On Tuesday May 8th, the whole grade six went to the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) as a humanities project to study part of our unit the silk road. We went to the museum because it was a way we could see some of the artifacts that traveled along the silk road and who made the artifacts and where they travelled to and how they travelled to that place. We got worksheets to write down notes of the artifact. An example of one of the questions involved us (the grade 6′s) reading the history description of the artifact and we had to find what religion the artifact was from or could have been from and what types/kinds of religious symbols there were, etc.
One of the artifacts that I researched was a samurai sword. I chose this because it looked shiny and cool and I thought that it would have interesting facts about it. The sword is from Japan and possibly some of the materials were from Europe. It had some writing on it but it was kanji so I couldn’t read it. Also another reason why I think that this was a European sword as well as a Japanese one was because the sword belonged to an American man who collected Japanese artifacts William Stugis Bigelow. The sword has been around since the Edo period (18th – 19th century). Another part that I forgot to mention was that the sword had pheonix decorations so that was another thing that I liked about the sword.
I chose the artifact because I liked the way it looked and it’s decorations/designs. By looking at this sword (from Japan) I could learn that Japan had samurais and that they fought in certain places. Also it was one of the many swords to travel along the silk road.
Overall this was a fun day because I learnt a lot of the things that travelled along the silk road. One of the things that I found that travelled along the silk road the most, were pieces of art (paintings, silk art). Some of the silk artwork that I looked at was really pretty. One in particular had ladies in kimono’s by some tree branches. It looks like it is in winter because there are no leaves on the tree.
The field trip was really fun because we learnt lots of things about different countries art and cultures. But the part I enjoyed the most was learning about the silk road. The museum is really cool. I put the link up the top if you would like to listen.
One thing that I am really proud of is how I described the detail of what places I found the artifacts in my civilization for example, I found the first traces of writing on a wall of a church. Also how I described all the detail of my civilization so that everyone could picture it in their mind.
I would like to add more of what they would like to eat because everyone was questioning me about what they ate and where they ate it. Also I would like to improve how I described the art and architecture because I didn’t put much detail in to how they were made and where they were placed.
I don’t think that I would like in my civilization because the social class structure seems quite unfair and the civilization isn’t really political. And also I don’t want to have both hands cut off and then get banished from the civilization and swim away.