The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Kinkaku-ji a temple and villa dating back to the 14th Century and the 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga. (taken by HGTL Sept 1998)
This has been the most challenging topic I have had to resource recently. Many textbooks have excellent chapters on this era in Japan but there doesn’t seem to be an excess of digital information (unlike another Yr 8 topic – Medieval Europe). I have particularly found the environmental (dot point 3) difficult.
Australian Curriculum – Shogunate Japan (c.794 – 1867)
The first place many kids will go is Wikipedia. In the case of Shogunate Japan the information is quite good and well referenced. However, it is quite text dense. May I suggest the often forgotten school or local library databases (encyclopedias) . To use effectively, generate a set of keywords or terms, such as: Japan – history, samurai, Japanese warriors, damaiyo house codes, Bushido, feudal, military elite, shogun (military ruler), shogunate, Tokugawa, and look these up and you will get hits such as
Shogunate. (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/541431/shogunate
I can’t provide links to such sites as they are “by subscription” but here are some hints
Links to Shogunate Japan chapters in two popular Australian texts:
http://www.oup.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/326251/05_SAL_BAH8_SB_CHAPTER_5.pdf (note – uncorrected page proofs)
Way of Life in Shogunate Japan, Feudal System and the role of Tokugawa
This is an excellent PBS Series called Empires – Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire and an accompanying website. This site has all a novice on this era could want. More specifically there are sections on different types of people such as shogun, samurai, craftsmen etc, a timeline and a glossary. The video and website would be my starting point for most classes. http://www.pbs.org/empires/japan/enteredo.html
During the reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Japan’s emperor reigned in Kyoto whilst the Shogun lived and ruled the country from Edo (known today as Tokyo). This site will take you on an interactive tour of Edo, and looks at what life was like there in the 18th century. In this site, when you move the mouse over the images, sometimes pop-up boxes will appear with further information. If you can’t see all the text in the box, go to the “View” menu, then to “Text Size” and select a smaller size.
This website attempts to briefly explore the military aspects of Japan’s history from the Early through Pre-Modern periods. It focuses on the Samurai but there is a good deal here about more general Japanese history. As of April 2012 it seems to only go up to 1200 AD (unless I am navigating it incorrectly) Includes biographies of famous samurais, translations of original daimyo house codes, and samurai culture. Quite text rich – for more able students
A PDF from Colorado University that focusses on primary sources as a way to learn about samurai and daimyo life in medieval Japan (1185-1603).
A short overview of the samurai with a sidebar that links to museum objects.
More tourist type information and LOTS of ads, but easy to understand and visually appealing
Impact of the West
Very useful for primary source images and brief history but hard to navigate
Units of Work
Note: parts of the above guide have been influenced by a Libguide I constructed whilst working at my previous school. This guide and others are readily available in the public domain and can be located through typing Shogunate Japan into the libguide community site.