Wanderlust Wednesday - Japan

"Not all those who wander are lost"

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Visit the Sights

Travel and explore the culture of Japan's capital city of Tokyo!

Tour the Tokyo National Museum.

Japan is known for their cherry blossoms. Also known as sakura, these blossoms hold a special place in Japanese culture. The annual ritual of hanami, or “flower viewing,” typically involves arranging parties and picnics at parks with friends and family to take in the cherry blossoms. See how people celebrate this all around the world.

Step back in time at the Kyoto National Museum and explore Imperial Japan.

Observe Japanese culture through art at the Shohaku Art Museum.

Journey up Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain!

Travel the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route to discover more about the spiritual history of Japan.

Learn about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Hear from survivors of the atomic blasts as they share their stories.

MakerSpace & STEM Activities

Anime and Manga are an integral part of modern Japanese culture. Try creating your own with these tutorials!

Learn 8 phrases which explore Japanese food culture and try making some delicious Japanese dishes like sushi rolls or miso ramen.

Zen is the Japanese Buddhist term that refers to mindfulness. Create your own desktop Zen garden and start tuning in to your own mindful practice. Want to stretch your maker abilities? Try building your garden instead!

Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest tower at 634 meters high -- try the spaghetti tower marshmallow challenge and see how tall of a tower you can build.

Travel with a Book

For Younger Readers

For Middle Grades & Young Adult Readers

Read Asian Authors

Authors of Japanese descent

"All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king."

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring