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Japan Homework

April 16, 2012

Japan kids – This week we want you to continue reading The Master Puppeteer, but instead of answering any questions online, this week we’d like you to spend some time at home working on the articles for our book. Most of the topics listed below do not currently have a page on TAPopedia.  Some of them have a page, but the information on there is very incomplete.  Some of them have a page that is poorly written and filled with incorrect information.  Please pick a topic and help get it done by next week.

BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT HERE TELLING US WHICH ARTICLE YOU WORKED ON AND FINISHED.  Remember, all articles mus be well written with good word choice, fluid sentences, and proper spelling, capitalization, and grammar.  Mistakes are made, but do the best you can to make corrections to your work.  This must be your own work – it will be published, so plagiarizing will not be tolerated.  Make sure your information is accurate and complete.

The following articles need to be completed, please do your best to get them done:


  1. Meiji Shinto Shrine
  2. shiminawa
  3. Harajuku (area of town)
  4. cosplay
  5. The Japanese Imperial Family
  6. Japanese gardens
  7. Edo
  8. Sumida River
  9. Asakusa district
  10. Inari – the god of something
  11. Calligraphy
  12. Japanese Baseball
  13. WWII air raids
  14. Martial Arts (needs an intro)
  15. bonsai (the current article never really says what bonsai is)


  1. Interesting facts about Nikko
  2. Shodo Shonin (incomplete information in the current article)
  3. Tokugawa Ieyasu
  4. Sunbutsu-do
  5. Buddah
  6. Amida Buddha
  7. Bato
  8. Momoyama style
  9. Yomeimon gate (not enough in article yet)
  10. Toshugo Shrine
  11. Shogun
  12. Feudal lords
  13. yuba
  14. Basho
  15. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  16. Taiyuin-byo Shrine
  17. Kodo drumming  (article that’s there right now never explains what Kodo is).


  1. Interesting facts about KamakuraKamakura Great Image of Buddah
  2. cherry blossoms  (what are they?  That part is missing in the article)
  3. Hasedera
  4. Lady Shizuka and Yoritomo Minimoto
  5. Hatosabure (food)
  6. murasaki-imo sofuto (food)


  1. Interesting facts about Hakone
  2. tatami mat
  3. traditional Japanese bath
  4. Steam vents
  5. Lake Hakone
  6. Mt. Fuji
  7. Kanagatake Cable Car
  8. Ropeway (not enough info on the page so far)
  9. Lake Ashi
  10. Mount Komagatake
  11. Hiroshige
  12. Hokusai
  13. mountain brownies


  1. Tokogawara shogunate
  2. Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavillion)
  3. Heian period
  4. Kyoto Imperial Palace
  5. To-ji
  6. Kiyomizu Temple
  7. Ishibe-Koji Lane
  8. Yasaka Shrine
  9. Stone Paved Roads
  10. Woodblock prints (Moving this category to Hakone)
  11. lacquerware
  12. Kano School Painters
  13. The Tale of Genji
  14. Murasaki Shikibu
  15. The Tea Ceremony (moving this category to Hakone)


  1. Interesting facts about Nara
  2. Todai-ji Temple (current article is confusing)
  3. Daibutsu
  4. Deer Park (current article is very confusing to read)
  5. Mount Kasuga-yama
  6. Kokufu-ji Temple
  7. Great Buddah Vairocana
  8. The ninja (the second paragraph on this page is confusing)


  1. Interesting facts about Hemeji (Needs more)
  2. Akira Kurosawa


  1. Bomb Dome
  2. pre-bomb buildings (buildings that survived the blast)
  3. Atomic Bomb WWII
  4. The bombing of Hiroshima  (needs more detail about what happened in Hiroshima)
  5. Hijiyama Park
  6. okonomiyaki

Miyajima Island

  1. Senjokaku
  2. 5 story pagoda
  3. Itsukuhima Temple
  4. Floating torii (needs more, probably what a torii is)
  5. Interesting facts about Miyajima Island
  6. Mount Misen
  7. Momiji manjū / Age momiji


  1. Iwakuni Castle (needs more info)
  2. Sash Bridge – Kintai-kyo
  3. Cable Cars
  4. Nagaya Gate
  5. cormorant fishing
  6. Interesting facts about Iwakuni: special square sushi, insane flavors of ice cream


  1. volcaones
  2. Interesting facts about Fukuoka


  1. Tenmangu Shrine
  2. Sugawara No Michizane
  3. Komyozenji Temple
  4. Interesting facts about Dazaifu


  1. Interesting facts about Osaka  (not enough on the page)
  2. Osaka Castle
  3. Umeda Sky Building
  4. Bunraku (needs more)
  5. Noh (more needed)
  6. Kabuki (more needed)
  7. Tokogawa shogonate
  8. Hideyoshi Toyotomi
  9. okonomiyaki
18 Comments leave one →
  1. DREW BURJEK permalink
    April 22, 2012 12:00 pm

    Mr. Curtis, when somebody fixes an article, how long does it take until it shows up as an article? Because when Mark and I were working on TAPopedia, we were fixing articles and then they didn’t show that they were fixed. Is it just my computer?

  2. April 23, 2012 8:19 pm

    Mr. Curtis, I added a paragraph to the floating Torii page, and cleaned up the second paragraph.

  3. Jessica Sherwin permalink
    April 24, 2012 9:33 pm

    Sadly, I only got Shimenawa done. I’m fixing Kabuki up and will be working on Deer Park. Sorry, I had a virus on my computer and had to have it wiped. Anyways, just to let other people know not to work on Shimenawa, Kabuki, or Deer Park.

  4. Ben Trouvais permalink
    April 26, 2012 6:27 pm

    At the meeting yesterday, I finished the Meiji Shinto Shrine article.

  5. Kevin Wilson permalink
    April 30, 2012 5:36 pm

    i think i finished Yomeimon gate

  6. Kevin Wilson permalink
    April 30, 2012 6:21 pm

    i worked on Lake Hakone. it is not done yet please tell me what i need to add to it.

  7. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    May 1, 2012 4:51 pm

    May you please check
    Todai-ji temple by hannah, alex, and me
    Moutain brownies by nate (i added more information)
    Daibutsu by sydney and me

  8. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:04 pm

    please check
    Todai-ji temple by hannah alex and me
    Moutain brownies by nate but I added a little
    Diabtusu by sydney and me

  9. Jessica Sherwin permalink
    May 4, 2012 4:53 pm

    I’ve finished Tenmangu Shrine and Japanese garden.

  10. Blair Tuider permalink
    May 4, 2012 9:53 pm

    I worked on Bomb Dome, if there is anything that needs fixing please notify me by e-mailing me.

  11. Austin Stein permalink
    May 7, 2012 7:36 pm

    Mr. Curtis, could you please take a look at some articles I written and see if they are complete? Thank you in advanced!

    * Yuba
    * To-ji
    * Lake Ashi

  12. May 11, 2012 6:54 pm

    Mr. Curtis the article on the Osaka Castle says that elise did somee of it when infact she didnt because i did all of it and most of the article is deleted she did add any words or anything the only change is that half of the article i wrote is gone because i wrote the entire thing on april 29 or the thursday after the last tap meeting that we had

  13. Conrad Goffinet permalink
    May 13, 2012 9:57 pm

    Mr. Curtis, I did the article on the Shogun in Nikko

  14. Ben Trouvais permalink
    May 18, 2012 5:40 pm

    I just finished the Hokusai article

  15. Ben Trouvais permalink
    May 18, 2012 6:53 pm

    Just finished the article on Itsukushima Shrine. I’d like to point out that it’s spelled “Itsukushima” not “Itsukuhima” as it says on the website.

  16. Ben Trouvais permalink
    May 18, 2012 7:54 pm

    I finished the article on Senjokaku

  17. Ben Trouvais permalink
    May 18, 2012 9:25 pm

    Just finished the article on Sash bridge or Kintai-kyo

  18. Ben Trouvais permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:00 pm

    I finished the article on Inari

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