Circus Day in Japan is the warmly-illustrated story of an exciting day spent by two Japanese children, Joji-chan and Koko-chan, at a circus. Joji-chan and Koko-chan delight at the new sights of their first circus, and young readers are gently introduced to Japanese sites and customs. The simple text and artwork provide a nostalgic window into Japanese family life in the early 1950s. The new Japanese translation makes this classic book accessible to a new generation of both English- and Japanese-speaking readers.
Eleanor B. Coerr traveled to Japan as a newspaper reporter in 1949, where she lived on a farm for a year, learning the language. Inspired by her farm family and a visit to a local circus, Eleanor wrote and illustrated Circus Day in Japan. It was first published by Tuttle in 1953 and remained in print until 1968. Eleanor is best-known for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Yumi Matsunari is a professional translator and interpreter living in Fukui, Japan. She studied in Kyoto, Cambridge and London. Among her works are A Treasury of Japanese Folktales and Japanese Made Easy.
"This lesser-known title by the author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin, 1977) is introduced to a new audience in a beautiful, bilingual edition featuring a Japanese translation alongside the original English text. First published by Tuttle in 1953, the book recounts a delightful day in which two young siblings enjoy a circus. […] Full of happy nostalgia, this book is sure to spark an interest in Japanese culture and makes a lovely addition to any picture-book collection."—School Library Journal
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