Author's details

Name: Rebecca Kool
Date registered: May 28, 2009


Rebecca Kool has always been a little quirky. This year, 2012, is the year of RED, which first showed up as streaks in her snow white hair! Always ahead of the curve. A published author of children's bi-lingual books, Rebecca will soon launch her work into the digital world. On February 17th, one week before her birthday, Rebecca's life took a 360 with a surprising, shocking diagnosis--atrial fibrillation, or erratic heartbeat. A writer has to write. The platform is either my journal or a public forum like a blog. I chose the latter in hopes that A Journey of the Heart will inform everyone, women especially, that heart disease is the #1 killer. If it jogs only one reader to seek testing, I will have accomplished my goal. I hope that you follow my journey, which has been put in reverse to begin on February 17th, and share with people you care about.

Latest posts

  1. Multicultural Children’s Book Day~January 27, 2016 — January 26, 2016
  2. 16th Annual Victoria Nikkei Festival — October 17, 2015
  3. Celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Victoria — May 31, 2015
  4. Cherry Blossom Fever Consumes Nation! — April 18, 2015
  5. Confession — March 31, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Hello world! — 2 comments
  2. Cha…all about tea — 2 comments
  3. ….continued “Rebecca-sensei’s Easter Party” — 2 comments
  4. Meet Hailey Sabourin, Illustrator of the new Fly Catcher Boy iBook — 2 comments
  5. One Kool Cat… — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 13

Love is in the air~ everywhere!

Especially in Japan!  Valentine’s Day is celebrated on two different dates in Japan. On February 14, females present gifts to their boyfriends or any man close to them. The favour is returned to ladies on the White Day celebrated on March 14 when men pamper women who gave them gifts a month before on Valentines Day. In my six …

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Feb 10

Japan’s National Foundation Day

The National Foundation Day is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on February 11. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu. The day originally coincided with New Year’s Day according to the …

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Feb 03

Happy Setsubun!

   While Setsubun (“seasonal division”) is not a national holiday, it is an important festival held in early February, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. For many centuries, the people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of …

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Jan 14

Coming of Age, Japan-style

Another public holiday in Japan?  Of course!  Today we’re celebrating “Seiji-no-hi” (Coming of Age Day).   Although young adults reach legal age on their 20th birthday and from there on are entitled to vote, allowed to smoke tobacco, purchase alcohol, and have all of the rights and responsibilities of adulthood, local governments hold special ceremonies on …

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Jan 06

Japanese New Year

    O-Shogatsu (New Year’s Day) is the most festive occasion of the entire year for Japanese citizens . While we are scrambling for deals over the post-Christmas season, Japan is “closed for business”.  The Emperor’s birthday is celebrated on December 23 followed by traditional ceremonies and customs that last for several days.  Most Japanese people …

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Dec 06

Kids Shop…Kids Rock!

I had the privilege of taking part in a special Christmas shopping fair called KIDS SHOP on December 1st in Bellingham, WA.  Kids, armed with $1 bills, set off in search of just the right present for family/friends/teachers.  There were 33 vendors with amazing crafts.  One little girl, a very discerning shopper, kept touching some …

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Nov 23

Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Thanksgiving is celebrated worldwide in so many different and unique ways.  In Japan, November 23 is Labor Thanksgiving Day, a second national holiday in November!  It became a holiday in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude to one another for work done throughout the year and for the fruits of those labors. …

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Nov 15

Shichi-go-san celebrated today in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on the 15th of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn seven, five, and three years of age. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, and three. These ages are considered critical in a child’s life. Particularly, at the age of seven, a young …

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Nov 11

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary2: Greetings

Fly Catcher Boy introduces the reader to the “Top 4” greetings commonly used in Japan. First, ohayo (Ohio).  Ohayo is a casual, informal version of the more polite “ohayo-goziamas” which you should use when entering the school staff room or the local grocery store (after the staff shout “irrashai-mase” or welcome, in unison).  A humble head …

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Oct 23

Speed dating for Authors!

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable hosted an exciting event recently: DARK ALCHEMY: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum, featuring Kenneth Oppel talking about his new work “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein…and the Frankenstein Myth”. This engaging, humorous author held his audience in the palm of his hand as he offered some insights …

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