Field Trip

On April 23rd my grade got to go to the Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園) and the Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館). We got to have fun looking at the animals and the collections but at the same time we had to re search about some things in the museum.

The fist thing I chose is the “Seated Yakushi Nyorai”.
I chose this because I thought it had connection with the silk road, since it has something to do with buddhism and also for me this sculpture looked very detailed. I could tell that it would be more beautiful if it was new with the gold and high quality carving .The “Seated Yakushi Nyorai” is one of the national museum, it was made in heian period (95h century) and the person who made isn’t clear. The right hand shows the meaning, “do not fear (Abhaya Mudra)” and the left hand shows “the gesture to charity (Varada Mudra)” .

It had been designed for for a shrine built in the early meiji period.

After that this sculpture has passed many collectors and now it is settled in the museum I went.

The second thing I chose to write about is the “Priest’s Staff Final” .
I chose this because I’ve never seen this and it looked pretty interesting for me and I wanted to know more about how this was used.

The “Priest’s Staff Final” the period when it was made and the person who made this is undefined. This was used for two different reasons, the main reason was for using it for events for buddhism . The other reason was for keeping away animals like snakes and also bugs for safety while visiting the mountains for prayers by shaking the hoops around the main body and making sound.

Actually I realized both things I chose was before the edo period (kyowa) it doesn’t have connection with the silk road.

Mine craft biome reflection – Humanities

In Humanities class our unit was about unit. We used a game called “Mine craft” to build the traditional houses of the biomes we picked (The biomes we could pick was Taiga, Tundra, Desert,).

The Biome that I picked to do was Taiga. The plants that grows in Taiga are mostly pine trees. The climate in the Taiga is mostly cold and the coldest temperature can be around -54℃ the highest temperature can be about 21℃ around the year. But average temperature in one year is very cold.

As I said plants that grow in the Taiga are mostly pine trees. For example the pine trees have their leaves to needles so they can stop evaporations to keep more water than normal trees. The animals have also adopted too. One of the main example is the reindeer they developed thick fur to protect them for the coldness (They have less hair in the summer).

The taiga can be able found around in Russia, Canada, Sweden, United states, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Mongolia.

The most used type of house in this Biome is a Cabin. It’s good for this biome because you can get the supplies to build it (you can build it by using the pine trees) also it’s small and easy to heat up so you can get warm.

Example of a house in Taiga

I think if I would build a new design for the taiga I would make a place to keep water incase the water source freezes by the coldness in winter.

This is the house I made in mine craft I think It was so fun building :).

Talk show reflection – Humanities

In humanities class I learned about early humans. My class studied about it by watching a film about them. After that We made a group of 4 people and  started to make a early human interview show. For example 1 person was the interviewer and the person getting interviewed had to pretend that they were a 1 kind of early human and came to be interviewed from the past (by some king of time machine?). The people in my group who was getting interviewed (including me) all had make our question and answer to get interviewed. For “example where did you live?”. I was a Australopithecus the earliest kind in my group. thought my script had enough details but my voice was too small.

6B Emma’s Group from YIS Academics on Vimeo.