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Guardian King of the West

In this video, Buddhist monk artists, Seol-min (formerly known as Jae-u) and Myung Chun discuss Korean Buddhist art and paint the Guardian King of the West, which is now in the Asian Art Museum’s collection. This video also includes footage from a symbolic “eye-opening” ceremony, which took place at the museum on December 20, 2003.

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

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Hajj Stories (Bay Area): Performing the Hajj

Inspired by the British Museum’s video Hajj Stories, staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.

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

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Hajj Stories (Bay Area): Preparations for the Hajj

Inspired by the British Museum’s video Hajj Stories, staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.

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

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In Grand Style: Celebrating Korea

Join ABC7 and the Asian Art Museum as we travel to Korea to explore the origins of the artworks in the exhibition, In Grand Style: Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910), and how they continue to influence the food, travel, and lifestyle in Korea today.

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

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Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony: Finding Harmony

The annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony follows the Japanese custom in which the end-of-the-year bell (joya no kane) is struck 108 times before midnight on New Year’s Eve, symbolically welcoming the New Year and curbing the 108 mortal desires (bonno), which according to Buddhist belief torment humankind.

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

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Heian and Kamakura Period Tea (794–1338)

The first record of tea drinking in Japan occurs early in the Heian period (794–1185) whenit was introduced to the Japanese aristocracy by scholar-monks returning from Tang dynasty China. Learn more.

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

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Haniwa in the Form of a Warrior

Haniwa in the form of a warrior, approx. 300–552. Japan; excavated at Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture. Kofun period (300–552). Earthenware. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S204.

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

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Creating Story with Music

Students express the Balinese concept of working together to create a community by applying the kecak musical pattern of interlocking parts to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and design their own chant using words or sounds to represent their characters.

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

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Hundred Schools of Philosophy

Beginning in the Eastern Zhou dynasty (ca. 1071‒ 221 BCE) was the development of the so-called ‘hundred schools’ of philosophy, a creative flowering of genius that laid the foundations for all major schools of Chinese thought with the exception of Buddhism. At this time, philosophers began to travel around from court to court offering advice on everything from how to run the state, how to achieve victory in battle and how to achieve immortality.

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