Japan America Society
Drawing on the unique resources of the nation’s capital and our long history, the JASWDC promotes friendship and understanding between Americans and Japanese through diverse programming that spans the educational, cultural, business, and policy spheres.
Japan in a Suitcase
Presented by: Japan America Society
Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JiS) is a free program which packs a little bit of Japan in a suitcase and brings it to children at schools, libraries and festivals in the greater Washington, DC area. This program promotes understanding of Japan and Japanese culture to school children through presentations, hands-on activities, games and demonstrations. A team of JiS presenters visit the classroom with a suitcase filled with all kinds of things – a traditional Japanese backpack with all its contents, kimono and yukata, newspapers, maps, and more – that illustrate contemporary life in Japan. JiS tailors each presentation to the school’s curriculum, the teacher’s desires, the time available, and the students’ ages and/or grade level. No two presentations are exactly alike, but they all achieve the same goal: to introduce children to Japan beyond the traditional classroom setting and interest them in the world beyond their shores.
Length of Event: Approximately 1 hour
Content Area: World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Diversity, Japanese Culture, Traditions and Language
Learning Standards: Students will be able to build a general understanding of Japanese arts, language and culture through dynamic activities and engaging presentations and understand the differences between American and Japanese Culture (and other Asian cultures).
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Capacity: 25 -100 students, at least one teacher needed