The package arrived in two days! I can't believe how fast it go to us here to our southern/midwest US state!
Wow! We were so excited by the contents! There are coins (including one with in a hole it which is said to be lucky), traditional toys, training chopsticks for toddlers and regular chopsticks, food and candy, tea, stickers, a "maneki neko" or "lucky cat" which brings a household wealth and luck !), a neat traditional craft (Teru Teru Boza) with instructions that is to be done during rainy times to make the rain stop, a little flag, origami cranes, origami book and tons of papers, postcards, cute erasers, adorable mini cupcake holders, photos of Laura and her family, info on their culture, interesting facts about Japan (did you know there are four types of characters in the writing system to learn?!), and their family's story.
Trying out the training chopsticks. It will be a lot of good work for him to learn to use these, likely for eating as well as activities!
Here he is with some of the traditional toys. In his hand is a dendama and on the floor in front is a spinning top called a koma.
The adorable erasers were a hit!
Tyler's favorite item is the maneki neko, or "lucky cat". I've seen these before somewhere but never knew that they bring luck and wealth with their raised paw until I read her note. How neat!
There were some beautiful post cards included
He saw me using the chopsticks (I was actually able to pick things up!) and wanted to try.
Seaweed and rice crackers. I tried one, but all he did was sniff it over and over. I hope he will give it a shot eventually!
It doesn't matter what language the packaging is in, little kids know candy when they see it! This was a grape taffy-like candy. We split a piece and it was so flavorful and good! Tyler wasn't in the mood to try new things but I guarantee he will eat some later.
These little cupcake holders with different animal pictures in them are so cute and durable! He really enjoyed these.
This is a Japanese flag sticker, though when he first saw it he assumed it stood for the quantity "one" like his math cards.
Someday, when we're able, we will certainly be sending a box in return! I'm quite excited to do so, really! What a wonderful idea. Thank you again to our new friends Lulu, Shun, Noah and Shion in Japan!