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Scott Lisbin

Illustrated by Greg Bonnell


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Copyright Š 2010 by Scott Lisbin Cover and book design by Greg Bonnell All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review. Printed in the United States of America First Printing, 2010 ISBN 145362905X EAN-13 9781453629055


Hi! My name is Ernie. I love to travel and see new places and meet new friends.


I went on a trip to Japan,

which is far away from

where I live.


Japan is known as

the Land of the Rising Sun.


I met Sakura there and she became my very best friend in the whole wide world.


Her name means cherry blossom

which is the national flower of Japan.

She taught me to say good morning in Japanese which is

o-hi-yo.


In Japan they write using pictures called

kan-ji.


cat

flower

boy

earth

girl

Sakura had to learn over 3,000 kanji to read. I feel lucky that I only had to learn the 26 letters of the alphabet to read back home.


Sakura also took me to see a pagoda, a torii, and even a rock garden.

Pa g o d a

To rii


My favorite was the rock garden. It was very different from the gardens back home. It didn’t have any plants or flowers – just rocks!


In Japan they use two wooden sticks called

ha-shi or “chopsticks� to eat.

I had never used chopsticks to eat before.


With a little practice, eating with chopsticks was as easy for me as using a fork.


Sakura’s younger brother Itsuo has a pet beetle. It is an elephant beetle with two horns and a trunk and it is really big—almost 3 inches long!


It is much bigger than any insect I have ever seen.


Sakura showed me how to do

or-i-ga-mi.

She made a paper elephant just by folding a piece of paper in different ways.

She then showed me how to make a dinosaur, a flower, a dog, and even a jumping frog!


fish flag

paper lantern

noh mask

kokeshi doll

Sakura took me to the store to buy souvenirs for my family and friends back home. The sales clerk greeted me with a big bow and a warm

ir-ra-shai-mase

which means welcome. Everybody is very polite in Japan.


After a long day it was finally time to go to sleep. In Japan people sleep on the floor on a

fu-ton

rather than in beds. I enjoyed sleeping on a futon— it was like camping but a lot more comfortable.


As the new day began, it was finally time to head back home. Japan was lots of fun. I made a new friend, learned how to say some words in Japanese, and saw many new places.


But it is now time to say

sa-yo-na-ra or “goodbye� to Sakura and Japan.


I am looking forward to another adventure real soon. I would like to see the pyramids in Egypt, lions and tigers in Africa, and the Taj Mahal in India.

Where should I go next?


Ernie’s Phrases


It’s fun to speak to my friends in Japan. But all my friends don’t speak English so I learned some words in Japanese. Would you like to learn Japanese also? If so, practice saying the words on the next several pages and you will be able to speak Japanese too.


O-HI-YO Good Morning

KO-NEE-CHEE-WA Hello

O-TOKO-NO-KO

O-NA-NO-KO

Boy

Girl


NEH-KO Cat

E-NU Dog


NIN-GYO Doll

Ha-Na Flower

I-SU-Cream-U Ice Cream


BO-RU Ball

MU-SHE Bug


COUNTING

E-CHI One

Knee Two

SAN Three

She Four

GO Five


RO-KU Six

SHE-CHI Seven

HA-CHI Eight

QU Nine

JU Ten


Ernie’s Projects


I like to do arts and crafts. They are really fun to do either by myself or with a friend. Do you like arts and crafts also? If so, you will enjoy doing the projects shown on the next several pages.


JAPANESE FAN

Get 4 popsicle sticks.

Cut a rounded fan shape from a sheet of paper

Arrange them into a fan shape and glue them together at the bottom. Let the glue dry. Decorate it however you like.

Combine the two by gluing the paper onto the popsicle sticks.


Paper Lantern

Fold a piece of paper in half, to make a long, thin rectangle.

Make 12-15 cuts from the folded side in, but not all the way through.

don’t cut all the way through!

folded edge

Glue or staple a strip of paper to make a handle.

Unfold the paper and roll into a tube. Then glue or staple the ends together.


Carp Kite

Cut rounded scale shapes from different-colored paper.

Draw lines spaced about half the height of the scales apart. Glue the scales to the paper in overlapping rows along the lines.

Cut a strip of paper to make a line at the top of the scales, then cut paper circles to use for eyes. Or you can draw these with markers.


Tape or glue several lengths of crepe paper to the back.

Roll the kite into a tube and glue or staple it together.

Punch holes and attach a string to hang the kite or attach it to a pole


Cherry blossom tree

G

LU

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Cut some strips of brown paper and glue them onto a sheet of paper to make a simple tree shape. Or you can use paint or markers to make the tree.

Cut pink tissue paper into small squares and scrunch them onto the eraser end of a pencil. Put a dab of glue on the tree branch, turn the pencil over and put the blossom on the glue.


Learn to use chopsticks

1

2 Put one chopstick in the crook between your thumb and index finger.

3

Hold the second chopstick between the tip of your thumb and your index and middle fingers.

The top chopstick does the moving, the lower chopstick stays still. Move the top one toward the lower one to pick things up.

Keep practicing and you can do it!


Find some interesting looking rocks of different sizes and colors. If you have a rock collection you can use some of your favorites from it.

Get a small shallow box or a box lid.

P L AY S A N D

Rock Garden

Fill it about halfway with play sand, then smooth out the sand until it’s level.

Arrange the rocks in a pleasing way in the sand. Then use a fork (or tiny rake) to make beautiful patterns of lines around your rocks. Take your time and enjoy the process.


SAYONARA さようなら。


ABOUT THE AUTHOR ­

Scott Lisbin The author has traveled extensively throughout the world. He considers traveling to be an adventure and loves seeing new places, learning about a country’s culture and customs, and making new friends. He feels that experiencing different cultures opens one’s mind to new philosophies and ideas. True to this spirit of adventure he has tried many things from eating scorpion in China to grasshoppers in Japan to snails/escargot in France and more. He has walked atop the great wall in China, watched the sunrise on Mount Fuji in Japan, and played with wallabies, koalas, and kangaroos in Australia. He hopes his books help: 1. build an appreciation for different cultures, and 2. ignite a desire to travel in the children and parents who read his books.

ABOUT THE Illustrator

Greg Bonnell Greg has been making pictures of one sort or another for most of his life, but he still feels the thrill of discovery every time he starts a new project. He has travelled in the United States and Europe, and in the future would love to see more of the world, but for now he will travel by reading books and using his imagination. Greg currently lives in Ohio with his wife and three children.


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Ernie Journey to Japan