Kiyoshi’s love for making paper lanterns becomes a problem when it distracts him from learning the more practical farming skills taught to him by his father. Fascinated by dragonflies that hum in their rice paddy, Kiyoshi crafts a lantern that changes his destiny.
Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother’s breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma’s heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.
This is the first book in a new epic trilogy that has already become a bestselling sensation in England and Australia, earning comparisons to The Lord of the Rings. It begins with the legend of a nightingale floor in a black-walled fortress-a floor that sings in alarm at the step of an assassin. It will take true courage and all the skills of an ancient Tribe for one orphaned youth named Takeo to discover the magical destiny that awaits him…across the nightingale floor.
See the review at WOW Review, Volume 3, Issue 1
This book introduces the people and the way they live, culture, weather, landscapes, towns and cities of Japan.
Lin can’t explain the knowledge she has of the future, of what people will say or what will happen. It’s a gift she shares with Obaasan, her grandmother, who has recently come from Japan to live with Lin’s family. But seeing the future is more than knowing whether or not a boy will call. What is Lin to make of the visions she has of a day long ago, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima? Acclaimed author Kelly Easton’s poignant coming-of-age novel about a girl with psychic abilities is rich in imagery and memorable characters.
August 6, 1945, 8:15 a.m. Hiroshima. JapanA little girl and her parents are eating breakfast,and then it happened.HIROSHIMA NO PIKA.This book is dedicated to the fervent hope the Flash will never happen again,anywhere.
Despite criticism for his lack of “accomplishments,” Takiboki finds contentment sweeping flower blossoms and raking the sand and gravel in the monks’ temple garden. Includes a note on the art and beauty of Japanese gardens.
Takeo accepts his heritage as a member of the superhuman cabal of assassins known as “The Tribe.” But his heart yearns for Kaede, his love, and wishes to fulfill the final wishes of his adopted father, Otori Shigaru. Kaede returns to her homeland to find her father’s estate in ruin and her inheritance in jeopardy.
Lord Otori, Takeo, and Takeo’s new teacher Kenji meet Kaede who was chosen as the future Lady Otori by a group of political partners. Takeo is still trying to come to terms with knowing that he is one of the Tribe—a group of mysterious, ninja-like assassins. When Takeo and Kaede first meet, they get attracted to each other.