Dig in: The Many Faces of Japan through Japanese Foods
Presented by: Boston Children's Museum and Primary Source
Course Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Location: Boston Children’s Museum

This seminar goes beyond sushi, teriyaki, and tempura! We will learn Japanese history and customs by exploring the world of Japanese food. What foods are key to a long healthy life? How does geography and seasonal change influence eating habits? What kind of lunch students in Japan eat? What age do kids learn how to use chopsticks? These are just some of the questions we’ll begin to discuss.Using Japanese food as aon Japan, participants explore the traditional aspects as well as the contemporary culture of Japan. Discover social issues, religions, holidays, and daily customs through Japanese food. See, touch, smell, taste, etc – this will be a fun multisensory seminar!
For more information, please contact Akemi Chayama at (617) 426-6500 ext. 295 or email Chayama@BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

Ichigo Daifuku Making
Lok-wah Li, Playscape Educator, BCM



More than raw fish: Food of Japan in the history and daily life
Dr. Merry (Corky) White, Anthropology Boston University


Discovery Channel Program on Japanese Food "food way"
Fresh, local, seasonal
Minimalist cooking
Principled cuisine
Full of contradictions, no such thing as Japanese food??? Regional
Eating with your eyes, attractive first
Major technique to master is cutting
Bento box: balance, something from the ocean (fish), mountains (vegetables) and fields (rice) eye (color), texture, nutrition, appealing to a child (my mother's love, signature)
Movement to teach children about Japanese food history, political, taste, and nutrition
600 AD arrival of chopsticks, language, Chinese characters that needed to be adjusted, many Chinese influence, Buddhism introduced, milk products disappeared
Poor people couldn't even eat the rice they were given ate millet and seaweed instead very separate from foods from upper classes
900 AD cookbooks
1850s opening of Japan brought influence of many cultures

Learn Social issues and Daily Customs in Japan through Obento
**Debra Samuels**

Presentation so important...

Elements of Obento
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Variety
  • Seasonality
  • Nutrition
All about balance
  • 5 color elements (like food pyramid in circles in balance) Red, yellow, black, white, green

  • Mother's job to create a visually pleasing, nutritious and delicious meal.
  • Child's job to appreciate and eat entire meal
  • Peer pressure between mothers and children, teachers will call mothers about Obento. It is a serious job for mothers
  • Some places in Japan it is required to make Obento boxes
  • A thoughtful process , green lunch
  • "make sure there is something in it that makes his heart dance"
  • Teachers check Obento to see if parents okay
  • Make sure children eat all of food

Lots of books and websites dedicated to Obento. Special considerations for gender and age
Bibi's Box
www.e-obento need google translate

Itadakimasu - eat Obento

Juno-no-Machiya - Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum
Primary Source Japan Resources (Google Earth Tour)
Kids Web Japan
Showa Institute

**Chado Japanese Tea Ceremony**
Lina Yamahita

Resources on Japan for Educators

Follow-Up Resources from March 19, 2011

Primary Source


This webpage has information about books, children’s books, films, websites, curriculum on Japan.

Boston Children’s Museum


Teaching Kits:

Group Visits:

Merry (Corky) White



Debra Samuels



Grocery Stores

Japanese grocery stores
· Ebisuya (65 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155); phone: (781) 391-0012; website: ebisuyamarket.com/
Japanese grocery store with produce, packaged and frozen foods, and snacks and candies all imported from Japan.
· Japan Village Mart (200 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445)

The following Asian markets also sell some Japanese foods:
· Reliable Market (45 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143); phone: (617) 623-9620
· H-Mart (Burlington)
· Super 88 Market (Chinatown and other locations)

Japanese bakery
· Japonaise Bakery & Café (200 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445); phone: (617) 232-080
Japanese bread and snack cafe.

Other Resources

Curriculum Materials on Japan

ABCJP website < http://abcjp.net> Take a Cultural Journey through Hinragana, the ABCs of Japanese
by Cyrus Rolbin; the author of a book The ABCs of Japanese: Hiragana and Katakana

Asia for Educators.< http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/> East Asian Curriculum Project (EACP)/Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum, Columbia University.

Asia Society
1995 Tune in Japan: Approaching Culture through Television. Washington, DC: The Asia Society.

Associates in Multicultural and International Education
1990 Omiyage. Littleton, MA: World Eagle

Bernson, Mary Hammond and Linda S. Wojtan, eds.
1996 Teaching about Japan: Lessons and Resources. Bloomington, IN: Social Studies Development Center.

Capital Children’s Museum
2001 Japan: Through the Eyes of a Child: Resource Guide for Educators. Washington, DC: Capital Children’s Museum

Duffy, Jo and Takashi Oguro
1992 Teenage Tokyo: The Story of Four Japanese Junior High School Students. Boston: The Children’s Museum and The Japan Forum.

Finkelstein, Barbara and Elizabeth K. Eder, eds.
1998 Hidden Messages: Instructional Materials for Investigating Culture. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

Moore, Willamarie
2000 StarFestival: Exploring Cultural Heritage: Teacher’s Guide. Cambridge, MA: StarFestival, Inc.

National Council for the Social Studies/Keizai Koho Fellowship
1996 – 1998 Tora no Maki: Lessons for Teaching about Contemporary Japan, Volumes I, II, III. Waldorf, MD: National Council for the Social Studies Publications.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education
1994 Japan Meets the West: A Case Study of Perceptions. Stanford, CA: Stanford Project on International and Cross-Cultural Education.

1996 Japanese Radio Exercises. Stanford, CA: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education.

2000 The Social Fabric of Japan: Case Studies of Selected Minority Groups. Stanford, CA: Stanford Project on International and Cross-Cultural Education.

General Background and History On Japan

Beasley, W.G.
1999 The Japanese Experience: A Short History of Japan. Berkeley: University of CA Press.

Embree, Ainslie T. and Carol Gluck
1997 Asia in Western and World History: A Guide for Teaching. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Gordon, Andrew
2003 A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hanley, Susan B.
1997 Everyday Things in Premodern Japan. London, England: Univ of California Press

Naito, Akira
2003 Edo, the City that Became Tokyo: An Illustrated History. Tokyo, New York and London: Kodansha International.

Reischauer, Edwin O. and Marius B. Jansen
1995 The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity, Enlarged Edition. Cambridge, MA:

White, Merry
2002 Perfectly Japanese: Making Family in an Era of Upheaval. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Culture of Japan

"Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch-box as Ideological State Apparatus', in Anthropological Quarterly, October 1991,64:4, pp. 195-208

Ekiguchi, Kunio and McCreery, Ruth S.
1987 Japanese Crafts and Customs: A Seasonal Approach. Japan: Kodansha International Ltd.

Ekuan, Kenji,
1998 The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Lewis, Catherine C.
1995 Educating Hearts and Minds. Cambridge University Press

Tatsuo Anzai and Yukio Tachibana
1987 Pictorial Encyclopedia of Japanese Culture. Tokyo, Japan: Gakken Co. LTD.

Yoshida Mitsukuni and Sesoko Tsune, Naorai
1989 Communion of the Table Tokyo:Cosmo Public Relations Corp.

Naomichi Ishige
“Dig in! Japanese Culture in the Kitchen: Food: Another Perspective on Japanese Cultural History” in NIPPONNIA, No.36, March, 2006: pp 4-7

Children’s Books and Resources

Carle, Eric and Iwamura, Kazuo
2000 Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! A Story of Friendship in Two Languages. Tokyo: Doshin-sha Pusblishing Co.

Dooley, Norah
1992 Everybody Cooks Rice. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group.

Eleanor Coerr
1999 Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. NY: Putnam Juvenile

Friedman, Ina R
1987 How My Parents Learned to Eat. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Hidaka, Masako
1986 Girl from the Snow Country. Brooklyn and LaJolla: Kane/Miller.

Iijima, Geneva Cobb
2002 The Way We Do It In Japan. Morton Grove, IL: Morton Grove & Company

Kamishibai for Kids

Kids Web Japan

Krasno, Rena
2000 Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines: Celebrating Japanese Festivals.
Berkeley, CA: Pacific View Press

Kuklin, Susan
1995 Kodomo: Children of Japan. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Little, Mimi Otey
1996 Yoshiko and the Foreigner. New York: Frances Foster Books.

Melmed, Laura Krauss and Jim LaMarche
1997 Little Oh. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books.

Moore, Willamarie and Wilds, Kazumi
2011 All About Japan; Stories, Songs, Crafts, & More: Tokyo, Vermont, Singapore: Tuttle Publishing

Moore, Willamarie and Broderick, Setsu
2010 Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms, and Matsuri: A Year of Japanese Festivities: Tokyo, Vermont, Singapore: Tuttle Publishing

Nomura, Takaaki
1991 Grandpa's Town. Brooklyn: Kane/Miller Book Publishers.

Quackenbush, Hiroko C.
1994 The Runaway Riceball. Kodansha International.

Rolbin, Cyrus
2008 The ABCs of Japanese: Hiragana and Katakana. Australia, Intext Book Company

Sakade, Florence, ed.
1990 Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company (Original published in 1953)

Say, Allen
2005 Kamishibai Man. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company

Sono, Janet and Maren Sono
1998 Let’s Sing! Japanese Songs for Kids. [with CD] New York: Kamishibai for Kids.

Takabayashi, Mari
2001 I Live in Tokyo. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

The Japan Forum

Japan-related Organizations in the Boston Area

· The Japan Society Of Boston, Inc.
420 Pond Street
Boston, MA 02130 (617) 451-0726
Language classes, programs on Japanese business and culture, resource library for members. A Guide to Japan in New England is published annually and may be ordered from the Society.

· Consulate General Of Japan, Boston
Federal Reserve Plaza, 14th Floor
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210 (617) 973-9772
General information on Japan. Library, films, other resources for educators.

· Asian American Resource Workshop
33 Harrison Ave., 3rd Fl.
Boston, MA 02111-2008 (617) 426-5313
Civil rights and educational organization with the largest Asian American reference library in New England. Focuses on issues pertaining to Asian Americans and multicultural education.

· Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
CGIS South Building
Second Level
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-3220 Fax: (617) 496-8083
Email: rijs@fas.harvard.edu
< http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/>

“The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University supports research on Japan and provides a forum for related academic activities and the exchange of ideas. It seeks to stimulate scholarly and public interest in Japan and Japanese studies at Harvard and around the world.”

· Harvard-Yenching Library
2 Divinity Avenue, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-2756 Fax: (617) 496-6008
Email: hylpub@fas.harvard.edu <http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/#hyl>

Research library. Before your visit, send an email with your purpose to the library.
“Most extensive academic research collection of East Asian materials outside of Asia. Includes publications in the humanities and social sciences on traditional and modern East Asia written in East Asian and Western languages.”

Folk Crafts

· Tokai
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 864-5922
Traditional Japanese folk crafts including textiles, pottery, ironware, tea ceremony utensils, Japanese paper and origami. Also carries Japanese music, lanterns, and other accessories.

· KEIKO: Fine Japanese Handcraft
121 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 725-2888
www.keikogallery.com Open daily except on Tuesdays.
A gallery and store specializing to introduce contemporary Japanese arts and crafts.

National Organizations and Resource Listings

· The Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10021 (212) 288-6400
Programs that encompass the public affairs, arts and cultures of all of the countries of Asia. Extensive educational materials on Japan.

· Asian Educational Media Service (Aems)
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
230 International Studies Building, MC-483
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(888) 828-2367
Offers information about where to find audio-visual media resources for teaching and learning about Asia, and advice about which ones may best suit teachers’ needs. Publishes quarterly News and Reviews, a newsletter with reviews of films, videos, web sites, CD-ROMs and other educational media about Asia.

· Association For Asian Studies
1021 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 665-2490
Educational materials and catalogues of recommended resources on Japan. Publishes Education About Asia, a quarterly journal for educators on ways to present Asia in the K – 12 classroom.

· East Asia Institute, Columbia University
MC 3333
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10025-7951
(212) 854-1723
Coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.
Develops excellent web-based resources for teaching about Asia.

· East Asian Resource Center
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-1921
< http://jsis.washington.edu/earc/>
Resource center, curriculum materials, and newsletter.

· Five College Center For East Asian Studeis
Florence Gilman Pavilion
Smith College
69 Paradise Road
Northampton, MA 01063 (413) 585-3751
Lending library and extensive catalog on Japanese resources available for K –12 teachers in New England. Publishes quarterly Newsletter of events and programs scheduled throughout the five New England states.

· Stanford Program For International And Cross Cultural Education
Encina Hall, Rm. E-016
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6055 (650) 723-1116
Publishes excellent curriculum materials.

· The National Clearinghouse For U.S.–Japan Studies
Indiana University
2805 East 10th Street, Suite 120
Bloomington, IN 47408 (800) 266-3815
Provides educational information about Japan to K-12 students, teachers, specialists, and curriculum developers. Publishes Shinbun, a newsletter for educators, Japan Digests on specific topics, and offers a comprehensive database, lesson plans, and extensive Internet guides and resources.

· Mid-Atlantic Region Japan-In-The-Schools Resource Center (Marjis)
International Center for the study of Education Policy and Human Values
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
A lending library of resources including books, curriculum guides, multimedia sets, videos.

· Program For Teaching East Asia, University Of Colorado
Boulder, CO (303) 492-8154
< http://www.colorado.edu/cas/TEA/>
Publishes curriculum on Japan and leads professional development seminars for teachers, including study trips to Japan.

· Programs In International Educational Resources (Pier)
East Asian Studies, Yale University
The Yale Center for International and Area Studies P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
(203) 432-3410
Provides programs and services to educators, to the media, to the business community and to the general public designed to broaden understanding of global, international, and world regional issues. YCIAS/PIER currently has professionals who focus on Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Europe, as well as global and trans-national issues.