Japan

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(Photo credit: Neerav Bhatt)

For Kids:

  • According to National Geographic Kids - Japanese cuisine consists of lots of rice, fish and vegetables. With little fat and lots of vitamins and minerals, their food is very healthy. It’s believed their nutritious diet is what makes the Japanese, on average, one of the longest living populations in the world!
  • If you and your children are fans of Studio Ghibli children’s films, The Red Turtle available on Beamafilm tells the enchanting story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.
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  • Manga For Dummies available on Overdrive or the Libby app. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favourite Manga characters from rough sketch through final full-colour renderings.  You’ll build your skills as you draw animals, mythical creatures, superheroes, teenagers, and villains—along with their weapons, cars, and homes

For the Adults:

  • Learning a new language isn’t easy but with intelligent algorithms and native-speaker audio, Mango Languages can help you to start a conversation in Japanese with confidence. You can access Mango Languages using your Burwood Library membership number 
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  • Who hasn’t heard of Marie Kondo and her controversial advice about tidying a home and only keeping possessions that spark joy. Several of her books including The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy are available as Audiobooks or eBooks on Borrowbox 
  • If you love to eat out at Japanese restaurants you may have tried Sake but not know much about it. Sake, often called "Japanese rice wine," is a drink that has a long, deep history rooted in Japanese culture. The documentary Kampai For the Love of Sake available on Beamafilm will help you understand it’s history 
  • Expand your culinary skills with The essential guide to Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai. Available as an eBook on Overdrive or the Libby app, you’ll learn over 100 recipes for seasoned cooks and beginners who are craving authentic Japanese flavours 
  • Studio Ghibli, the brainchild of directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, has captivated audiences the world over with its dreamlike, fantastical animations such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Grave of The Fireflies. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary available on Beamafilm which looks at how they managed such an amazing run, and what could be next for the beloved studio 

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  • If you hope to travel to Japan once travel restrictions are lifted, let Lonely Planet Japan be your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. It is available as an eBook on Overdrive or the Libby app.
  • 100 Japanese Gardens available as an eBook on Hoopla Digital is an ambitious attempt to profile the finest gardens in Japan. Author Stephen Mansfield travelled the length and breadth of Japan on a quest to identify the most impressive gardens in this vast and culturally varied archipelago
  • The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories available as an eBook on IndyReads is a fantastically varied and exciting collection that celebrates the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable works being written today. Short story writers already well-known to English-language readers are all included here - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new finds