Discovering Japan with Kids
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.
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.
OFFICIAL NAME: Japan
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary government
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.