Japanese Culture Lessons
Japanese culture lessons are also extremely useful for people who are relocating or traveling there. Especially in a business setting, it's important to know the customs of the country to avoid unintentionally offending a potential client. Because they have many unique traditions and etiquette rules in Japan, leisure travelers should also become informed before vacationing there. Learning some of the Japanese language, etiquette, and history shows an interest in and respect for the culture as well as its people.
In the United States, learning about Japanese culture has recently become a more popular pastime among children and adults alike. This is largely due to the popularity of Japanese comics and cartoons, or anime and manga. Some people are also interested in the different fashion styles associated with Japan. Japanese pop culture is just one area to start investigating.
Japan-Zone Modern Japan section, including manga
Wikipedia Japanese pop culture pages
Another way to approach Japanese culture lessons is by studying the language, art, history, and religion of the area. Some resources are more academic than others.
The Samurai of Traditional Japan Article about the samurai
Japan National Tourism Organization Maps and other geographical information
Japanese Learning Dozens of videos on Japan
JapanesePod101 A series with podcasts and written lessons for learning the language
Japanese Etiquette Etiquette guides for various social situations
About.com Japanese Culture Lessons Information on everything from seasonal events to the royal family, manners, nature, movies, and more
Because many children are interested in Japanese culture, it makes a great unit of study for elementary, middle school, and high school students. It lends itself well to fun hands-on activities as well as reading and writing. Teaching Japanese culture is one way that students can become more informed about the rest of the world.
Japanese Lesson Plans on Teachnology Worksheets, activities, and lesson plans covering Japanese culture in fun and original ways
The Japan Project Many high school lesson plans with hands-on activities
Smithsonian Education Japan: Images of a People for grades 4-8