Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted by Sherry on 5/24/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General, Japan |

“‘Once, there were two princesses, Sisters. One trained to be a warrior, at the top of a mountain. She was never allowed to go home. The other trained to be the perfect princess. She was never allowed out of the palace. Until one day, when their father said they were ready . . .’ ‘They […]


Poetry Friday: Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers by Gloria Whelan

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers By Gloria Whelan. Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Sleeping Bear Press, 2008. This week and next in our homeschool we’re traveling to Japan: sushi, haiku, kimonos, rice paper, origami, big city, small farm, tsunamis, cherry blossoms. And what else might we discover in our imaginary journey to Japan? When you’re […]

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Book Tag: Asia Picture Books

Posted by Sherry on 6/18/2013 in Book Tag, General, Japan |

It’s time for Book Tag again. The rules are: “In this game, readers suggest a good book in the category given, then let somebody else be ‘it’ before they offer another suggestion. There is no limit to the number of books a person may suggest, but they need to politely wait their turn with only […]


Christmas in Kobe, Japan, 1912

Lottie Moon was born into a comfortable life on an antebellum plantation in Virginia. She died on Christmas Eve, 1912, on board a ship off the coast of Japan, some say of sickness due to malnutrition, after a life of ministering to and suffering with the Chinese people she loved. Between her birth and death, […]


Karate Kid Does Japan

Posted by Sherry on 11/14/2006 in Around the World, General, Japan |

Karate Kid, age 9, is interested in all things Japanese. While we’ve been touring Asia and Australia and the South Pacific, he’s been concentrating mostly on Japan and books set in Japan. Here are the books he’s read and his, mostly unedited, responses to them: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler I […]


Week 8 of World Geography: Japan

Posted by Sherry on 10/2/2006 in Around the World, Education and Homeschool, Japan |

Music: Robert Schumann—Symphonic Etudes Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff–Wheeler Poems: More haiku Science: Physical Science: Force, work, and energy Nonfiction Read Aloud: Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun–Blumberg Fiction Read Alouds: Li Lun, Lad of Courage–Treffinger Born in the Year of Courage–Crofford Picture Books: What Does the Rooster Say, Yoshio?—Battles How My Parents […]


Week 7 of World Geography: Japan

Posted by Sherry on 9/24/2006 in Around the World, General, Japan |

Music: Franz Peter Schubert—C Major Symphony A Little Schubert–Goffstein Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends–Wheeler Mission Study: 1. Window on the World: Japan 2. Bold Bearers of His Name: Kanzo Uchimura 3. WotW: Buddhism Poems: Haiku Science: Atoms and Molecules Nonfiction Read Aloud: Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun–Blumberg Fiction Read Alouds: Li […]


Allen Say

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2004 in --August, Around the World, Birthdays, General, Japan |

Say is a Japanese-American author who was also born on this date. He was born in Yokohama, Japan and came to the U.S. just after WWII with his father. His father enrolled him in a military school in California, and Say hated the school and the United States. He was expelled from military school after […]

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