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Artful Storytelling (lesson)

Objective: Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.

Duration: One class period over the course of 1 week

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

Background Information

Artists and Patrons of the Edo Period (1615–1868) in Japan

Prior to the Edo period (1615–1868), many painters and sculptors remained anonymous, occupying relatively equal status to carpenters and other artisans. The position of the artist during the Edo period changed, as artists became more successful financially, and better educated. Some of them began to be seen as celebrities, arbiters of taste with eccentric personalities. Although many still worked for low wages in obscurity, the Edo period marks the emergence of the artist as individual, as the genius creator in Japan. Learn more.

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

Artwork

Battle of Awazugahara, from The Tale of the Heike

This scene illustrates an episode from the chapter, “The End of the Life of Kiso Yoshinaka,” in The Tale of the Heike, a thirteenth-century recounting of the wars between two powerful clans, the Heike and the Genji (also called the Taira and the Minamoto). By the time this painting was made, important episodes from The Tale of the Heike such as this one were widely familiar and had become popular subjects for paintings.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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An Introduction to Kabuki Theater

Kabuki was one of the three most popular dramatic forms of Japan, the other two being Noh drama and puppet theater (bunraku).

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

Video

At the Table: Aedan Fermented

Mariko Grady, founder and entrepreneur of Aedan Fermented, discusses fermentation processes, particularly for koji, live-cultured food that is the heart of her traditional Japanese products.

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

Artwork

A True Picture of the Steamship Powhatan, approx. 1854

A True Picture of the Steamship Powhatan; A Ship Generally Called a Steam Frigate…, from the Black Ship Scroll, Edo period (1615-1868); approx. 1854. Japan. Handscroll segment mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper. Museum purchase with assistance from the Japan Society of Northern California, 2012.60.2.

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

Artwork

A Guardian King, approx. 900-1000

A guardian king, Heian period (794–1185), approx. 900–1000. Japan. Wood. The Avery Brundage Collection, B67S1.

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

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Winning Without Hands

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Jeff Byers, tells the legend of Bokuden, a famous samurai.

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

Video

Zen Calligraphy

Shodo Harada Roshi, the abbot of Sogenji, a 17th century monastery in Okayama in Japan and international teacher of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, demonstrates his large scale calligraphy works.

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

Background Information

Religious Practices of the Samurai

An overview of the religious practices of the samurai.

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