FREE! Supernatural Stories from Japan

by  Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

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Explore—if you dare—the roles that ghosts and spirits play in the retelling of Japanese legends and real events.  Join our expert educators in this interactive program to investigate artwork from Japan and discover stories of scary ghosts, powerful demons, and funny monsters they won’t soon forget.  Grades 3-12

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30-60 minutes based on your needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are available M,T,W and F from 9am-5pm EST. Register at least 2 weeks before your requested program date to guarantee best availability. If you would like to check on the status of your request, please contact asiatours@si.edu. All requests are subject to availability.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us 2 weeks in advance of your tour or as soon as possible if you need to cancel your program.

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Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

Washington , DC
United States

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, are located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the National Museum of Asian Art addresses broad questions about culture, identity, and the contemporary world. The museum cares for exceptional collections of Asian art, with more than 45,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to today and originating from the ancient Near East to China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. Nearly a century old, the Freer Gallery of Art also holds a significant group of American works of art largely dating to the late nineteenth century. It houses the world’s largest collection of diverse works by James McNeill Whistler, including the famed Peacock Room.

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Program Details


Program is presented on Zoom by professional museum educators. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Students may participate in simple drawing and writing exercises throughout the program. Programs are highly interactive and participants are expected to be on camera and interact with the presenter.


After participation in this program, your students will:

Understand how Japanese artists expressed stories and tales in their artwork.
Connect stories and legends from Japan to their own experience with ghost stories
Engage in a discussion about art that encourages close-looking and reasoning with evidence.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Visual Arts
• K-12.7: Perceive and analyze artistic work
• K-12.8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work
• K-12.9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work
• K-12.11: Relate artistic ideas and works from a variety of sources with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding

Historical Thinking
• K-12.4: Obtain and interrogate historical data from a variety of sources, including library and museum collections, in order to formulate historical questions from encounters with art and other records from the past

Speaking and Listening
• SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
• SL.2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
• SL.3: Evaluate a speaker’s [or an artist’s] point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
• SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.