Journey along the Tōkaidō


To show change over time and compare cultures as well as learn more about a very important part of Japanese history and culture, the “Journey along the Tōkaidō” has been created using various primary source materials.  The Tōkaidō Road, from Tokyo to Kyoto in Japan can be examined at various time periods (1830s, 1920s, and present day) and will show comparisons to the U.S. National Road and Route 66.  The stations along the Tōkaidō Road can looked at two ways: “horizontally” across the many stations in one time period, or looking “vertically” at one station across several time periods. Lesson plans align to the state standards of Ohio. Funding was provided by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University.

“Journey along the Tōkaidō” resources:

1830’s ukiyo-e (woodblock prints)

1920′s Tōkaidō Manga Scroll

Present Day


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