This book exhibits a collection of beautiful decorations seen in Japan during the national Girl’s day festival on the 3rd of March. Which one do you like the best?
Reading: level 2
Script type: Hiragana characters
Number of characters: 191
Text type: factual description
Price: A8.00 weight: approx. 65g
これは しろい うさぎ です。 This is a white rabbit.
そして、これは しろい とりです。 And this is a white bird.
この ねずみは はいいろ です。 This mouse is grey.
でも、この ねずみは あか ですね。But, this mouse is red.
Cultural notes from the author:
In Japan, the 3rd of March is a very special day for girls. Families prepare a set of hina dolls in their house to wish for good health and happiness. The hina dolls traditionally have up to seven levels, with an emperor and empress always on the top, above other minor dignitaries such as attendants, ministers and musicians dressed in traditional garments.
The origin of the hanging decorations for the Girl’s day festival began during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Grandmothers and mothers of poor families made small hanging decorations for their girls, such as the ones shown in the book. These ‘hanging decorations’ come in a variety of styles and designs.