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Fifth graders learn about Japan!

 This year, in Mrs. Kinsey’s 5th grade class, we learned about New Year’s in Japan. It is called Shogatsu and is considered the most important holiday of the year. For New Year’s, Japanese people eat noodles called soba that are a symbol of longevity, or long life. Another symbol you might have seen around Japanese restaurants is the “beckoning cat”. It is called Maneki Neko and is a symbol for good luck. The cats come in different colors which symbolize different things, such as love and wealth. We each got to paint a cat and choose which color we wanted.

We learned that between January 1st and 3rd, kids are given “Otoshidama”. This is a tradition where adults give money to children and place it into decorative envelopes. We made the envelopes out of red paper, and we painted Japanese symbols on them . We received a Japanese coin to place in our envelope.

After all the fun and crafts, Mrs. Kinsey gave us a challenge to eat a cracker with seaweed wrapped around it. Mostly everybody tried but only a few people ate it. Japan was a lot of fun to learn about, and I’m excited that it is our class country!


Written by: Ainsley, Brooke and Lilly
Posted: Mar 17, 2014 by Rachel Clarke

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