Tag Archive: Japanese Culture

Apr 18

Cherry Blossom Fever Consumes Nation!

Here in Victoria, BC, Canada we enjoy a multitude of cherry blossom blooms.  Our glorious sunny spring weather ensured that our blooms were reported on CBC national news, taunting those who were still burdened with snow and wickedly cold weather, day after miserable day.  Here, at the hint of sunshine you will find Victoria’ites clad …

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Mar 03

Closing out a year of National Holidays in Japan

Well, it’s over.  Last year I began posting about each and every national holiday celebrated in Japan….all fifteen of them!  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and learning a bit more about the country. My foray into bi-lingual books for kids was prompted by the desire to write entertaining and informative books for children giving them an opportunity to learn …

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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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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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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 10

What’s in a name?

When I tell people I have a bi-lingual kid’s book coming out in the fall, they react positively and eventually ask “what’s the title?”  When I tell them FLY CATCHER BOY, I sense some confusion on their part.  A book about a boy who catches flies.  Yuck.  What could possibly be interesting about a dirty habit? 

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