Cultural Traditions in Japan

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Children's Literature - Kristen Kelley
Did you know that Japan celebrates the 7-5-3 Festival every year by giving long sticks of red and white candy called "thousand year candy" to kids turning three, five and seven to wish them a long life? This book provides an overview of the many festivals and holidays in Japan. It begins with a brief mention of the Shinto and Buddhist religions as many of Japan traditions have religious origins. The book then includes two-page descriptions of various Japanese festivals, such as the Spring Festival where people eat Eho-Maki while facing that year's lucky compass direction, Health and Sports Day where everyone gets off work and school and participates in physical activities such as ball games, and the Obon Festival where people send their relatives back to rest by lighting lanterns and placing them in a river that flows into the ocean. The book includes large, color photographs of Japanese people celebrating the various festivals and a glossary. This book is sure to pique children's interest in learning about Japanese culture. Reviewer: Kristen Kelley
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Holidays well known and obscure are introduced in this series. Each volume begins with a welcome to its titular nation and includes information about its geographical setting and general population, and offers a generic introduction to the concept of traditions. China and Japan highlight the nations' emphasis on the family and ancestry. The holidays are then presented spread by spread in approximate chronological order, starting with the New Year. Each occasion is accompanied by dates (lunar or Gregorian) and information on its origins and how it is observed. Much attention is paid to which holidays give people the day off from work or school. Captioned photographs-mainly in color-adorn each spread, along with "Did You Know?" boxes featuring fun facts. Vocabulary words in bold are well chosen and defined in a glossary; the index helps young researchers-probably this series' primary users-locate necessary facts. Good updates for the "Festivals of the World" series (Gareth Stevens, 1997) or to augment titles in the Marshall Cavendish 2010 series.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775867
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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