The world is full of interesting and beautiful cultures. Teaching about different cultures can help your kids gain respect for and love for people who are different from them. If you want your children to learn about the different cultures that exist, why not introduce them to Japanese culture? There are lots of fun ways to do this, and they can be great learning opportunities for both you and your children. This article will give you some easy ideas on how to teach your children about Japanese culture and have fun doing it.
Learn About Japanese Food Through Meals and Snacks
Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. It has a reputation for being healthy and delicious, which makes it a great option to introduce your kids to Japanese culture. Look for local Asian stores and markets to find authentic ingredients and snacks. You can even get new and interesting things with snack delivery boxes.
Find authentic recipes online. Watch videos online. There are many options on YouTube that show you how to make Japanese dishes like sushi and authentic ramen noodles. If you have any friends who live in Japan, ask them what foods they enjoy eating there.
Read books about it together. Children’s books about Japanese culture often include recipes for traditional foods like sushi rolls or dumplings. You could even try making some at home together if you have access to all the ingredients necessary or visit a local Japanese restaurant to get an authentic taste of their culture through the foods they eat.
Go To Local Japanese Cultural Events
It is also possible to teach your children about Japanese culture by visiting local festivals. In Japan, many cities and villages hold festivals on certain days of the year. Festivals can be held at temples, shrines, parks, or even in large stadiums. Some festivals focus on traditional arts such as dance or music while others focus on sports competitions like sumo wrestling or kendo sword fighting. All these activities provide an opportunity for you and your kids to learn more about Japanese culture.
Start a Family Calligraphy Session
Calligraphy has a long history in Japanese culture. There are many different types of Japanese calligraphy. This form of writing was used to document their history, tell stories, and so much more. To make this a family activity, you’ll need to do some research on the art of Japanese calligraphy. There are many different types of calligraphers, so you may wish to focus on one style or another. You can find books with characters to trace and find calligraphy pens to practice with your kids. Learning a different way to write is a fun option to help you learn about Japanese culture.
Build a Paper Lantern
Paper lanterns are a beautiful example of the unique artistry of the Japanese people. Lanterns are often hand-painted with different writing and flowers. Some lanterns use specific paper colors, and many of these details have a unique meaning.
Teach Your Children How To Count in Japanese
Teaching your children how to count in Japanese can be a fun and easy way for them to learn about Japanese culture. By learning the numbers, your kids will have an easier time understanding phrases, words, and sentences that use numbers. Start by showing your children the character that represents each number, and then teach them the numbers one through ten. After ten, show them the patterns that help you form 15, 25, 35, etc.
Learn How To Fold Paper Cranes
Japanese paper cranes symbolize loyalty and honor. But there is a Japanese legend about paper cranes. The story says that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, you can get a wish granted by the gods. While the story may be a cultural legend, there is something therapeutic about making paper representations of these majestic and elegant creatures.
Make Some Authentic Japanese Arts and Crafts
If you’re looking to teach your children about Japanese culture, another great option is to create more traditional arts and crafts. There are many different things to make including origami, paper cranes, and painting kokeshi dolls—traditional Japanese dolls made from wood. You can also create beautiful pictures using calligraphy and hang them on the walls or make a mobile out of them.