japan

Japan Comes to Barbara Bush

Man Writing KanjiWe had our first program from our Summer Travel Series on Monday and it was a ton of fun. Thanks to the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) we were able to learn so much about Japan. Kanji, yukatas, origami—it was all covered. Thank you for visiting the library, Mr. Tsuruta!

Also we drew for a $20 gift card to a local bookstore, which was exciting. Don't forget that there are four more programs this summer. That means there are four more chances to win a $20 gift card. Good luck!

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Kakkoii!

Maneki Neko

Don’t forget that the Japan-American Society of Houston will be visiting the branch Thursday, May 20th at 3:30pm. This is an opportunity to learn a number of fascinating facts and it will be fun as well. Photos, videos and stories will be shared on topics that will vary from technology to living in a highly populated area. If you enjoyed all things Japan, then this is an event not to be missed!
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Mystery, Magic and Adventure with the Scent of Medieval Japan

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

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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

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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

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