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Bushido, Bun, and Bu: Life as a Samurai

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Civics +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection includes resources reflecting the ideal characteristics of a Japanese samurai. After reviewing the resources in this collection, students will be able to:
-analyze the changing role of the samurai in Japanese society
-define and give examples of bushido, bun, and bu
-compare the expectations for samurai with those of other social groups

Students will begin by visiting two websites in order to gain background information on samurai. They will then read an excerpt from The Way of the Samurai and answer questions. Next, they will review a series of resources and determine whether they represent bushido, bun, or bu. Finally, students will begin a comparative research assignment.

182 [Samurai in armor], [1860 - ca. 1900]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

[Kendo], [1860 - ca. 1900]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

109. Samurais In Armour, [1880 - 1890]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Kagoshima samurai at Kumamoto in battle at the Ansei Bridge

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Tea scoop named Ogasa, with inscribed container

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Model of a Japanese Noh theater

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Tea ceremony water jar

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Painting on Silk: Samurai Warrior

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Tale of the 47 Ronin

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery