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Children Full of Life in Kanazawa, Japan

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Here is a very different and positive look at classroom instruction in Japan. Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. In…

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Life in Japan: Being BLACK, AFRICAN and FE/MALE in Japan (Part-One: Grace Namawejje)

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Via Tamarahco Hen Productions, “Being BLACK, AFRICAN and FE/MALE in Japan is a (as yet) four-part video teaching tool designed for classroom use. Each part — roughly 50 minutes, chapter-marked, and headed by text-based questions — focuses on an individual Japan-based African wo/man. The interviewer is a European-American permanent resident of Japan, who teaches at a…

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Yasuke, the Black Samurai

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Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a black page who served as his bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai.

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