Sunday, July 18, 2010

Japanese Cultural Day

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
~Japanese Proverb

We were fortunate to participate in a Japanese Cultural Day held in a nice peaceful environment. There were not crowds of people around which resulted in us being able to enjoy each activity without having to wait in queues and struggling to see.

Enjoy here a glimpse of some of what the day had to offer us.

:: trying on kimono ::

:: participating in a tea ceremony ::

:: listening to the Koto with a flute ::

:: listening to the Shakuhachi flute ::

:: having our names written in Japanese characters ::

This morning we have a commenced little unit study based around the lovely book below, A Pair of Red Clogs, by Masako Matsuno which is set in Japan.

A Pair of Red Clogs

Already we have had so much fun learning more about Japan, their flag, the country's location, a weather-telling game for children, differences in culture around the dining table, elaborate hairstyles, dressing up in dressing gown kimono with our hair in plaits, pretending our crocs are clogs and playing the weather-telling game.

The girls also surprised me with some of their own origami, their own design. We enjoyed making some simple pieces yesterday with an older Japanese instructor and her Australian teacher offsider so it was lovely to see them being creative with paper today. They made hats, fish, wormies and another special creation of my little Eee's.

Tomorrow I might give you a peak at some of our favourite dolls from the Dolls of Japan Exhibition. Would you like that?

If anyone knows of any lovely Japanese literature I should be exposing my 6 and nearly 3 year old to, please do share. Another we have enjoyed is One Leaf Rides the Wind, a counting book by Celeste Davidson Mannis. Great for little Eee.

One Leaf Rides the Wind: Count

**As you can see, Ess is now quite recovered and enjoying life as a little girl should. Thankyou for your care and concern.**


Jeanne said...

I wish I'd been there with you. Allen Say's books are terrific if you can get hold of them. We also enjoyed The Japanese Twins by Lucy Fitch perkins. Free online at Highly recommended.

I'd love to see your favourite dolls!!

Cee said...

Thankyou for sharing those resources Jeanne. Your help is greatly appreciated. Ess is already interested in the Japanese Twins but as it is after 8pm will have to wait until tomorrow :)


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