Tag Archive: dual-language

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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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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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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Jun 26

Meet Hailey Sabourin, Illustrator of the new Fly Catcher Boy iBook

  Q:  We first met in the summer of 2011, introduced through mutual friends.  When you heard I wanted to meet you to talk about illustrating a book, what did you think? A:  I was excited.  All I could think was positive! Q:  I spent about three days in your hometown, talking and getting to …

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Jun 05

Is this a boy’s book?

May 26th dawned with the promise of sunshine and warm(ish) temperatures.  Spring on the BC coast is sketchy at best.  I dressed in my performance gear–white jeans, a long sleeved white shirt and my “happi coat”, lovingly made by one of my adult students in Japan in the 90s.  I treasure that garment and wear it …

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