Gift Guide

Japan (First Reports Series)


Describes the history, geography, government, economics, and people of Japan.

An introduction to the geography, history, culture, and people of Japan.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


Describes the history, geography, government, economics, and people of Japan.

An introduction to the geography, history, culture, and people of Japan.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Did you know that trains in Japan are so crowed they hire pushers to cram people on board? Although the text is simple enough for younger readers, the information is well chosen so they can fully grasp the key concepts of Japanese life. The book welcomes readers to many colorful aspects of present-day Japan, such as the cities of Tokyo and Osaka where modern buildings blend with those of the past. Three forms of theater, Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku, are unique to Japanese culture and have been around for centuries. Because of limited space, homes are small and furniture is minimal. Japanese enjoy many arts such as calligraphy and flower arranging, known as Ikebana. A brief history is included that tells of the samurai warriors, the emperor, and World War II. The many colorful photographs are outstanding and clearly illustrate the unique culture. As part of the "First Reports" series, which focuses on various countries, this would be a valuable tool in the classroom. Also included are a short timeline, glossary, map, and additional sources for research. 2001, Compass Point Books. Ages 7 to 12. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756512156
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: First Reports - Countries Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,284,425
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Sinnott has written two books in the American Girl Collection by the Pleasant Company. She has also written for Children’s Press, Franklin Watts, and Millbrook Press and contributed to Cobblestone and Cricket magazines. Her Extraordinary Hispanic Americans was chosen as an ALA Best Reference Book of 1993. Susan Sinnott lives with her two children in Maine.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

"Konnichi wa!" 4
Emperors and Samurai 12
Cutting Off Contact 16
The Twentieth Century 19
Religion in Japan 24
Japanese Festivals 28
Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku 31
City Life 34
The Japanese Home 37
Food in Japan 39
Sports and Travel 41
Glossary 44
Did You Know? 44
At a Glance 45
Important Dates 46
Want to Know More? 47
Index 48
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)