Japan Project By Patrick G. The Rice School

Japan Project
By Patrick G.
The Rice School
• Japan is located in the continent of Asia,
but it’s an island located eastern most of
• The Japanese people
use a type of money
called yen.
• If you brought a dollar
to Japan it would be
about a lot of yen.
• Japan has about 127,000,000 people.
• Tokyo has about 12,000,000 people.
Japan Government
• The Japan government started in 1947.
• The three branches of the Japan
government are the Legislative, the
Executive, and the Judicial.
• Japan has a parliamentary government
system like Canada.
• There are 15 judges for the Supreme
Japan Culture
• The Japan culture is pretty much a rich
blend of Asian influenced.
• Japan has traditional performing arts that
continue to thrive in Japan today which
include kabuki, noh, kyogen, and
• Other Traditional arts such as the tea
ceremony and ikebana, are part of the
everyday lives of Japanese people.
Japan Education
• The basic school system in Japan is
composed of elementary school, middle
school, high school, and university.
• About 97% of the Japan students go to
high school.
• Students learn shodo and haiku in school
and we do not.
Japan Clothing
• The traditional dress of Japan is the
• Kimono is usually worn on special
occasions like the Shichi-Go-San or
weddings and a lot of other occasions.
• The kimono dress tends to limit one’s
movement, and it takes time to put it on
• The word for meal in Japan is gohan.
• An average Japanese meal consists
of steamed rice along with fish or
regular meat. Also usually
vegetables for the side. Then there's
soup and pickled vegetables.
• All Japanese people eat with
• Japanese even eat rice with their
• Before eating their food they say
itatakimasyu which is a polite phrase
which means I receive food.
• Japan has 42 prefectures.
• These prefectures can be divided into nine regions: Hokkaido,
Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and
• Each region has its own dialect, customs and unique traditional
• The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
• The land area of Japan is 378,000 square kilometers.
• The whole Japan is surrounded by sea.
• Japan suffers many natural disasters like typhoons which is the
name of hurricanes in Japan.
• 3 fourths of Japan is covered by mountains.
• There are about 188 types of mammals in Japan.
• There are approximately 665 species of birds.
• Japan has more types of cherry trees than any other country.
Early History of Japan
• Stone Age: People live by hunting and
• Jomon Period: Permanent settlement
begins; people use polished stone
tools and earthenware.
• Yayoi Period: start of rice cultivation
and use of metal utensils.
Landmarks/ Historical Places
• The oldest surviving structure in Japan ( also
the oldest in the world) is called Horyuji
Temple and was completed in in the year of
• Two major historical temples that were in
Japan were called the temple of the golden
pavilion and the temple of the silver pavilion.
• The tallest building in Japan ( also the tallest
in the world) is the Tokyo Tower and it was
completed in the year of 1958.
Festivals and Celebrations
• April 8th is when the
Buddha's birthday takes
place in Japan and this is a
celebration for Buddhists.
• April 29 is a day to give
thanks to nature and it is
called Greenery Day.
• There is a festival in
November called the festival
of the rooster.
• November 15 is Shichi-gosan, a day of prayer for the
healthy growth of young.
Art and Music
• Shinozaki Tatsuki won many
awards for his artistic
abilities to draw pictures
really good.
• Sugawara Hiroki was a very
good player for drums and
he is probably one of Japans
top drum players.
• Many kids can have artistic
or musical abilities.
• The boys of Wakahaya Taiko
perform in public between 25
and 40 times a year.
Baseball in Japan
• Baseball is the most popular sport in
• There are12 professional baseball teams
in Japan.
• The teams are divided in two leagues and
they are called the central league and the
Pacific league.
• Each team gets to play about 140 games
in one season.
The Japan National Flag
• Japan’s national flag is called the
• It became the national flag in the late
nineteenth century.
• The flag depicts the sun as a red disk in a
white background.
Japan and Videogames
• Now most Japanese
families with
children own at
least one videogame
• One of the world’s
favorite video game
made by Japan was
the Gameboy
Japan Language
• Three types of
characters are used
to write Japanese.
• The word sun in
Japanese is hi.
• The word person in
Japan is hito.
• The word tree in
Japanese is ki.
Outside of School
• The Japanese kids
spend their free time in
all kinds of ways like
playing videogames,
such as those made by
Nintendo and Sony, but
Japanese children also
go outside to play
soccer and baseball or
to ride their bikes just
like American kids do.
Tokyo Tower
• The Tokyo tower is 13 meters taller than
the Eiffel tower.
• The Tokyo tower was completed in the
year 1958.
• Visitors can ascend to the main
observatory at 150 meters and the
special observatory at 250 meters to
get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo.
Why You Should Go To Japan
• It has many different Japanese
customs like their food, music, video
games, (thank you) plays and many
other things such as the Tokyo Tower.
• http://web-jpn.org/kidsweb/index.html
• http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3009.html