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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Japanese Celebrations: A Children’s Book

Japanese Celebrations book

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns, and Stars! by Betty Reynolds


Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! is a fun and educational book for children about the customs of Japan. It is full of colorful pictures with a playful quality depicting the practices of various Japanese holidays throughout the seasons.


Each holiday gets its own page with a description of the event and an accompanying illustration. Much of the white space of the pages is filled with smaller images and descriptions of traditional foods, dress and rituals. A child who enjoys pictures and asking questions about what they see will love this book.


The book makes reference to the traditional Japanese religion of Shinto and the corresponding rituals to respect the gods and ancestors and includes a profile of Kan-butsu-e, or Buddha’s Baptism Celebration, in which children take turns pouring sweet tea over a statue of the Buddha.


The best thing about “Japanese Celebrations” is its interactive quality: many of the holidays include related crafts with step by step directions, easy and quick-to-learn games, and even celebratory songs complete with musical notation.


Children with active imaginations will dive in to this engaging and colorful read, and parents will enjoy playing, crafting and singing along with their kids.


© 2013, Crystal Hoshaw. All rights reserved.

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Crystal Hoshaw is a US expat, yogini, and mother of one. She lives with her son and husband at Kailash Akhara in northeastern Thailand, where she studies Tantrik yoga, Ayurveda, and Sakta-Saiva Dharma as an Acarya-in-training for DHARMA INC. Her work marries her lifelong passion for the written word with her love of spiritual wisdom and esotericism.

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