Describes the history, geography, government, economics, and people of Japan.
Children's LiteratureDid 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
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