We have been studying Japan. We stumbled upon this true account of the first person to ever come to the United States from Japan. The book is a fascinating tale of two vastly different cultures and one boy’s encounter with both. If you are studying Japan I would definitely put it on your list. We tied a cherry blossom art project into our studies. The bottom of a small coke bottle makes beautiful cherry blossoms. Did I mention it was also a lesson in creative recycling?