Tag Archive: iBOOK for iPAD

May 31

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Victoria

May 7, 2015.  A perfectly fine, sunny day for students from Margaret Jenkins Ecole Primary School to walk from their school to the Oak Bay library where we all gathered in a cozy, private room for a “kamishibai” presentation of my English/Japanese bilingual book, Fly Catcher Boy. After introductions and some personal backstory, we launched …

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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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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 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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Jul 17

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary

I was visiting with a friend the other day.  He’s got a young son and was curious to see my new iBook so I opened it up and began walking him through it.  He engaged right away, enjoying the “read-to-me” audio and the “touch-to-play” pronunciation glossary feature.  “This is great; I think my boy will like this.  Looks …

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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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