In 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.
At 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, 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:
Noni 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.
The 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.