code during medieval and modern times. The definition refers to a late 19th century description and was actually quite different than codes from earlier times. Compare warrior codes from different times with the modern definition of bushido. Then, choose which code you think matches the samurai in the screen painting, the Battles at Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from The Tale of the Heike.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection

Overview of the Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibition that took place at the Asian Art Museum from September 26–December 6, 1998 (filmed at former museum location in Golden Gate Park).

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

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Utensils for a Japanese Tea Ceremony

A host may spend weeks planning for a tea gathering, including making decisions about which group of utensils to use. The assemblage of objects will reflect the season, complement and contrast with each other, and, ideally, create a theme or context that the host and guest will explore together during the course of the tea gathering. Learn more.

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

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The Stupa

A short documentary on The Stupa, a hemispherical mound that represents the burial mound of the Buddha.

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

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An Introduction to the Samurai

An overview of the Japanese warrior class known as the samurai.

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