Bonsai

words-bonsaiBonsai Trees are little trees. The art of growing Bonsai trees is very popular in Japan.

Chinese junk boat

junk-boatToday there is a famous fleet of junks in the harbor of Hong Kong, China. Many families live in them. Tourists love to ride in a “Chinese Junk” when they visit Hong Kong.

 

Chopsticks

words-chopsticksChopsticks are used to eat food in different parts of Asia like Japan, Korea and China. More people in the world eat with chopsticks than a knife and fork.

Clam Monster

clam-monsterIn Chinese Mythology, the Clam Monster, or shen, can shift his shape and create mirages. So the clam monster can make other animals think they are seeing something that doesn’t exist. In modern stories, the clam monster will blow bubbles from his shell that appear to turn into cities or fairylands. The Clam Monster is often associated with dragons. In the Fujimini Adventure Series, a Clam Monster is searching for the Dynasty Dragon.

Dim Sum

words-dimsumDim sum means “touch the heart” in Cantonese and is an important snack in China. In Chinese restaurants around the world, steam carts carry delicious plates of dumplings, buns and rolls.

Dragon

dragonIn China, the dragon is sacred. In legends, Emperors came from dragons. In stories, the dragon sleeps in winter then changes into a cloud in spring and brings rain.

Firecrackers

words-firecrackersFirecrackers have been used in celebrations for over 1000 years and come from China. Armies used them in battles a long time ago.

Irasshimase

irasshimaseAt most places of business in Japan, workers greet customers by saying, “Irasshaimase!” (ee-rah-shy-ma-seh), which means, “Welcome. Come in!” Most of the time, the customer will just nod and smile back. In Japan, manners are important, and it is considered polite to greet every customer. A child will say “Irasshai!” when someone comes to their home.

Konnichiwa

konnichiwaKonnichiwa, pronunced koh-nee-chee-wah, is a basic way to say hello in Japanese. Traditionally, it is used more in the afternoon. It was once part of a sentence to greet others, meaning “today is,” but now it is a respectful, generic way to say hello. If you want to really impress a Japanese friend or when you go to a sushi restaurant, you can try three basic greetings:

  • Good morning: Ohayou, which is pronounced like the state Ohio
  • Good afternoon: Konnichiwa, which is pronounced koh-nee-chee-wah
  • Good evening: Konbanwa, which is pronunced kon-ban-wah

Lanterns

lanternsIn China, lanterns mean joyfulness and are used in celebrations. Lanterns are often hanging near a house or party.

Long Noodles

long-noodlesNoodles are Asia’s “spaghetti” and eaten a lot. “Long noodles for long life” is a good luck saying!

Momotaro the Peach Boy

words-momotaroMomotaro was a special Japanese boy who came floating down the river in a peach. He became a hero by defeating many ogres and saved the village.

Moon Cakes

words-mooncakesThe moon cake is a sweet pastry and a symbol of family reunion. It is shaped like a circle so it has no beginning and no end, just like a family.

Moon Festival

words-moonfestivalIn China, families celebrate fall harvests. They eat delicious moon cakes and stare up at the moon thinking of family members they miss.

Mount Fuji

mount-fujiOn a clear day, you can see this beautiful cone shaped mountain from Tokyo. It is named after the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi and is sacred to the Shinto goddess Sengam-sama.

 

Noni Bush

Noni BushNoni fruit is a funny-looking green fruit that has lumpy bumps all over it. It has a strong smell and tastes bitter. Many people believe the fruit has uses as a medicine. Many believe that the bark and fruit bring down inflammation. Some eat the fruit, use the bark for wounds, and grind it up to make special teas. This is one of the fastest growing medicines in Asia for people interested in health and wellness.

 

Peaches

words-peachesPeaches are delicious juicy fruits. In Asia, they are often white in color and given on special birthdays to wish a long life.

Pears

pearsIn China, the pear is a symbol of immortality. Pear trees can live 20-30 years on average but have been known to live over 100 years! So the pear tree,  came to symbolize long life and good fortune.

Rabbit

rabbitThe rabbit is a sign in the Chinese/Asian zodiac. Someone born in the Year of the Rabbit will tend to be easygoing and a good friend. Rabbits are calm when they have a plan, but can worry if they don’t have a plan. Rabbits are good at reading a situation. They do not give away their affection easily. Rabbits often prefer to spend time with their friends. They typically don’t enjoy working long hours or sacrificing. This is the basis for Silver Bunny’s character.

Rice

riceHalf of the people in the world eat rice every day. Many people in the world would be very hungry without this important food in their diet.

Samurai Warriors

samuraiSamurai were skilled Japanese warriors who were famous for their loyalty, courage and sword fighting. People admired them for their honor.

Sushi

words-dimsumSushi is delicious and nutritious – it has rice, seaweed and usually fish. The Japanese are famous for making the best sushi.

Taekwondo

taekwondoTaekwondo is a very important Korean martial art. It means to strike with hands and feet. The sport is very popular around the world.

Tea

words-teaPeople drink tea more than any other drink in the world (except water). In Asia, drinking tea is very popular and they also have important ceremonies with tea.

Tortoise

tortoiseTortoises are strong and sturdy animals. They are a symbol of wisdom and long life in Asia.

Turtle Boats

turtle-boatA Turtle Boat is made of thick wood with a flat bottom and small slits that the sailors could fire through. A massive dragon’s head is at the front to ram other boats and spew smoke to distract the enemy.