Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and by Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore

By Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore

Packed with colourful illustrations and enjoyable evidence approximately jap tradition, celebrations, language and background, this multicultural children's books will pride little ones and oldsters alike!

A terrific examine eastern tradition and relatives lifestyles, Japanese Traditions is an intricately illustrated romp during the formative years recollections of author/illustrator Setsu Broderick. informed through a chain of brief textual content blocks and lighthearted illustrations according to cats, Japanese Traditions screens seasonal gala's and actions equivalent to O-Bon (Festival of the Souls), O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and getting ready for the hot Year.

While having fun with the fascinating illustrations of a relatives of jap cats, the writer stocks her hot youth thoughts of many jap customs, comparable to collecting round the kotatsu (heated desk) to stick hot, throwing soybeans to maintain away ogres and placing hand-crafted teru-teru-bozu (fine-weather) dolls out the window to forestall the rain. There also are many conventional eastern meals, toys, video games and celebrations taught throughout the illustrations. All in all, Japanese Traditions presents a paranormal dinner party for kids of every age.

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36 九 月 37 Enjoying Nature Tsukimi (Moon-Viewing) > Traditionally, on the evening of the full moon, people decorated the veranda with Japanese pampas grass and other autumn flowers, and set out a tray of offerings of rice wine and sweet dumplings. Then they enjoyed the beautiful full moon together. Sometimes they wrote poetry. Sometimes they told folk stories. One story is that there was a rabbit in the moon pounding mochi (sticky rice) with a big mortar and pestle. To this day, people in Japan see the rabbit in the moon (like elsewhere, people see a man in the moon).

February August Almost everyone is taking a nap. Which kitten seems to have fallen asleep doing its math homework? How can you tell it was doing math? Which kittens are listening to a scary ghost story? Which ones have caught a noisy cicada? March How many kittens are hiding among the flowers? How many dragonflies can you find? Is everyone at the dinner table using chopsticks to eat? Who’s not, and why not? April September October Two of the kittens are returning home from school. Which two are they?

But for little children, it’s very scary! 39 October Mikoshi being carried to the village shrine When the rice fields turned a shining golden color, it was time for the harvest. The farmers of the village got busy harvesting the rice from their fields. Children got busy gathering chestnuts and picking persimmons from the trees… and sometimes had fun tossing the persimmons at each other! The most fun October day for us was the Autumn Festival, held to celebrate and give thanks for the autumn harvest.

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