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November 7, 2017

Have you wanted to write a story but didn’t know how? Here’s a simple way to get started.

1.           CHARACTER - Give your character a name.

2.           DESIRE - Invent what your character wants DESPERATELY. It needs to be...

March 27, 2017

In my latest book, GUTLESS, Kenji has survivor’s guilt. What is it?

When someone goes through a traumatic event where others die but he lives, he feels he had done something wrong. This guilt has recently been classified as part of post traumatic stress disorder. When d...

December 9, 2016

The next best thing to writing books for kids is visiting them! Last week, I talked to hundreds of kids in Hawaii at their schools. What awesome discussions I had with them. Kids are smart, and they taught me a lot.

Most of them had read both of my books, AYUMI’S VIOLIN...

September 24, 2016

Propaganda is the spreading of ideas or rumors in order to make a group of people believe something that may not be true.

In my book, ACCIDENTAL SAMURAI SPY, Aritomo, heir to a samurai lord disguised as an orphaned commoner, must live in his archenemy’s Kuroda Castle. W...

February 20, 2016

I had a blazzing fun time with sixth graders at Escalante Middle School in Durango, Colorado. Everyone folded an origami samurai helmet and learned to say Sugoi, which means Awesome in Japanese. The more something is awesome, the more you accent the G in Sugoi. They wo...

January 8, 2016

Japan always celebrates the new year on the first day of January. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and the date can differ every year. Yes, there are more similarities between Japan and China than, say, Japan and France, but they are different countr...

September 28, 2015

How would you feel if you had to move to a foreign country where people spoke a language you didn’t know, acted strangely, and ate strange food? Scary? Yes! I immigrated (Immigration is when a person moves from one country to another) from Japan to the United States wh...

May 10, 2015

 

 

 

 

Did you know that tsunamis, series of ocean waves usually caused by an earthquake, can travel as fast as a jet plane? On March 11, 2011, the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world shook the earth 43 miles east of the northeast coast of Japan’s main island. Th...