Tag Archive: bi-lingual children’s book

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 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 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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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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Jul 04

Thank you Keen Readers!

Sure, the writing and publishing road can be fraught with potholes, detours, or unexpected dead ends yet there are so many success stories, not all of them measured by best-sellers or high-profile book tours.  While my own publishing story came down to “right place, right time”, it was also loaded with all that is wonderful and exciting in a first …

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Sep 22

Fly Catcher Boy travels to Japan….and ends up in a museum!

Being married to a Japanese national has some definite perks when it comes to sourcing out marketing opportunities in Japan. Takeshi has found a variety of great locations there, intent on introducing Fly Catcher Boy, my bi-lingual English/Japanese book for children, to millions of kids in his homeland. The OSHIMA MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOKS, located …

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Jun 05

Changes afoot…

 No, I haven’t vanished from the face of the earth–simply been very busy from March until just last weekend performing my book, Fly Catcher Boy, “kamishibai style”, at many festivals and celebrations that take place every spring.  Now’s the time to catch up on all the news that’s fit to print! The first bit of …

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Sep 29

Final book edit is finished!

I’ve just added a link to my website…FCB’s illustrator David Namisato.  Check out his website by clicking on the link.  I know you’ll enjoy his work.  He was a perfect fit.  Thanks, David!

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