Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and by Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore

By Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore

Packed with colourful illustrations and enjoyable evidence approximately eastern tradition, celebrations, language and background, this multicultural children's books will pride teenagers and oldsters alike!

A remarkable examine eastern tradition and relatives existence, Japanese Traditions is an intricately illustrated romp throughout the formative years memories of author/illustrator Setsu Broderick. advised through a chain of brief textual content blocks and lighthearted illustrations in response to cats, Japanese Traditions monitors seasonal fairs and actions reminiscent of O-Bon (Festival of the Souls), O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and getting ready for the recent Year.

While having fun with the fascinating illustrations of a family members of eastern cats, the writer stocks her hot youth stories of many jap customs, reminiscent of amassing round the kotatsu (heated desk) to stick hot, throwing soybeans to maintain away ogres and putting home made teru-teru-bozu (fine-weather) dolls out the window to prevent the rain. There also are many conventional eastern meals, toys, video games and celebrations taught throughout the illustrations. All in all, Japanese Traditions offers a paranormal dinner party for kids of every age.

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Another big event was the rice cake making: hot steamed rice was poured into a giant mortar and was pounded with a pestle until it got really sticky. Then we shaped it into large round rice cakes. These rice cakes were offered to the gods on New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, my mother cooked all day to make the special foods for the holidays. That night, everyone ate toshi-koshi soba (buckwheat noodles) and waited to hear the bells from the temple at midnight. I was never able to stay up that late and just fell asleep.

48 These special decorations are made from three stalks of bamboo, cut diagonally at different heights. They are bound together with straw, and then pine branches are added. Bamboo represents strength and resilience; pine represents constancy and long life. Kadomatsu usually come in pairs, and are set up on either side of the front entrance to the house. They welcome in good fortune for the New Year. Let’s Look More Closely! We learned a lot about different monthly activities that took place in Japan.

Thin shoji paper allows light to filter through. Fusuma may be painted, as they are here. Fusuma between rooms can be removed to create a larger room. Kamishibai (Paper Drama) This form of storytelling dates back almost 1,000 years! A kamishibai storyteller would ride by bicycle from town to town and set up his storytelling box in a park. He announced his arrival with a pair of wooden clappers and people would gather to hear the stories. Children who bought candy would get the best seats. The storyteller told his stories using a set of illustrated boards, inserted into the box and taken out one by one as the story was told.

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