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PICKED AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY THE ASSOCIATION OF BOOKSELLERS FOR CHILDREN!"This diary-cum-travelogue surveys aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture from sushi and bowing (how and when to do it) to ninjas and manga." —School Library Journal"Ever heard of micro sushi? Have you played karuta before? Neither did I, until I spent four months in Japan liPICKED AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY THE ASSOCIATION OF BOOKSELLERS FOR CHILDREN!"This diary-cum-travelogue surveys aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture from sushi and bowing (how and when to do it) to ninjas and manga." —School Library Journal"Ever heard of micro sushi? Have you played karuta before? Neither did I, until I spent four months in Japan living with a Japanese family."Dan, the narrator of My Awesome Japan Adventure, is a typical American fifth grader, who spends four months with a Japanese family as an exchange student. Although he initially finds it difficult to adjust, Dan is soon having fun wherever he goes—and recording all of his adventures in a diary. With the help of his Japanese foster brother and sister, Daisuke and Mari, Dan visits a Ninja village, tries new foods, learns brush painting, and shares the inside scoop on Japanese school life. Readers of all ages will love experiencing life in Japan from a kid's point of view!Dan's adventures include:•My First Week of School•Visiting a Ninja Village•Fun with Origami•Practicing Aikido•Making Mochi•And much more…...

Title : My Awesome Japan Adventure
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ISBN : 9784805312162
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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My Awesome Japan Adventure Reviews

  • Emily
    2019-05-06 22:30

    A lovely look at the Japanese culture from a child's perspective. While this book is brief, it hits upon some nice specifics and provides interesting examples. The words are also paired nicely with the illustrations as a type of "travel journal."

  • Linda
    2019-05-01 22:26

    Love this book! The colorful cover opens to a fun feast for the eyes. Fifth grader Dan travels from the U.S. to Japan to stay with the Murata family for four months of discovery. The pages are packed with awesomely cute, detailed artwork and tidily printed journal entries where Dan describes all the interesting cultural and historical tidbits he experiences. Like "Amelia's Notebooks" goes to Japan. Food, school, harvesting rice, ninja, Shinto religion, and the art of bowing are some of the topics covered. Dan’s “voice” at times seems a little too mature for a fifth grader, but the commentary is lighthearted and amusing as Dan tells us about his cool adventures in learning. Sometimes the host family members get to “talk.” As a half-Japanese in the U.S., I know a fair amount about Japan, but this book taught me a few things.My Awesome Japan Adventure would be an awesome addition to elementary school libraries or for the bookshelf of any youngster interested in Japan. I may be a grownup, but I loved reading about everyday Japan from a kid’s viewpoint. Tako yaki! Doraemon! Christmas and fried chicken! I have to thank the publisher for offering me a review copy—I am charmed, and can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the illustrations.

  • Powersamurai
    2019-05-07 00:20

    Otowa created a children's book on Japan without getting bogged down in details. It also has activities to keep kids busy. Highly recommend for kids between 7 and 12 (or so).

  • maila
    2019-05-02 02:38

    rebecca otowa-nya lucu :3format buku ini benar-benar kayak diary. ada keterangan tanggal dan tempat dia bepergian bentuk kayak post-it bergambar gitu. ucul. suka banget dan semakin membuat diri ini ingin membuat buku berjenis ini juga hehejepang ya,hhhhhhhhhhh

  • Angela
    2019-05-17 18:32

    Great way to learn about culture and tradition in Japan with lots of activities to try!

  • Harris
    2019-05-16 00:43

    This was a brief, fun, easy introduction to Japanese culture for kids interested in learning more about the country and pining to visit. A short comic journal from Dan, a fictional fifth grade American kid who spends four months living with a Japanese family, it offers brief facts and background for a bunch of topics kids would find interesting, including school days, cuisine, calligraphy, manga, ninja, and holiday traditions, as well as some more "educational" topics like rice farming. In addition, there are some hands on activities, too, such as origami and I particularly liked the recipe for onigiri (rice balls) that kids can make at home! Still, this book would probably be most interesting to those kids who are already smitten with Japan and crave learning anything about it. The art is kid-like and colorful, as Dan writes little vignettes of his experiences during his four months, shared in emails home and journal entries as the seasons change and he experiences more topics.Dan and his Japanese host family, the Muratas, however, don't have much personality by themselves, Dan is just an "average kid" placeholder for readers to imagine themselves in his shoes. There is no background revealing exactly why Dan is spending the first semester of fifth grade in Japan, for instance, only that he loved it and "will be back!" That was my feeling upon returning from my own Japan trip myself, though of course I was not able to go back in grade school. My Awesome Japan Adventure doesn't offer much in depth information on Japan, but should be helpful for any grade schoolers interested in Japanese culture and some hands on activities too.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-05-09 22:23

    This graphic diary of a fictional fifth grader’s visit to Japan is chock-full of interesting facts delivered in a most palatable format – those who are wild to know more about Japan will eat it up. I did find it a little hard to believe that the parents of this fifth grader were ok sending him off to Japan for four months on his own. It would have been even better if this had actually happened. Any real kids out there who have had this sort of experience? Photographs of Japan/events/people would also have been welcome additions.

  • lucie parenkyuma
    2019-04-25 20:43

    Kids will definitely love this colourful book full of beautiful drawings! It feels like absorbing the Japanese culture just by reading the experiences of Dan with Murata family, to be honest. Although I already knew about the tea ceremonies, art of ninja, bowing, etc, thanks to my ample and serious reading of various mangas available, this simple book still managed to awe-struck me with the elegant culture of the Japanese.Highly recommended for kids!

  • Pam
    2019-05-19 22:27

    What a fun way to learn about Japan! All elementary schools, which do country reports, need this book as it will be a great reference about Japan. The history and culture is imparted in a way all kids (both young and old) can learn while enjoying the story. Rebecca Otowa has done an incredible job including so many diverse cultural and historical aspects in a short colorful and easy to read book!

  • Jaguar
    2019-05-17 02:35

    It had alot of information, and it makes me want to visit Japan now. There were also some humorous things.

  • Susan
    2019-05-08 21:44

    Not comprehensive but I learned things. If I were giving a kid several books about Japan, this would be one of them.