#MetKids loves to respond to letters and artwork from kids all over the world who are inspired by The Met. Recently, third graders from the Bronx wrote to us about their visit to the Museum to learn about Japanese culture. Check out a few of their drawings inspired by their favorite artworks—and discover fun facts about Japanese art and culture!
Take a careful look at this stone fountain. If you look closely, you will see that the artist made some parts of the rock very smooth and left others very bumpy, or rough. Fountains like this one would be found in a Japanese garden, but instead of the water coming out of the rock, stone basins would collect water from a nearby mountain stream. This sculpture is full of opposites—for example, wet and dry. What other opposites do you notice?
Fashion plays a very important role in Japanese culture and history. Kimono, which means "thing to wear," is a traditional Japanese garment that is usually made of silk. People in Japan used to wear kimonos every day. Today the kimono is mainly worn for special occasions like weddings or tea ceremonies. What events do you get dressed up for?
The katana was a traditional Japanese sword that was used by the bravest and most powerful warriors in Japan known as samurai. These warriors were known to be extremely loyal and fearless. The katana sword has a long, curved blade. The shorter sword is known as a wakizashi. Together they are called daishō, which the samurai wore as a symbol of status. If you wanted to show off your power and bravery, what would you carry around with you?
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