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Geography: Japan

First Monday: Location. (Continent, Bordering countries/oceans, hemisphere)
First Tuesday: Flag.
First Wednesday: Language. (I need to remember to use youtube… I’m sure there must be some basic language lessons there—and particularly with the asian languages, I have not a clue:-( )
First Thursday: Animals.
First Friday: Music. (Folk songs/dancing) (ETA: See in the comments for some music links! Thanks Purrdence!)
Second Monday: Features. (Cities, Mountains, Rivers)
Second Tuesday: Famous People.
Second Wednesday: Language.
Second Thursday: Culture. (Currency, festivals, population, religion)
Second Friday: Art/Craft. (if there’s a related ‘My Family Feast’ episode, we’ll watch it)
(This book appears to cover a large number of the topics I want, and seeing as we’re starting later than I’d anticipated, it will be ideal:-) )
Second Saturday: Food. We’re going to cook Chicken Kuwayaki, California Rolls, and Monkey Maki. We’ll probably use the leftover sushi rice, and bits of the chicken to do Onigiri the next day. (We use an egg-cup to help shape the balls.)

I was surprised how few appropriate books I could find (mind you, I failed to do my prep work, so I was searching at the library, and remembering dewey codes, and chasing kids).
Japan in Colors


  Desiree Heald wrote @ February 6th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

IF there’s anything about Japan you’d like to borrow/ know about, give me a yell. I also have some kimono I’d be happy to bring over to show the young ‘uns.

  Fe wrote @ February 7th, 2010 at 12:15 am

Thanks for the offer:-)
We ‘did’ Japan first, because it was easy:-) Lots of stuff was available, and we already have a few foods in our standard menu. But it was fairly ad hoc and abbreviated:-( We didn’t really cover any language (actually, I’m annoyed with myself about that… China too… given that he’s really keen to learn about language… loves his Latin, and French, and was after me to start Greek too when he saw a programm advertised!), or anything to do with its culture (we didn’t even look at their money—even though we have a little collection here!) But then, this was the first time through, and I’m fairly certain we will revisit Japan regularly:-) So I will remember this for the future:-) (Actually, music is another area I was disappointed to miss. I just didn’t get my brain in gear to work out what I was after. If you have any names/search terms to point me at, for traditional music, that would be a great help! I recognise things that might sound Japanese, but I haven’t worked out what to go looking for.)
(And it’s one of the reasons for blogging what we’re doing here… because I know we know folk who have connections with a number of countries… but when we’re in the thick of things, I don’t necessarily remember that this is one of those countries… If I blog it, I get reminders:-) )

(Oh, BTW, thanks for commenting on the blog, not the feed:-) )

  Desiree Heald wrote @ February 7th, 2010 at 3:02 am

re: music


‘Sakura Sakura’ (Cherry Blossoms) This vid ( is on the koto.

‘Haru ga kita’ (Spring comes)
and (Wiggles version!)


‘Ue o Muite’ (aka ‘Sukiyaki)


‘Asia no Junsin’ – PUFFY


‘Sanpo’ (Totoro opening theme)

  Fe wrote @ February 8th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thanks for these! (You were quick:-) )

I completely forgot about Totoro in general (it tends to be the kids default movie suggestion:-) ).

I’ll be playing these over this next week:-)

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