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Creating Cute Stationery Supplies with a Personal Touch

Author:Yoko Nishimura-Parke

Topic/Goals:Communication、Comparison、Daily Life、Link with Other Subjects、Perspective、Self, Family, and Friends、Social Life、Spare Time and Sports


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Students will read the article of a stationary designer, and explore the culture and meaning of personalizing stationary and other items as well as making handmade items.


• Read the article and learn about the joy of handicraft and personalizing stationary.
• Discuss the difference between using handmade/personalized stationaries and using ready-made products as they are.
• Make a handmade stationary to experience of joy of handicraft, and explain the process in Japanese.

Target Senior high school level or higher
Japanese Level Advanced
What to prepare


1. Questions to help students' comprehention
a) What is Ms Udagawa's occupation?
b) What kind of things does she make? Why does she make them?
c) What was she doing when she was young?
d) Why did she think she would make them herself?
e) What did she make using things that are not needed any longer?
f) What does she introduce in her books and workshops? Why?
g)「自分で作ったものにはそういう力がある」What does そういう力 means?

2. Discussion points
h) Are you using any stationary that you have arranged or decorated yourself? What is it? What did you do to it? Why did you do it?
i) How does it feel different to use the stationary that you arranged, compared to using the stationary as they are? Why do you think it feels different?
j) Have you make any stationary or other things using recycled materials? What did you make?
k) Have you ever received a handmade gift which someone especially made for you? What was it? How did you feel?

3. Creative task
l) Make a handmade stationary using materials you can find around yourself. Then, write what you used and how you used them in Japanese. You may make or arrange other items if you wish. The following links may give you some ideas.

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