Our city library isn’t glossy and fancy.  It’s definitely not beautiful.  But I love it. The librarians there are the best.

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Every year on December first, they set out a display of Christmas books.  (No Hannukah books, unfortunately.)  They pull the Christmas books from what must be an extremely large store room of books.  I imagine a portal that the librarians cross through, and enter a room of books far larger than the library building itself.  That’s the only possible way.

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I searched for books in English.  This one is bilingual.

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It’s about a poor kitty who doesn’t have a home on Christmas.

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This book is bilingual, too.

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I adore the illustrations in this book.   Magnificent.

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Okay, moving on to another part of the library.  As we all know, the illustrator/writer Shigeru Mizuki passed away on November 30th.  So the librarians clipped this article about him.  (They always do this when an important writer or illustrator dies.)

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The news article is next to some of Mizuki’s books.  I pulled out one of them so you can see his style.

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Moving on to another part of the library.  The Japanese New Year is January first, and it is the year of the monkey.  Therefore, they have a little display of books relating to both monkeys and the New Year’s Day.

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The books. You can see a monkey book to the left.  The bottom book is a picture book about Japanese traditional New Year’s food.  The top book is about soba.  Why soba?  Soba is eaten on December 31st for longevity.  We eat it every year.


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By the way, I snapped this photo at the nearby children’s library.  I wanted to show the difference.  I love the main city public library, but it’s a little grungy, whereas this city children’s library is sparkling new and modern.  It’s a pleasure to visit.  However, it doesn’t have as many English books, so I actually prefer the main library.