Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!


I love the cherry blossoms that bloom every year in Washington, D.C. – and so does the rest of America! That’s why I’m reviewing  Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!, a great picture book that tells of many Japanese traditions, including one that celebrates the blooming of cherry blossom trees!

Some of the many celebrations described in the book include a doll festival, Children’s Day, the Star Festival, Greenery Day, cherry blossom viewing parties, and more. The book not only tells what the celebrations are, but gives both the English and Japanese names for each celebration, and provides a helpful glossary in the back of the book as a reference. For example, the Japanese word for “cherry blossom” is “sakura.” The Japanese word for the cherry blossom viewing parties held to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossom trees is “Hanami.”

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! also educates children on typical phrases such as thank-you, which is  “domo arigato” in Japanese. Children will learn not only about the celebrations, but the foods that are eaten during these celebrations, the arts and crafts made during celebrations and words and letters of the Japanese language.

If you seek a great book that educates children on the aspects of Japanese culture, Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! is a great choice!

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!
Written and Illustrated by Betty Reynolds
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