Made In Japan
Do you recognize this monster? Do you know where it came from?
Japan once was a country that started wars and then suffered
a terrible defeat. The Godzilla movies showed the dangers
of powerful forces that could not be controlled. They were meant to
be a warning to all of us.
Many of the super heroes you see in video games and movies, and on
television shows like Pokemon, also originated in Japan. How do these
characters try to help others? Do they use violence for harmful purposes
or as a defense against evil forces?
If you created your own monster or super hero, what special things could
it do? How would it be helpful? What kind of adventures would
it have? You can make a storyboard using pictures and text to share
Pearl Harbor 1941
Japan attacked the United States navy in Hawaii. This surprise attack
brought our country into World War II.
The United States invented the most powerful weapon in the
world, the atomic bomb, and dropped it on Japan. After Japan surrendered, the Japanese people wrote a new constitution.
They said they would not have an army or use weapons to fight wars again.
The fictional monster, Godzilla, was a prehistoric dinosaur-like
reptile that came out of the ocean after a nuclear bomb was dropped.
Its fiery breath can destroy whole cities and it was meant to symbolize nuclear
Gary Greenberg, Project Arts Liaison, PS 241