Posts: 35 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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Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9