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JAPAN: Shichi-go-san Festival


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November 15, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

By Mark Reibstein

Illustrated by Ed Young

At last, the master
Says, “That’s hard to explain.” And
That is all she says.

Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, had never thought much about her name until friends visiting from another land asked her owner what it meant. At last, the master says, “That’s hard to explain.” And that is all she says. This unsatisfying answer sets Wabi Sabi on a journey to uncover the meaning of her name, and on the way discovers what wabi sabi is: a Japanese philosophy of seeing beauty in simplicity, the ordinary, and imperfection. Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi. Wabi Sabi is a unique picture book that clearly explains a new way of seeing the world to readers.

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October 24, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Gimme that harvest moon!


By Kobayashi Issa

“Gimme that harvest moon!”
cries the crying
child

Translated by David G. Lanoue

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October 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Koinobori

Happy Children’s Day!

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May 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Between our two lives

by Matsuo Bashō

Between our two lives
there is also the life of
the cherry blossom.

May 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Sound of Silence

Happy World Book Day!
The Sound of Silence

By Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

“Do you have a favorite sound?” little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, “The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence.”

But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!

Where is silence?

Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.

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April 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Narrow Road

by Matsuo Bashō

The Narrow Road
to the Far North

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April 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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