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Review: Wabi Sabi-Japan with children

Review: Wabi Sabi-Japan with children

 “Beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest and mysterious” what a wonderful concept to share.  Wabi Sabi is a great introduction to Japanese culture as Wabi Sabi the cat tries to find the meaning of his name.  As her master tries to explain, a haiku perfectly captures the cat’s behavior. The cat’s tail twitching, she...

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Review: A Single Pebble-China with children

Review: A Single Pebble-China with children

The Silk road was a series of 4000 miles (6,437 km) of trade routes connecting China to the Mediterranean Sea and gets its name from the Chinese silk trade carried out along its length beginning in the Han Dynasty around 206 BC. In A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road by Bonnie Christensen, a little girl, Mei, wants to travel with her father along the Silk Road...

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Review: Manjiro-Japan with children

Review: Manjiro-Japan with children

“No Japanese ship or boat . . . nor any native of Japan, shall presume to go out of the country; whoso acts contrary to this shall die.”  -Tokugawa Shogunate pronouncement, 1638.   From 1641-1853, Japan cut itself off from the rest of the world with very limited trading.  The Japanese were not allowed to leave and if they did leave, they were not allowed...

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