We have been studying Japan this week and while we have only been at it three days we are really having fun! I know the kids are into it because I woke up this morning not feeling at all well, killer Braxton hicks and a serious headache, managed to do math and then needed a break, sometime around three this afternoon the kids where begging to learn more about Japan and why was I not on top of it already! Haha:P So I went for something fun and low-key, choosing to study the Japanese tea ceremony, I found a cool vid on YouTube that explained the ceremony and boy was it LONG! The kids had a hard time with the whole some people make mastering the tea ceremony a lifetime art sort of thing. I have stressed many times over the last couple of days the Japanese way of presentation expressing meaning in their actions and words and art. In all of this and my own study I have realized the hasty way most Americans go about things. Food while very much revered in the states does not seem to carry the same meaning and connection that it does in some Asian countries. Both the children and I are in awe at the very beautiful way not only tea but a meal is prepared and received.
I love to take time to make a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy it but even that doesn’t take very long in my busy world.
So much to learn. I just need to slow down!
I am very much interested in how much I have read and learned translates to modern Japanese life, from what I can tell there is still much of that tradition left in their culture. I sincerely hope so.
Long winded much?
Katie is now interested in learning Japanese and Alice is anxious to learn to calligraphy.
Everett and I have become avid fans of Sumo wrestling and Judo.
Felicity is almost too addicted to Origami.
We are making Carp kites on Friday and I have ordered Ramune a popular Japanese soda along with some other Japanese snacks.
Oh and along with our tea (herbal) today I made fake sushi rolls.
I am so not into real sushi or fish for that matter.
I really wish I could have found green fruit roll ups 😦
We are taking a break from culture and getting into the Samurai tomorrow.
We still have to cover tetonic plates and earthquakes and the recent disaster in Japan.
And critters, native plant life.
Can you tell how excited I am about this program? 😀