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Background Information

What is Asia?

“Asia” is a term invented by the Greeks and Romans, and developed by Western geographers to indicate the land mass east of the Ural Mountains and Ural River, together with offshore islands such as Japan and Java.

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

Lesson

Brushpainting: Nature in Art School Program (selected resources)

This selection of resources introduces students to the vocabulary, techniques, and values of East Asian ink painting. Lessons and background information compliment the Brushpainting: Nature in Art school program at the Asian Art Museum.

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

Video

Zen Buddhism

An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one’s own Buddha nature through meditation.

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

Video

Amaterasu, The Sun Goddess

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Liz Nichols, tells a Japanese story about Amaterasu, the sun goddess, in the museum’s Japan galleries.

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

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Bu and Bun: The Arts of War and Peace

In addition to superior strategic and military ability, most elite samurai were expected to be versed in the cultural arts. The warrior’s ideal balance of military and artistic skill is captured well in this description of the sixteenth century daimyo Hosokawa Yusai (1534–1610): “Renowned for his elegant pursuits, he is a complete man combining arts [bun] and arms [bu] . . .” Learn more.

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

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How to Read a Woodblock Print

Learn how to read a woodblock print.

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

An Introduction to Japanese Buddhism

Professor Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley, discusses Japanese Buddhism at the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum.

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