Girls' Day / Boys' Day

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Bess Press, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Beautiful photographs capture the essence of two of Hawaii's favorite holidays. Brief text describes the origin, significance, and customs of Girls' Day (March 3)and Boys' Day (May 5), highlighting the similarities and differences between community, school, and family celebrations in Japan and in Hawaii. The binding produces two books in one, with two front covers. Girls' Day features dolls, kimonos, and hishi-mochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes). Boys' Day features carp, kits, samurai, iris, kashiwa-mochi (rice cakes), and chimaki (rice dumplings). Both books include many photos of girls and boys enjoying their special days.

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About the author (2007)

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 preservation and in children's potential to bridge boundaries.

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