japan

Destination...Japan

Godzilla, Hello Kitty, Anime, Manga, Sushi, Origami, Kimonos...just to name a few things from Japan! Let's celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a "trip" to Japan! May 10th @ 4:30 PM. For Preschool and School Age Kids. 

Mystery, Magic and Adventure with the Scent of Medieval Japan

Station of the Tokaido by Hiroshige
Sword Fighting Skills, Samurai, Spirits and Ninja

The Fire Kimono

In The Fire Kimono, Laura Joh Rowland continues her Sano Ichiro series. A long lost cousin of the shogun's is found dead, and Sano is called in to investigate. It turns out his mother was involved with the disappearance of this cousin, during the great fire which consumed the city at that time. Of course, if he can't prove his mother's innocence, Sano and all of his family will be put to death! Another fun entry with details on daily life and customs in ancient Japan.The Fire Kimono

Snow and Murder

I had written earlier about Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series, set in ancient Japan, featuring a samurai detective. The Snow Empress is next in the series, and in it Sano travels to the Ezogashima area in search of his missing son. It’s great to read about the native tribes that live in the area, and to enjoy the mystical touches Rowland puts in this novel.

White Blood-Soaked Flowers

Red ChrysanthemumLaura Joh Rowland writes a fun series featuring Sano Ichiró, a samurai in ancient Japan. Rowland lives in New Orleans so she’s somewhat a local author. The first book is Shinjú and the most recent, the eleventh, is Red Chrysanthemum. (The title comes from white flowers soaked in blood.)As the books progress, Ichiró advances from a career as a lowly policeman to that of a high government official, and there’s always a crime to solve. Details about life and customs during this period of history add to the enjoyment. 

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