Friday, May 16, 2014

Japanese Art for Our Tea Ceremony - What will you create?

Supplies to bring in for art
- water colors
- brushes
- flowers and bowl
- sand and rocks

Supplies to bring in for the tea ceremony

- plates
- forks/spoons - chop sticks???
- bowls/cups
- Japanese food (on Thursday, May 22, 2014)
- Green Tea
- bamboo shoots (can be found at Walmart)
- wasabi peas (can be found at Walmart)
- water chestnuts
- rice
- soy sauce
- wasabi
- tofu  (can be found at Walmart)
- nori (seaweed - can be found at Walmart)

Website links for Japanese Recipes

(Please, no sushi.  Thank you)

Boiled Edamame (soybeans)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chapter 14 Section 3 - Life in Medieval Japan

During the Middle Ages, religion was an important part of everyday life. Most Japanese believed in Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto was based on the idea of animism, which is the belief that all natural things are alive and have spirits. Buddhism was divided into sects, which included Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. Followers of Zen practiced martial arts and meditation. These religions helped to shape Japan's culture by influencing Japanese art, architecture, novels, and plays. Although some Japanese nobles, merchants, and artisans grew wealthy during the shogun period, most people were poor farmers. In Japan's warrior society, upper-class women lost the freedoms they had enjoyed in earlier times.

Online Crossword Puzzle

Vocabulary Flash Cards

Spotlight Video - Chapter 14 Section 3 - Life in Medieval Japan

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chapter 14 Section 2 - Shoguns and Samurai

Japan's later emperors built upon Prince Shotoku's reforms and established a strong national government at Nara. Buddhism came to Japan from Korea. Japan's government officials and nobles accepted the religion, which also became popular among the common people and eventually caused problems in the government. Over time, Japan's government grew weak. Disputes between clans led to the creation of two governments, and the emperor forfeited all real control of the country to military rulers called shoguns. Revolts against the shoguns weakened their hold on Japan, and the country broke into warring kingdoms run by rulers called daimyo. These leaders rewarded samurai warriors with land in exchange for protection. This relationship between a lord and vassal became known as feudalism.

Spotlight Video - Chapter 14 Section 2 - Shoguns and Samurai