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Japanese Traditions

Japanese Traditions

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Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities

Japanese Traditions is an intricately illustrated romp through the childhood reminiscences of author/illustrator Setsu Broderick. Told via a series of short text blocks and lighthearted illustrations based on cats and mischievous kittens , Japanese Traditions explains seasonal festivals and activities such as O-Bon (Festival of the Souls), O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and preparing for the New Year. The kittens are funny and display very real "kid/kitten" behavior and will delight the youngest reader. Great for cross generational learning.

While enjoying the charming illustrations of a family of Japanese cats, the author shares her warm childhood memories of many Japanese customs. There are also many traditional Japanese games, toys, foods and celebrations taught through the illustrations. All in all, Japanese Traditions provides a magical feast for children of all ages.


Setsu Broderick grew up in a small country village in Western Japan in the 1950s and attended art college in Japan. She has worked as a designer and illustrator in Los Angeles for over 20 years, and has previously illustrated six books, including Cat Blessings, Cats Rule!, Dog Blessings, Dogs Rule! and The Little Book of All Things Cat.

Willamarie Moore is the Head of School Programs and Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Additional Information:

  • 48 pages hardback
  • 9" length x 10.5" width
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