Should You Bring The Kitchen Sink?


Moving with kids is always hard. Moving halfway around the world to a place that doesn’t speak your language and has a completely different culture can be especially daunting. Preparation is key, and talking to your kids about what to expect in their new adventure is a great idea. Who can help Kelly out?

Hello all, thanks for all of the terrific information – we PCS this coming July and this site has been GREAT! 1 question I had come up with was about children’s books about Okinawa… we have a 4 (almost 5) year old who loves to read and we would love to give her some more insight about Okinawa. I checked some things out on Amazon, but little about Okinawa in particular (mostly dealing with mainland Japan). Any thoughts or ideas on this? Thanks for your input!


  1. Kelly, I received a book of old Japanese tales translated in English. It’s not about Okinawa, but I think that this is a great book to bring home as a souvenir. I received it as a gift. It comes with a CD. The person who gave me the book purchased it at Tuttle book store at Plaza House Shopping Center. You may find the directions on the following page.

  2. Hi Kelly-
    I have a book that’s really neat (not about Okinawa, but Japanese celebrations) that is very cool. Go to Tuttle publishing:
    and the title is : Japanese Celebrations written by Betty Reynolds. It has beautiful illustrations as well as a month by month explanation of all the celebrations, gifts, and decorations that are associated with each event. A must have!

  3. Here’s some childrens books about Okinawa. Its a series called “Miki Mongoose”:

    I don’t know why they don’t show up in searches for “Okinawa”, but its a series of books about Okinawa. Some of the books are listed for $125.00, don’t spend your money. You can pick them up here at the local AAFES for WAY cheaper.

    Another good read is “The Girl with the White Flag”

    Its about the battle of Okinawa from a childs perspective. Its a little higher level of reading, but I’ve been told school kids read it.

  4. I have a few folktales of Okinawa books that I purchased at Aafes when we got here because I think folktales are a great way to get to know a culture. I don’t know if all the stories would be appropriate for little kids but older ones might like them.


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