1. The title of this section of the webquest is "Throwing Off Asia." It is about Japan's response to Western imperialism. Predict: What do you think the title "throwing off Asia" means?
2. Throwing Off Asia: Westernization (click the red link). Read the essay and answer the questions:
a. Why was Japanese participation in WWI treaties "an extraordinary accomplishment?
Describe Japan during the mid-1800s.
c. Why was Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan in 1853 and 1854 a "daunting challenge" to Japan's leaders?
3. Examine this image: "Complete Picture of a Steamship: Scenery of Uraga from the Sea," 1863
a. Why is this image of a steam ship so significant? Explain in your own words. (HINT: Think about technological advancements and the Industrial Revolution.)
4. Examine this image: "Shimbashi Station," 1874.
a. What are some hints in this image that Japan is moving towards industrialization and technological advancement?
5. Examine this image: "Album of Ten Prints Illustrating Sericulture: Unwinding Strands from Cocoons by Means of a Silk Reeling Machine," 1880.
a. Compare this image to images of workers in factories during the Industrial Revolution. What does this image reveal about Japan's economy?
a. How does the poem explain the Japanese push to build a military establishment capable of overseas missions?
What did Japan learn from China and Korea?
How did Japan view China and Korea?
10. Compare Japan and China's experiences with and responses to imperialism. How are they similar? How are they different? Explain.
11. Pick 1 image from this entire activity that struck you and describe why this picture stands out among the all of the pictures you have viewed today. Please write 3-5 sentences describing your thoughts below.