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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

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

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

Lullaby of Takeda

March 3, 2020 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

The Bride Doll

March 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Doll with Blue Eyes

Happy Hinamatsuri!

March 3, 2020 at 3:03 am Leave a comment

A manga lover’s Tokyo travel guide

My Favorite Things to See and Do In Japan
by Evangeline Neo

In this captivating Tokyo travel guide, manga artist and author Evangeline Neo travels to the Japanese capital with her mascots Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat in tow, bringing you to all the otaku sights this city has to offer. She shows you where to shop for manga memorabilia in Akihabara and Nakano, takes you on a tour of famous anime and manga museums like Studio Ghibli and Sanrio Puroland, and shares her experiences at a cosplay studio, a maid and butler cafe, and a manga drawing class.

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


Thersa Matsuura – Uncanny Japan
Hatsu-yume: Your First Dream of the New Year

Hatsu-yume is the first dream you have in the New Year. In Japan there is a saying: ichi fuji, ni taka, san nasubi. Which means the luckiest dream you can have is of Mt. Fuji, the second luckiest thing to see in a dream is a hawk, and the third is an eggplant.


January 8, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Kachi Kachi Yama

Kachi-Kachi Mountain


November 11, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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