Life in Japan
Take a little pretend trip to Japan, making the first stop the capital city of Tokyo. The beautiful white and red flag is flying proudly. The word Japan and the red circle on the country's flag means "land of the rising sun."
You can compare the land area of Japan to the size of California although they have about five times as many people as the state. This island country is very hilly and mountainous, not leaving much land for farming. Most foods are imported, but fishing is quite popular in the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese families love to eat fish, especially raw fish called sushi. Rice is served with all meals, and the Japanese people use chopsticks to pick up their food, just like the Chinese people. Children eat many vegetables and bean curd and drink green tea.
The traditional garment, a robe, worn by Japanese boys and girls is called a kimono. The robe has long, flowing sleeves; ties at the waist;, and is made of beautiful colorful fabrics.
Japanese children love to play sports such as volleyball, golf, swimming, and tennis just like Americans do; however, the most popular sports are baseball and wrestling (Sumo). All children practice the traditional art of self-defense, Karate and Judo.
Winding down the day at home, the Japanese people take off their shoes at the front door. In the bedroom, children sleep on thick, quilt-like mattresses on the floor. As they end the day, the Japanese people will say Sayonara which means good-bye and sleep well.