Special Exhibition Learning Tools
TO SAMURAI: BEYOND THE SWORD TODAY
When the war is over, what becomes of the warrior? Explore both sides of the samurai at Samurai: Beyond the Sword. Broadening the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the importance of samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual, and art worlds of their time.
With a visit to this exhibition and the guidance of their teachers, students will have the opportunity to:
• Develop a deeper understanding of the changes that took place in Japanese society as a result of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
• Learn about the complex social structure that existed within the samurai class as well as the broader social structure of Japan during the Edo Period (1603–1868).
• Explore events leading to the development of an industrialized society in Japan in order to understand the importance of geography in defining the growth of a civilization.
• Identify areas in which China influenced Japanese culture.
• Experience the balance that samurai sought between military and political endeavors and artistic, literary, and spiritual pursuits.
• Understand the impact of samurai culture on Japanese art, society, and politics in both the time of the samurai and contemporary Japanese culture.
A field trip to Samurai: Beyond the Sword meets 25 Common Core and content standards for middle and high school students. For a detailed list of curriculum links, click here.
PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT WITH THE
Preview objects, explore major themes, and supplement your lessons with links to online resources for educators.
Classroom Connects are resources that highlight objects from the DIA's permanent collection and pair them with classroom activites such as discussion or writing prompts. To find more Classroom Connects, click here.