Heading to the Oriental Museum, we didn’t know much about Japan, but this trip helped tremendously!
In Japan, there are a variety of weapons to acquire skills for, including spears, swords, firearms and bows. They all take years of training to master but I think firearms are the easiest because it’s really basic. Just load your magazine, take aim, and pull the trigger.
Samurais get their first Samurai Sword age 8!! From there, their training begins… to master the art of the Samurai. As their training carries out, they get access to more weapons to use in their training. In the arena, they get access to armour the: Do, Mengu, Kabuko, Hai-date, Kote and Sune-ate.
You may think sitting on your floor is a rather simple task right? But no …! Japan makes this difficult. You sit on your knees, legs two fist sizes apart and hands on your legs. For visitors, it can be a bit of a hassle!
At important events, the Japanese wear an outfit named kimono and a belt (Obi). You wear it left over right. You get it put on you right over left if you’re dead.
Writing in Japanese is difficult for us to understand because they use symbols instead of letters and each word has its own symbol making it hard to write in Japanese without making any mistakes.
Yesterday we travelled to the Oriental Museum in Durham to learn more about Japan.
The Samurai is a Japanese warrior who wields a long bow, sword or a metal blade. Most Samurais used a tsuba (sword guard) to protect their fingers from the razor like blade on the sword. Samurais also used armour Do (shoulder plates) Kabuto (head armour) Sune-ate (shin guards) Hai-date (thigh protection) Mengu (face armour) and Kote (more shoulder plates).
Religion is a huge part of Japanese culture. A shrine called the Budstan is made out of wood, metal, lacquer, textile and plastic. This object is made for the Buddhists. In the 17th century Christianity was banned by the Shogun to prevent foreign influence. Shinto translates to “Way of the Gods.”
Crafting objects is one of the ways for the Japanese to pass the time. A famous family (Muneyoshy family) have crafted lots of objects such as armour. Eventually, they had to hang up the boots and make metal animals for children.
Having been to the museum I have learned a lot more than I would have discovered from GOOGLE!
When I went into the museum what caught my eye was the sword. The swords were so sharp I was amazed and Japanese people would use the swords in war. To protect you, you would use tsuba so when you held your swords it would not cut you. Some of the swords were so old that the grip had fallen off and some of them would have a protector to put over the full swords. The swords only had a little bit of light so it didn’t damage the swords but they were really beautiful.
In Japan they drink green tea. They put the tea in a bowl like cup and they wait until the kettle boils and then they use a long bamboo hishacu to get the hot water out the kettle. They don’t put sugar in it they just put a sweet in their mouth so it’s not bitter. They have an individual cup for everything including the tea and the sweets. The only reason they don’t just pick up the kettle is because the kettle is made out of metal and it would be hot.
By having a successful trip, I have learnt a lot more about Japan.
When we arrived, we went down to the Japan section then John who we were working with us gave us a challenge to do and challenge one was about religion.
We looked at the weapons. There was a Samurai sword. There was a bit of the sword called tsuba: it will protect your hand when you are fighting in case your hand slips then you cut yourself. There was a body armour that will protect you and it is called Samurai. There was a mask too.
Then we went back to the class room to do some art. I did a symbol in Japanese writing and put them on a hanging scroll.
They drink green tea out of a bowls. They drink it when they are praying so they can’t fall asleep.
Now I know lots of facts about Japan from visiting the museum.
On the 19th September me and my class (Year 5/6) went to the Oriental Museum. When we arrived, we went to the gallery but we went to the Japanese section to find out all of the amazing facts and objects. A man called John looked after us for the day and took us to have a quiz. We looked at the names and what the objects are made from. It was educational.
Did you know that Japanese people drink a lot of green tea? They use a tea bowl instead of a mug. To boil their tea, they use a pot that has a very long stick on the other side to get the water out (called the hishaku) that was made out of bamboo. One of the water jars had two lids: one for summer and one for winter. When the Japanese people drink tea, they don’t have sugar – they would have a little sweet before they have their tea.
After lunch, we had an art lesson where we got a piece of paper that was cut into half and we had to decorate it with paint and we used a Japanese paint brush. The class had to choose a symbol they would paint and it would then make sense or mean something. My symbol was happy. It looked like a tree but Instead it had lines painted that were thick.
If you were an eight-year-old boy, you would be allowed to have your own sword. One of the warriors have 18 martial arts. Some of the weapons they used were throwing arrows, sword and a spear with a cross – they are the best three I would have.
I feel like the trip to the Museum has really helped me to understand a bit more about Japan. I also liked working with John: he was a good person to work with. It was good to learn about Japan because it was something I thought we would never learn about. I feel like it was a successful day.