by Gloria Kiester
These songs are favorites of Japanese children. They are songs children sang when the author visited schools from Sapporo to Tokyo to Kyoto to Nagasaki. The purpose of this book is to share these wonderful songs and to enable teachers, parents and caregivers help children bridge the cultures. Great care has been given to ensure the authenticity of the songs. The melodies are unchanged from the original melodies. The English texts were developed on site to ensure that the translations mean the same as the original texts. Supplementary notes describe their cultural settings.