Posts: 21 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!]
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Raquel: I love it, Mayken! What a sweet lady. I would have listened in and not asked, hehe. Did you use it to show your daughter how useful the ml can be?
Dec 21, 2017 20:35:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, my daughter loved it - both the coincidence, and that this lady was learning our language!
Dec 24, 2017 22:25:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Happy New Year to you all! Let's make 2018 a really good year!
Dec 31, 2017 7:04:50 GMT 9
Joanna: Packing to go home from Canada...luggage scale reading 23 kg of minority language books!
Dec 31, 2017 23:48:06 GMT 9
Amy: Happy new year to all! . May 2018 bring you every success in your bilingual endeavours!
Jan 1, 2018 23:08:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy new year to everyone! I shared a little New Year's Eve story in the Snack Bar.
Jan 5, 2018 5:08:21 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo wrote her Christmas letter in the ml and sent it to Santa's address in our ml country. This week she received his reply - and was somewhat offended that he replied in the ML
Jan 5, 2018 21:47:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's very cute, Mayken!
Jan 6, 2018 7:57:09 GMT 9
Amy: Oh no Mayken!! I'd also feel very gutted in her shoes! Hope he made up for it by spoiling her on Xmas!
Jan 7, 2018 1:12:53 GMT 9
Mayken: He totally did, Amy! Especially her most important wish - the second illustrated Harry Potter (in ml, of course).
Jan 9, 2018 0:06:05 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy 2018!! How come Santa replied in the wrong language? That's weird.
Jan 9, 2018 19:26:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, he gets letters from all over the world at that German address, and I guess the reply is in the language that matches the country fo the child's return address. Next time she'll use my mom's address (if she still wants to write to Santa then).
Jan 10, 2018 0:38:19 GMT 9
Raquel: Mayken, I just was surprised that, reading a letter in a certain language, they would reply in a different one. But if it's an standarized letter, then it makes total sense.
Jan 10, 2018 21:42:23 GMT 9
Mayken: It is. Our local ML Santa, to whom my daughter wrote the year before (in ml) replied in ML too but started the letter with her name. But then he's serving a town of 37,000 people only.
Jan 10, 2018 23:18:32 GMT 9
Raquel: Makes sense, Mayken. Thanks for explaining.
Jan 11, 2018 22:31:51 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter called me out twice this week for using the wrong language with her. The second time it was only one work (number of a métro line).
Jan 12, 2018 0:16:39 GMT 9