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Japan (First Reports Series)

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

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

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Overview

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

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

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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
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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.
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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
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