Tag Archive: multi-cultural

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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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 12

Meet Jacquie Pearce, BC author

I met Jacquie Pearce at my first CWILL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC) meeting in 2007.  My book was in the hands of Gumboot Books Publishing and Crystal Stranaghan, Founder, happened to be the president of CWILL.  After the meeting I got to know Jacquie as we shared experiences about Japan. We continue to have a personal and professional relationship …

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Oct 25

Fall Book Harvest review…

  My first book-related public appearance took place last Friday, October 16th, at the North Vancouver Public Library, CWILL’s Fall Book Harvest. The weather forecast of 40mm of rain was a no-show which was good because lots of kids showed up in tow with their teachers to listen to 32 authors/illustrators pitch their books in …

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