Favorite books from Japan
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A Beginner’s Guide to Japan : Observations and Provocations
by Pico Iyer

Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year 2020

All About Japan

A cultural adventure for kids, All About Japan offers a journey to a new place—and ways to bring it to life! Dive into stories, play some games from Japan, and learn some Japanese songs.

An Illustrated History of Japan

Discusses and illustrates the milestones of each major period of Japanese history, from prehistoric times to the present day.

I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabaiashi

Seven-year-old Mimiko lives in Tokyo, and here you can follow a year’s worth of fun, food and festivities in Mimiko’s life, month by month. Learn the right way to put on a kimono and see Mimiko’s top ten favorite meals—just try not to eat the pages featuring delicious wagashi!

Japan (Enchantment of the World) by Ruth Bjorklund

Learn about the country’s history, culture, people and much more!

Japan : Travel for kids: The fun way to discover Japan

Whether preparing for a vacation, or simply wanting to learn about Japan, this book gives you all you need to know, fun places to visit, tasty food to try, and fun, interactive pop quizzes throughout. Come join Dinobibi and Hinata on an adventure and DISCOVER Japan.

Japan Travel Guide: Things I Wish I’D Known Before Going To Japan
by Ken Fukuyama and Yuki Fukuyama

Everything you need to know about Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido

Japanese Traditions : Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri: A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivivals

A wonderful look at Japanese culture and family life, Japanese Traditions is an intricately illustrated romp through the childhood reminiscences of author/illustrator Setsu Broderick. Told via a series of short text blocks and lighthearted illustrations based on cats, Japanese Traditions displays seasonal festivals and activities such as O-Bon (Festival of the Souls), O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and preparing for the New Year.

K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet
by Gloria Whelan and Jennifer Nolan

Judo, origami, sushi – with just a few words an immediate landscape is conjured: the country of Japan. In K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet, young readers are invited to travel to faraway Japan and explore its rich history, traditions, and role in today’s world.

Kids’ Travel Guide – Japan by FlyingKids

All about Japan, especially for kids—geography, fascinating history, and flags and symbols, as well as Japanese culture, food, and even some useful word in Japanese.

My Awesome Japan Adventure : A Diary About the Best 4 Months Ever

A perfect introduction to Japanese culture for kids, My Awesome Japan Adventure is the diary of an American fifth grader who travels to Japan to spend four exciting months with a Japanese family as an exchange student.

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Yoshio thinks Tokyo sounds like a symphony hall! But one day he meets a musician who tells Yoshio that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for the sound of silence.

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