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こどものひ Children’s day

Richy and his grandpa will show you how Japanese people celebrate Children’s Day in Japan.

Level: Main text – Level 4; Captions – Level 8
Script: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji characters with Furigana 子 供 日 本 人 何 祝 男 女 元 気 今 来 入 出 食 言 乗 見 行 家 族 花 強 着 物 新 聞 (all applicable Kanji from the Senior Japanese Syllabus) and 刀 紙
Char: 628 in total (main text: 221 and captions: 407)
Pages: 20
Type: Information
Style: A5 saddle-stitched booklet
ISBN: 978-1-925808-07-0

© Mariko Earle 2022
This product is designed for individual use and ‘tadoku’ reading. For class use, please purchase the class set. We do appreciate your compliance with the copyright.

This book is designed for both intermediate and advanced leveled readersThe main text employs simple ますsentences, therefore is suitable for the intermediate level.  The readers can learn about what people do to celebrate Children’s Day.  The captions use more advanced level sentence patterns, allowing the readers to appreciate the reasons and beliefs behind certain cultural practices.



Sentence examples:

  • さむらいの 着物を 着ます。They wear samurai kimono.
  • さあ、子供の日を 祝いましょう。Well, let us celebrate Children’s Day.
  • さむらいのように 強くなるように。I want to be as strong as the samurai.

Main text: In alignment with the Australian curriculum (Years 7 to 8 band plan achievement standards)

  • Use verbs ましょう to plan and offer suggestions
  • Read and write using high-frequency kanji for verbs
  • Build cohesion in texts and elaborate on the meanings using grammatical elements, such as conjunctions, e.g., だから

Captions: In alignment with the Senior Japanese syllabus and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

  • Plain form verbs, including past tense and negative forms
  • ますstem V に行く: purpose (N5)
  • Nのように: describing (N4)
  • て: connect sentences (N5)
  • Vてくれる: favors/giving/receiving (N4)
  • Vたら: conditional if/when (N4)
  • Vても: even though (N4)
  • Plain V + というN: N that V (N3)
  • Plain Vように: to wish (N4)
  • こんなふうに: In this way/just like this (N2)

Cultural note from the author:

Every year, children in Japan look forward to the 5th of May, which is Children’s Day. This day signifies good health and wishes for a good future for the children. It was originally held for boys only. However, in 1948, this day was registered as a national holiday and became a special day for both boys and girls. Therefore, the traditional celebrative ways that are introduced in this book mostly comprise boy-related themes. While some of the traditional practices have been simplified for the modern era, many families still practice these traditional methods.

Additional information

Weight 70 g
Dimensions 149 × 211 × 2 mm

1 review for こどものひ Children’s day

  1. Charlie

    Easy to read, amazing illustrations and great content overall

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