The flight was delayed by a week, but we have finally landed in Japan. The girls are still chatting about last month’s trip to India and those super fun spice paintings. If you aren’t familiar with Around the World in 12 Dishes this is an amazing collection of bloggers who are cooking our way around the world with our kids. We’re exploring the food, arts and crafts of 12 different countries and cultures. This month we explored Japan.
Our first stop on our journey was at the library, where we found some great books about Japan. We read the books “Japanese Children’s Favourite Stories” and “Kids Around the World: We Live in Japan.” I asked my girls to take a look through the books and decide what they would like to do. My eldest daughter, Ehm, is always writing stories so when we discovered Haiku poetry I knew we had found her link to Japan. Haiku poems have some unique characteristics. A Haiku poem has only three lines; the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the third line has 5 syllables. This is her series of Haiku poems.
Now, I might be a little biased, but I think these poems are lovely. She really is a beautiful writer. Not to be outdone, my younger daughter, Cee, created a cherry blossom branch. She started by finding a twig in our yard and then simply cut out the cherry blossom petals from pink tissue paper. Using white glue, she stuck the petals to the branch. Cherry blossoms are a popular tree in Japan and they are the inspiration for many festivals in the springtime.