Learn all about the Japanese samurai!
JAPAN! The Samurai (49 pages total) is a comprehensive lesson on the samurai warrior class which dominated the Medieval period of Japan with its military prowess as well as with its significant contributions to the arts and culture of Japan.
The lesson is presented in a slideshow format with PowerPoint images that accompany each part of the lesson. There are three sets of PowerPoint images provided:
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The lesson covers the origins of the samurai, their influence on feudal Japan and how their roles changed in the Edo period, how society in Medieval Japan was structured, samurai armor, the influence of Zen Buddhism on the samurai, bun and bu (the culture of arts and arms), the way of the warrior known as bushido, and their cultivation of the arts including ikebana, shodo, rock gardens, and haiku, with a special look at chado known as the way of tea.
Complementing the samurai armor lesson are two versions of a very easy art project. Here, students will make a replica menpo (half face mask) with an attached yodare-kako (throat guard):
1. For the NO PREP VERSION, copy the printable provided onto white copy paper. Students can color with colored pencils/crayons/markers and cut out. Facial hair can even be glued on using scrunched strips of left over scraps of white copy paper. Mask can be glued onto a colored sheet of paper to display (optional).
2. For the EASY PREP VERSION, copy the printable provided onto colored card-stock. Students can color in the yodare-kake with colored pencils/crayons/markers, glue on pony beads representing riveted metal grommets and scrunched brown paper bag strips for facial hair, cut out, tape on some string, and either wear or display.
There is also a fun WRITING ACTIVITY that acts as a culmination of the entire lesson in which students must make a resume to get hired as a samurai. A printable template, instructions for activity, and a sample key are provided.
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Would you like to present more lessons on Japan? THIS LESSON IS PART OF AN INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN BUNDLE!
Get three lessons in one, all on Japan! Lessons include a country study, a lesson about the samurai in feudal Japan, and a look at Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day)!
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