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Girls' Day / Boys' Day Hardcover – February 15, 2007
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The first thing that catches the eye with the nifty new two-books-in-one "Girls' Day/Boys' Day" is its size. At seven inches by seven inches, it's just right for little hands. Kids can pick a story, "Girls' Day," or "Boys' Day," by turning the book upside down, and over.
Brief text covers both events, highlighting similarities and differences between community, school and family celebrations that take place in Japan and in Hawai'i.
Impressive interior images of celebrations in Kyoto, Chiba and Honolulu bleed over the pages alongside smaller inset photos.
The text is succinct and filled with interesting tidbits. For example, Girls' Day began in China as a religious ceremony, and Japanese nobles adopted the custom more than 1,000 years ago. Dolls, kimono and food customs are detailed.
While Girls' Day is celebrated each year on the third day of the third month, Boys' Day falls on the fifth day of the fifth month. For Boys' Day, the significance of samurai, the iris and flying carp are explained. Children and adults will find much to enjoy in these pages, as, in all, this is a delightful work of nonfiction. -- The Honolulu Advertiser, March 4, 2007
About the Author
Minako Ishii's travels as a senior business analyst with Sony furthered an early interest in world cultures. Her photographs, which have appeared in international, national, and Hawaii publications, and her business, Beyond Borders, reflect her belief in both the importance of cultural preservations and in children's potential to bridge boundaries.