Resources about Japan
This guide offers book, film, curriculum, and website resources for teaching and learning about Japan. Most books and films listed in this guide are available from the Primary Source Library. Please contact the librarian if you are interested in checking out or using sources from the library collection. Contact information for the Primary Source Library can be found in the right column of every page. Use the blue tabs above to navigate through this guide.
New for Elementary Teachers
Google Earth Tour for Elementary Classes
Use this Google Earth tour to travel to Japan with your students. Visit Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and Kyoto and learn about Japanese food, history, and culture. Recommended for kindergarten through fifth grade.
Tips for use
- Be sure that only one version of this tour is open at a time. In Google Earth, go to the Places panel and look in "My Places" and "Temporary Places" for duplicate versions of the tour.
- To allow for automatic flying between stops on this tour, go to Google Earth > Preferences > General (on a Mac) OR Tools > Options > General (on a PC) and check "Allow access to local files and personal data"
- Google Earth has hundreds of built-in “layers” that can enhance (or distract) your viewing of the globe. The "Layers" panel is located on the lower left side of the screen. The first time you view this tour we recommend turning off all layers except "Borders and Labels." After you are comfortable navigating the tour, you may want to explore the "Photos" layer or those found in the "Gallery."
Primary Source Library
Jennifer Hanson, Librarian
101 Walnut Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-9933 ext. 17