Try the World
Try the World July/August Box – Japan Review
It was interesting for our family to see what the curators picked to present to those who may be less familiar with Japanese culture and popular/common foods, treats and dishes. We were very excited to see some of our family’s personal favorites in this box!
Inside the Box – Try the World July/August Japan Box
|As with all of their boxes, Try the World includes a postcard filled with facts about each food. These are great to share with eager little ones so that they better understand how these foods are eaten by those native to Japan.|
Homeschool Cultural Activity Suggestions
- There is info on tea ceremonies in the cultural guide. If you wanted you could perform one of your own based on the info provided with your homeschoolers! Formal tea ceremonies are very special events and the techniques used are precise and carefully studied by those who perform them.
- Rent or purchase the movie “Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki and have your little ones watch (while munching on their goodies) for the scene in which one of the candies included in this box are featured (hint: it’s very early on in the film). After, discuss different cultural things they noticed in the film compared to how things are done in the U.S. For example, shoes are not worn in homes in Japan (or in our household).
*Keep in mind Totoro does show family bathing (which was cultural) and the mother is in a special hospital in the mountains for people who are sick. She does get well in the end.
- Make the Okonomiyaki and compare how each of you likes yours prepared best! Discuss how this is similar to the fact that different cultures may like different foods, but it simply makes us the unique people we are in this world.
- Do an origami activity with your little ones! Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper and designs can range from very basic to super complicated. Our little guys enjoy it a lot! If you don’t have origami paper and don’t have access to a store that sells it (we’ve even seen it at Barnes and Nobles) you can cut regular paper into large squares. This is a great site that has some easy instructions for kids. This site has a variety of difficulties, with some that seem a bit less traditional, but still fun. There are also quite a few tutorials on youtube if you get really stuck!