Japanese Heritage: Sites2See. NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

Traditions and values in contemporary society

Many young people enjoy a cultural heritage with Japan. Yoshida Kyodai play traditional Tsugaru shamisen in collaboration with rock bands. Jero from New York, who looks like a hip hop dancer, is an Enka singer. His interviews reveal his background as a Heritage Japanese speaker.

Shodo, calligraphy, has been practised in Japan since the 8th century. Performance Shodo has become popular among high school students since Shodo- Performance Koshien started in Shikoku in 2008.

Festivals and annual events bring traditions and values from the past into the present. Some festivals maintain strict traditions, while other festivals seek ways to unite traditional and modern values. For example, only men can be musicians on the floats in the Gion festival parade, but the Tenjin festival in Osaka started Gal-Mikoshi, in which girls carry the portable shrine.

It is not possible to talk about Japan without mentioning its rich food culture. Explore the relationship between special occasions and food, customer service in restaurants, and the sophistication of tableware.

Although Japanese food culture is continually evolving, it never loses its tradition. Ono Jiro talks about his belief as a sushi chef. International chef Wakuda Tetsuya has developed an international cuisine from his Japanese roots.

The following resources are suggested in the syllabus support document published by the NSW Board of Studies.