Category: Japan

Discovering Japan with Kids

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While in the United States we celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 5th. In Japan they celebrated Kodomo no Hi Japan’s Children’s Day! This post from Open Wide World couldn’t have come in a better time since we had just finished learning about Japan.

We received a wonderful package from Sam & Sofia, picture, activity sheet, stickers, boarding pass, and the best part of the package the origami kit! Guess who was fascinated by the Japanese art of origami?  {Big smile!} 
I had little one make a simple lapbook with printables from DLTK. He colored the flag, and the country (insisting on coloring it blue) and he placed the stickers inside of the folder. We read Sam & Sofia’s letter, and loved the picture of a home in Japan. 

Little one also had the opportunity to meet a wonderful and beautiful Japanese young lady at the International Festival. She even made an origami for him.

To supplement Sam & Sofia’s package from Japan I also checked out from the library the books We’re from Japan which is perfect with pictures of how children and family live there. The Japan in Colors book shows pictures of Japan’s culture, and landscapes. 
Although little one had a bit of trouble with making the origami he did enjoy adding googly eyes, and cotton balls so they could look more like animals.  He made a sheep, a dog, a cat, and a fox. 

Japan was indeed a fun country to learn!   We’ve also enjoyed National Geographic for Kids, and learned some fun facts about the country, it’s people, and culture.

OFFICIAL NAME: Japan
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary government
CAPITAL: Tokyo
POPULATION: 127,463,611
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Japanese
MONEY: Japanese yen
AREA: 145,883 square miles (377,835 square kilometers)
MAJOR MOUNTAIN RANGES: Japanese Alps
MAJOR RIVERS: Biwa, Inawashiro, Kasumigaura

The Japanese are famous for their willingness to work very hard. Children are taught to show respect for others, especially parents and bosses. They learn to do what’s best for their family or company and worry less about their own needs.

Japanese food is very different from food in Western countries. There is lots of rice, fish, and vegetables, but little meat. With little fat or dairy, this diet is very healthy, which helps Japanese people live, on average, longer than any other people in the world.

We’ve been busy discovering countries around the world! Check out our Worldwide Culture Swaps, and Little Passports Countries.