Around the World in 80 Treasures Episode 4 Lesson Plan Questions
Episode 4: Japan to China
Treasure 25: The Samurai SwordWhat is the sword made of?Hard steel on edge and soft steel on inside to make it flexibleHow long does it take to make a sword?100 daysWhat do they cut to test the sword?BambooWhat does the dragon represent?The four elements, the transformation of the swordTreasure 26: Himeji CastleWhat is unique about how he tours the castle?He pretends to be an invader and acts out how the castle might have defended itselfTreasure 27: Ryoanji Zen Buddhist GardenWhat does he imagine the rocks and gravel are?Islands and the seaTreasure 28: The Forbidden CityWhy is he disappointed at this treasure?Renovation going on, smog, feels like a tourist trap, too short of time to see it allWhy could not he see the Ming porcelain?Too humid for them to take it outTreasure 29: The Summer Palace ParkWho used the Summer Palace?Chinese EmperorsWhy does not the famous boat float?It is built of marble and built on the lake bedTreasure 30: The Great Wall of ChinaWhy is it called the wall of tears?It is believed those died while working on it where placed in the wallWhat is one of the defensive aspects of the wall?Parts can be isolatedTreasure 31: The Terra Cotta ArmyWhat happened to the weapons the army once held?Rotted awayWhy are they looking east?Looking towards heaven/sun ready to serve the emperor in afterlifeTreasure 32: Ming PorcelainWhat is the dragon a symbol of?Imperial symbolWhat is the secret of porcelain?Clay it is made of, stone dust, how it is fired to combine glaze and color and clay
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