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Japanese Bamboo Artifacts
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What do you know about the bamboo tree, how it is grown, and what it is used for in different places around the world?

HELPFUL TIP: Keeping your eyes open and asking questions can help you learn faster about another culture.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz. (This is one of the first video activities that I created back in 1998.)

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1. According to the presentation, it was believed that:
A. bamboo was the food of the Shinto gods.
B. the Shinto gods lived inside the bamboo.
C. the early inhabitants worship bamboo as their gods.

2. What makes bamboo such a useful raw material?
A. It is a very pliable and sturdy plant.
B. It can be reused over and over again.
C. It is easy to cut and carve into different shapes.

3. What is the chashaku used for during the tea ceremony?
A. It is used for measuring tea.
B. It is used to add flavoring like sugar to the tea.
C. It is used for serving sweets to your guests.

4. A chasen is a tool used to:
A. remove the foam from the tea.
B. mix the tea.
C. taste-test the tea.

5. What is a mimikaki used for?
A. It is used to scratch the roots of your hair around your ears.
B. It is used to check your hearing.
C. It is used to clean the inside of your ears.

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Talk about two specific cultural artifacts unique to your region of the world. What are they made of? How are they used and what significance do they have to the people of the area?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Do research on one of these cultural artifacts or symbols. Report your findings to your friends or the class:

  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Coca Cola
  • the national flag of a country
  • wooden shoes in Holland
  • blue jeans
  • a hookah
  • chopsticks

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