Tag Archive: dual-language books

Oct 17

16th Annual Victoria Nikkei Festival

Mark your calendars, October 24, from 10-4,  for the 16th annual Nikkei Festival in Victoria.  Kamishibai4Kids will be entertaining the children starting at 11:45am in the kid’s craft room.  My sidekick and I will be reading Fly Catcher Boy using Japan’s old style storytelling theatre, kamishibai (kah-me-she-bye). After the reading you can find me at …

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Nov 27

Wicked jet lag….

I left Japan three weeks ago. Most days it seems utterly surreal that I spent an entire month living my life on another continent. Before I left I titled this trip: “Japan: Then & Now.”  Here’s my first attempt at that (unfulfilled) promise of regular blog posts!

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Sep 05

Rebecca-sensei~the journey begins

Thirty more sleeps and the adventure begins!  I’m returning to Japan for a one-month book tour which begins October 5, 2014.  I am beyond excited to visit my home-away-from-home for six years (1994-2000), rekindle friendships I left behind, introduce FLY CATCHER BOY (by ‘kamishibai’ theatre), and bathe in all that is Japan for me–beautiful fall …

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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 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 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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Sep 29

Updates to my website

After lots of hardwork and attention to detail, the “media” page on my website has been updated with new information, author/illustrator photos and bios, a press release, plus iBook & print version info sales sheets.  Thanks to my creative project manager, Crystal Stranaghan, for doing such a fine job……and, did I mention a new Youtube video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67sgPA5fTg

Sep 14

My Top 20 SCBWI Nuggets….

As impossible as it seems, over one month ago I sat in a huge ballroom along with 1,199 other children’s book writers and illustrators from 46 states and 19 countries eagerly anticipating the 41st annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-LA  conference. The 171 men, 942 women, and 122 undeclared came from a variety of professional backgrounds,  including my personal …

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