It was great to celebrate Japanese holiday, Girls Day or Hinamatsuri, with Debbi Michiko Florence at Newtonville Books! Debbi and I have been doing a blog series on Japanese culture so I wanted to add in this Japanese holiday that also involves mochi!
Hinamatsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan. Celebrated each year on March 3rd, special ornamental dolls representing the Emperor and his court dressed in costume from the Heian period are displayed in households. The day, 3/3, is a chosen because the number significance brings good luck.
Boys have their own day on May 5th, another auspicious number combination. Boys’ day involves flying cloth carp kites.
I really love the Jasmine Toguchi early chapter book series. This is a funny, sweet, pitch perfect series about a spunky youngest child with glimpses of Japanese culture amidst the typical issues of growing up.
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth and Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl.
Awards for Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen:
“An enjoyable offering about trying new activities and finding just the right talent that makes us feel “free and strong and happy.”” –Kirkus Reviews
- A Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 Selection
- An Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017
- An Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017
- A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2017
- A 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
- 2018 Amelia Bloomer Booklist
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