It would be great if we could hop on an airplane whenever our children sparked an interest in a different country or culture, wouldn't it? Unfortunately this isn't possible, so it is wonderful when a tiny piece of that culture or country comes to us.
Japan came up in our recent Homeschool Preschool projects. First, their bullet trains popped up in our books about trains. Then, a photo of their skyline filled with tall buildings came up in a book about skyscrapers. Then, last week, in our cooking unit sushi and chopsticks appeared. Our four year olds are getting very quick at spotting Japan on our wall map. I was thrilled to learn that an exhibit about Japan was coming to our nearby Children's Museum.
Hello From Japan is at the Mississippi Children's Museum from now until January 2016. It offers a look at some of the clothing, language, religions, and more of the Japanese culture. We visited for the first time at the end of September and our four year olds explored for over an hour.
They practiced writing Japanese words on tablets.
They were exposed to Japanese cartoon mascots and Japanese Kawaii fashion.
I liked that the exhibit represents both the modern cities and culture of Japan, balanced with the religion and history of the country. That balance is one of the things I love most about the Japanese culture and country.
It is always better to see, touch, taste, hear, and smell the real thing, but exhibits like this bring it close to home and offer a perfect introduction to diversity and differences for young children.
If you live in the area, I'd recommend this exhibit for preschoolers and up.
This is part of the Learning Through Adventure series.
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