Posts filed under ‘.Asia’

I Live in Tokyo

by Mari Takabayashi

Have you ever been to Tokyo, Japan? Far away, in the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo is a busy city of color, activity, celebrations, gigantic buildings, and much more. Seven-year-old Mimiko lives in Tokyo, and here you can follow a year’s worth of fun, food and festivities in Mimiko’s life, month by month. Learn the right way to put on a kimono and see Mimiko’s top ten favorite meals—just try not to eat the pages featuring delicious wagashi!


July 9, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Star-Festival Song

たなばたさま [Tanabata-sama]

ささのは さらさら
のきばに ゆれる
お星さま きらきら
きんぎん すなご

ごしきの たんざく
わたしが かいた
お星さま きらきら
空から 見てる

sasa no ha sara-sara
nokiba ni yureru
ohoshi-sama kira-kira
kingin sunago

goshiki no tanzaku
watashi ga kaita
ohoshi-sama kira-kira
sora kara miteru

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle,
gold and silver grains of sand.

The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
watching us from heaven.


July 7, 2020 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Nanatsu no Ko

Nanatsu no Ko (七つの子, lit. Seven children, or Seven baby crows, The crow’s seven chicks)

Mother crow, why do you squawk so?
Because high on the mountain
I have seven cute children.

“Cute, cute,”
This mother crow sings.
“Cute, cute,”
Cries the mother crow.
You should behold the old nest
On the mountain. And there you’ll see such
Round-eyed, good children.

Karasu naze nakuno
Karasu wa yama ni
Kawai nanatsu no
Ko ga aru kara yo
Kawai kawai to
Karasu wa nakuno
Kawai kawai to
Yama no fuurusu e
Itte mite goran
Marui me o shita
Iiko da yo


烏 なぜ啼くの
可愛 可愛と
可愛 可愛と


June 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Fantasia :Chang’an in ancient China

June 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman

by Maira Kalman

Oh, Japan kids
you eat raw fish
a crazy dish
the way you bow
is really wow
Hai is yes
amd Moh is a show
I’ve got to iku
which means go.
Sayonara and good-bye
Please don’t cry
You might swallow
a fly.


May 31, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

K is for Kabuki

K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet

The Noh actor plays hide and seek
behind a mask that covers his face
He chants or sings but never speaks
as he moves with leisurely grace.

Glorian Whelan’s K is for Kabuki


May 11, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears

by Jill Robinson and Marc Bekoff

For years Jasper, a moon bear, lived a miserable existence, held captive in a cage by bear farmers in rural China. The farmers extracted the bile from Jasper’s body and sold it to be used in traditional medicines. It’s a horrific practice and conducted on thousands of moon bears each year. But now Jasper has the chance to be free and live a life away from pain and torture. In 2000, Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization, rescued Jasper and other captive moon bears, taking them to its Moon Bear Rescue Centre. Here veterinarians attended to the bears’ wounds, hoping to give them some chance of a peaceful existence in the animal sanctuary. But after so many years of abuse Jasper’s wounds, both physical and mental, are extensive. Can Jasper mend his body and mind and finally enjoy the life he was meant to live?

Children’s book tells story of rescued moon bear


May 10, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Gon, the Little Fox

by Niimi Nankichi
Illustrated by Genjirou Mita

In this retelling of Nankichi Niimi’s masterpiece, delicate watercolors bring to life the mischievous yet kind-hearted spirit of Gon, the Little Fox.

The startling and violent ending may make it difficult to find an audience, but it is a valuable introduction to a non-Western storytelling aesthetic.

Kirkus Reviews

Gon, the Little Fox named 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book



May 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The best time to plant a tree?

Twenty years ago.
The second best time?


April 22, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

GREETINGS: Happy Passover!


April 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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