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Video

At the Table: Reclaiming Tofu

Tasting Menu is a series that considers connections between Bay Area “foodie” culture and objects in the museum’s collection.

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

Activity

Create Your Own Tomb Guardian

Do you want to make your own tomb guardian? They will need to be strong and fierce to keep unwanted spirits out of your tomb and keep your tomb objects safe.

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

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Draping the Sari

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

Lesson

Mapping the Silk Road

Students analyze objects from South Asia, West Asia, and China to connect to the travel experiences of ancient merchants and traders, develop an understanding of the breadth of the land and sea trade, and explore how art and ideas travel and change over time and place.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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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

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Baat Cheet with Founder of Healing Yoga Foundation Kate Holcombe

Utilizing the special exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation as a point of departure, this short, dynamic talk, or Baat Cheet, focuses on California’s unique role in the adoption, evolution, and popularization of yoga today.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

Activity

Create Your Own Mandala

Experience the quiet, meditative act yourself when you create your own mandala, a geometric meditation map.

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

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New Year's Celebrations: China

Rituals and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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

Background Information

Introduction to Puppet Theater (Wayang) of Indonesia

For more than a thousand years Indonesians have used wayang theater as a method of addressing the conundrums of life. The lively puppet traditions of South and Southeast Asia have portrayed epic stories that shrank the cosmos down to a miniature world. The vast expanse of the earth could symbolically be reduced to the few feet of a puppet stage. The puppeteer’s lamp became the sun, throwing light on myriad creatures who, in their nobility or baseness, make up the world.

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