Tag Archive: Rebecca Kool

Oct 09

National Sports Day in Japan~another national holiday

Canadian’s celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday while Japan celebrated Sports Day, a national holiday on the second Monday in October. This holiday was first observed in 1966 to mark the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. To commemorate the first ever Olympic games to take place in Asia, October 10 was made a national holiday. …

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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 21

Celebrating National Holidays in Japan

I arrived in Japan in the fall of 1994 and with the help of good friends I settled into my new life and began working as an English teacher.  It soon became apparent that Japan likes to celebrate….most anything, really!  Each month of the year a national holiday is celebrated…..many fall on a Monday, whether they like it …

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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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Jun 02

The wait is over…

Fly Catcher Boy for the iPAD* now available Fly Catcher Boy, first published by Gumboot Books, Vancouver 2009) has been re-worked and re-launched as a dual-language English story with Japanese words throughout, an interactive version brought to life by Simon Hayama’s narration, and Hailey Sabourin’s manga-style illustrations. The read-it-to-me page by page audio option with sound …

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Mar 13

Finally……extreme makeover complete

Maybe you’ve noticed?  I’ve not been around for awhile but now I’m back….catching up on a few posts that have been waiting patiently in draft limbo: Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s SERENDIPITY 2012 , THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, began Friday, February 24th with a lovely dinner at UBC Golf Club.  Serendipity’s theme, ASIAN THEMES FOR YOUNG …

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Nov 17

Shichi-go-san celebrated November 15th in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by Japanese parents on the fifteenth of November, to mark the growth of their children as they turn three, five and seven years of age.  In my book, Fly Catcher Boy, Sumiko is celebrating her special day at the Shrine!  Kenji praises how “kawaii” (cute) she is as the families …

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Sep 22

Fly Catcher Boy travels to Japan….and ends up in a museum!

Being married to a Japanese national has some definite perks when it comes to sourcing out marketing opportunities in Japan. Takeshi has found a variety of great locations there, intent on introducing Fly Catcher Boy, my bi-lingual English/Japanese book for children, to millions of kids in his homeland. The OSHIMA MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOKS, located …

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