Posts: 28 Country (residing now): US Country (originally from): Spain Children, Ages: Girl, born in March 2016 Majority Language: English Minority Language(s): Spanish, German, and hopefully French some day!
Hi Lulu and Roy! I'm Isabel-Marie, I'll be 17 months old in 2 days!, and I'm from the US (I love Virginia!). My mom is from Spain and speaks Spanish to me, and she wants me to learn German as well... it's going to be a lot of fun!
I'm currently in Spain, where my mom and I are enjoying our summer vacation... so now that I have more time, I wanted to ask you: Do you celebrate any US holiday(s)/tradition(s) in Japan? What's your favorite? And what's your favorite Japanese holiday/tradition?
Last year I really enjoyed Christmas with my family, and now my favorite tradition is eating ice cream before going to the park on Saturdays.
Have a wonderful day!
Isabel-Marie (and my mom Marisa, who's helping with the typing!)
Hello Isabel-Marie and Marisa! We hope you're having a fun summer in Spain!
Muchas gracias for your questions!
Do you celebrate any US holiday(s)/tradition(s) in Japan? And what's your favorite?
Lulu: We celebrate Valentine's Day and Halloween and Christmas. Christmas is my favorite because the day before Christmas, we get really excited and then we wake up early and open lots of presents!
Roy: I like Christmas, too, because I can get presents! Last year I got a remote-control car and some other stuff!
[Adam's note: Valentine's Day is a pretty big deal in Japan...but only women give gifts to men. There's actually a second gift-giving day in March, known as White Day, where men then give gifts to women. (I bet the candy companies invented this tradition to double their profits!) Halloween isn't celebrated here to the extent that it is in the U.S., but it seems to be growing more popular each year. As for Christmas, for children in Japan, this isn't the same magical holiday that it is for kids in the U.S. and one key reason is that the tradition here is for parents to give their kids only one present. But because I wanted my own kids to feel at least some of the magic I felt as a child, I tend to go overboard and pile up the presents under our tree! The photo above shows sleepy Lulu and Roy on Christmas morning last year.]
And what's your favorite Japanese holiday/tradition?
Lulu: My favorite Japanese tradition is Children's Day because it's a day for kids, not grown-ups. Kids rule!
Roy: My favorite is New Year's because we can eat mochi [chewy rice cakes] and we get money.
[Adam's note: Children's Day is a holiday where there are a variety of activities for kids and admission is free at many places. On New Year's Day, children in Japan get little envelopes of cash from family members.]
Roy: What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Have you ever tried green tea ice cream? It's really good!
[Adam's note: Green tea ice cream--and green tea flavored food in general--is very popular in Japan!]
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9