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This is how I found the books for a China unit study - I searched for "China" and then adv. search for "children's books" (my chidlren are younger. For reviews - I spied out Amazon to see what people were saying about it and looking at the summaries.
I hope that is helpful....
Apologies, the cat bumped something and I don't know why it gave triple replies--ugh! I don't know how to delete these, but I can edit them to direct you downword to the completed and proper one!
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We did a semester on Japanese history when we lived just outside Tokyo. Of course you don't have the advantage of all the local field trips we were able to take, but if you search for japanese castles you can find some virtual field trips that might be of interest. :) I know at least one castle we visited had one. My son speaks japanese and reads/writes both hiragana and katakana (just started working on the kanji). PM me if your daughter might like a pen pal to write in romanji (he is also 16, and uses Rosetta Stone among other things). Here are a couple of book recommendations:
Pictorial Encyclopedia of... Japanese Culture and/or Japanese Life and Events by Gakken. Loaded with information and a gazillion photos, and will give a nice visual overview of (mostly ancient) japanese culture and history. I found my copies on E-bay. You can't have them. ;)
Love from the Depths, the Story of Tomihiro Hoshino--true story, similar in many ways to Joni Eareckson (yes Tomi is a Christian), gives a dramatic view of japanese parent/child relationships and the way japanese hospitals run still today
Japan from Shogun to Sony (1543-1984), TERRIFIC textbook I also found on Ebay. :)
Feudalism in Japan by Peter Duus. This is college-level and may be a little tough to dredge through for her (we did not use it for my son, but he was younger at the time). It is a fairly short book, though, and very educational. This book may be especially helpful if you have studied feudalism in Europe already, as a comparison.
Tokyo Friends by Betty Reynolds. This is a children's book, but it is tri-language (english and 2 forms of japanese, both romanji and script) so will boost her language/vocabulary as well as being an easy and fun read. :) It is a delightful comparison of an american family in japan and their japanese local friends, and how they do things differently. Discusses everyday things like food, restaurants, bathrooms, bedrooms, school, and holidays. It's one of our family's favorites after living there four years! :)
The Samurai's Tale and/or the sequel, The Boy and the Samurai, by Erik Christian Haugaard. Good fictional tales of life in the samurai age from the viewpoint of a child.
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