Archive | April, 2012

Hiragana Chart Giveaway

30 Apr

みなさま、おひさしぶり〜!We are back from a FABULOUS trip to Japan and (sadly) back to normal life. It was a whirlwind trip– we hit up Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, Hakone, and Yokohama in 2 weeks (I know, we are crazy). We saw lots of friends and family, ate tons of mouth-watering Japanese food, saw gorgeous sakura everywhere, and had the time of our lives. What I want to say to all of you out there is, “Don’t be afraid to go to Japan with young children. It is a blast, and worth the extra effort to take them there!” My daughter is already begging to go back. I’ll be sharing what we did with our children in Japan over the next few weeks.

I also want to thank my loyal readers out there who frequent my blog. Your insightful, kind comments always make my day. I know a lot of you out there are just like  me, trying really hard to teach your children Japanese. SO, I have a little giveaway this week. I am giving away a waterproof Hiragana Chart to one lucky reader. I will ship to anywhere in the world except for Japan (because if you live in Japan… you are already a lucky duck). All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment and answer one of the following questions:

1) Why are you passionate about learning Japanese/ teaching your children Japanese?

2) What is your favorite/ most useful post on Hiragana Mama?

The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Saturday, May 5th, which just happens to be Children’s Day! I will contact the winner to see where I can send the prize. Sorry it is such a little giveaway (I don’t make any $ on this blog)! But these charts are hard to come by in the States. My kids love practicing their hiragana while taking a bath with their chart. Here are some pictures I took of the Hiragana Chart I’ll be giving away:




I didn’t take the chart out of the package to take the photos. But we have a similar bath chart, so here you can see what it kind of looks like:

At 60 x 42.5cm, it is a pretty large chart. It just sticks to the wall of your bath with water. Good luck, and check back for posts about our trip to Japan 🙂 Thanks for reading, and please share with your friends!



23 Apr

Teaches kids why they should eat carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and spinach 😉

Another video about why mommy is the best! 🙂

We are back from Japan, trying to get over jet lag and return to normal life!

Japanese Fingerplays

21 Apr

My kids love these songs 🙂

はじめまして!Nice to Meet You! Video

19 Apr

An Okaasan to Issho video about meeting a friend for the first time.

*In case you are new to my blog… our family is enjoying a vacation in Japan, and will be back to posting original content when we get back! In the meanwhile, enjoy these YouTube finds 🙂

Sakura Sakura

16 Apr

Some adorable Japanese children dancing to “Sakura Sakura”:

Qoo Videos

12 Apr

* In case you are new to my blog… I am posting videos while we are on vacation Japan. When we come back, I will post more original content. In the meanwhile, enjoy these cute YouTube finds with your kids!

Older Qoo Videos

9 Apr

“Qoo” is a yummy Japanese drink. The company has made some cute videos:

More Shimajiro Videos

6 Apr

た:たんぽぽ Dandelions

3 Apr

In America, dandelions are considered pesky weeds, but in Japan, they are seen as cute flowers. Here are some short Shimajiro videos about たんぽぽ。

Pitagora Switch

1 Apr

ピタゴラスイッチ is  one of my favorite Japanese kids’ shows!

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