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 5; 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)
Type: Information report
Style: A5 saddle-stitched booklet
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- 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.
|Dimensions||149 × 211 × 2.5 mm|