Tag Archive: Author Rebecca Kool

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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Sep 23

Autumn Equinox Celebration in Japan

Right on the heels of Respect-for-the-Aged Day comes Autumn Equinox Day, another national holiday celebrated on September 22 or 23rd in Japan. It’s a day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay respects to deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.

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Aug 21

FLY CATCHER BOY print version now up on AMAZON

Yipee~  Fly Catcher Boy is now available in print on Amazon.com (Amaozon.ca shows “temporarily out of stock” but go ahead and order anyway; it will ship fairly quickly despite the notation).  The print version now joins the iBook, covering digital and print needs.  Self-publishing has been quite a journey and I could never have done it on …

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Sep 26

My new Fan; meet “J”…

I know many authors who have huge followings; authors who have been at this writing biz for a few…or many years.  I write for kids.  I had three of my own so I should have some idea what makes them tick…not that this qualifies me for anything really! Recently I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with family …

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Jun 06

Library event

May 12, 2011:  Readdating Vancouver, sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library, brought 30 local authors and library employees together for a fun, social evening with an educational twist.  Both parties had the opportunity to “talk shop”, learning from one another and networking.  No dating was involved….honest. When a bell rang,  library employees changed tables and authors …

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