The Boston Children's Museum unveiled the website it has created for The Japanese House, or Kyo no Machiya, a treasured exhibit since 1979. The website will function as an informational and educational resource to elementary, middle, and high school students and for individuals interested in learning more about the House as well as the history of Japan.
Originally built in the late 1800s, The Japanese House at The Boston Children's Museum belonged to a silk merchant family in Kyoto’s Nishijin neighborhood, known for its silk weaving. The city of Kyoto gifted the House to the city of Boston in 1979 in honor of the 20th anniversary of their Sister Cities Relationship. For visitors to The Japanese House exhibit, the website offers a way to expand their knowledge about Japanese culture, history, art and architecture ahead of or as a follow-up to a visit to the Museum.
Among the many multimedia and interactive resources on The Japanese House website include a searchable online catalog of photographs of artifacts, videos about life in Kyoto and information about the silk weaving industry at Nishijin. “In my position as a program director at Primary Source, I work closely with teachers to improve teaching and learning about Japan. The Japanese House website provides unique resources and innovative approaches to curriculum,” said Peter Gilmartin, Program Director at Primary Source, an organization that promotes global education. “This site provides a new opportunity for educators and students throughout the United States, and for that matter the world, to access the unique resources and expertise that Boston Children’s Museum brings to educating about Japan.”