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In 1995, on the 17th January a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Kobe, Japan. It killed over 6000 people and injured at least 43000 more. It was not the first time and probably won't be the last time Japan suffered an earthquake. The country not only suffers from earthquakes but also has typhoons.

In 1958, Tokyo, Honshu, was hit by a typhoon. Floods and landslides caused death, loss of crops and huge damage to buildings. Again in 1959 Honshu was struck by a typhoon. Floods in 1964 caused damage and more deaths, 1983 a tsunami struck the island of Honshu.

Volcanoes are quite happy to plague Japan as well. In 1991 a volcano erupted on the island of Kyushu. As you can see Japan is not the kind of place everyone would want to live but it is a beautiful country and has much to offer for those living there and to those visiting the islands.

Considering Japan suffers such terrible natural disasters it is going strong economically. They produce televisions, radios, cameras, cars and much more. There is much to learn about Japan and below are given some questions for you to research. You can include all the answers in your essay or just choose a few.

Take a look at the story Monique wrote, she is in grade 5. She talked to an exchange student from Japan and learned much from her. The Japanese girl wrote Japan and Australia down in Japanese and Monique copied these on her essay.

Locate books at your local library about Japan to help you, or search the Internet for more information. Ask an adult to help you when you use the Internet. Not all web sites are very good for children. Have fun with your project!by Ingrid Griggs



  1. How many islands does Japan have? Name them.
  2. What is Kansai?
  3. How big is Japan?
  4. What is Japan's population?
  5. How many languages do Japanese people speak?
  6. What type of money does Japan use?
  7. What is the capital of Japan?
  8. Which is the main island?
  9. Name the waters surrounding Japan.
  10. What is the main food crop grown in Japan?
  11. How many active volcanoes does Japan have?
  12. What is a pagoda?
  13. Can you draw a pagoda?
  14. What does Nippon mean?
  15. What are the colours of the Japanese flag? Draw the flag.
  16. Where is Mount Fuji?
  17. Why is 'tea' important in Japan?
  18. Where is the Horyu Temple?
  19. What kind of climates does Japan have?
  20. What other countries are closest to Japan?
  21. What is a tsunami?
  22. What is a typhoon?
  23. Visit Japan on the net.

Mapping Activity
Copy or trace a map of Japan. Make sure to include all the islands. Mark the capital city and other major towns. Include some rivers, mountains and volcano sites on your map. Indicate the names of oceans or other waters which surround Japan.

Do you know what origami is? It is Japanese paper folding. Maybe you already know some origami like the swan or star box. Locate a book which shows you some origami projects and how to do them or try the link on our art page. Make some origami projects. When you have lots and lots maybe you can have someone take a photo and include it with your essay and map of Japan.

Japanese worksheet
On the Teaching Treasures web site is a worksheet showing some Japanese words can be obtained, once obtained print the sheet and include it with your project.

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