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List of 10 Things in Makoto’s Room

Makoto, the main character in my first children’s picture book, likes to keep things light and fun. Which is not unusual for a nine-year-old boy. He has a Japanese name, but he’s American. Today we get to find out about 10 things in Makoto’s room.

1. Bunk Bed

The biggest thing in Makoto’s room is his bunk bed. It comes in handy when friends or cousins sleep over. Makoto usually sleeps on the bottom bunk because it is cozy. But sometimes he likes to mix things up and sleep up top.

2. Karate Belts

Makoto has a few colorful belts folded in half and hanging at the foot of his top bunk. It started when he was a white belt and kept his belt there so he’d always know where it was when he went to karate. That was before he had a gear bag.

karate belts hang in Makoto's room

3. Art Supplies

One shelf of his small bookshelf is full of art supplies. That includes a few different sizes of sketch pads and sketch books, construction paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and a tin full of colored markers.

4. Legos®

Makoto has a large tub full of Legos® building blocks which he uses for hours, even days at a time. He likes making buildings and when he has a lot of free time, he’ll build a whole city.

5. Martial Arts Poster

The inspirational poster below is on his wall. If you have read “The Can-Do Karate Kid” you may know how Makoto learned this lesson.

Poster in Makoto's room shows a landscape scene quoting Morihei Ueshiba, "True victory is victory over oneself."
poster in Makoto’s room

6. Stuffed Dog

On his bed, Makoto has a soft stuffed animal that his parents gave him for his birthday. It’s a dog, his favorite animal.

7. School Backpack

In Makoto’s closet, his red backpack for school hangs on a special hook. Red is his favorite color.

8. Mesh Sports Bag

Next to his backpack, there’s another special hook for the bag which holds Makoto’s sports stuff. This large mesh bag has a basketball, a foursquare ball, and a few badminton rackets and birdies.

The Can-Do Karate Kid
our main character Makoto in karate uniform, in fighting stance

9. Karate Gear Bag

On the floor of his closet, under these hanging bags, sits Makoto’s karate gear bag. This duffle bag has two short handles. Inside it are his sparring gear and his dojo student handbook as well as a small notebook which has some kanji that Makoto wrote in it.

10. Laundry Basket

There’s a small laundry basket overflowing with clean clothes. It’s Makoto’s job to hang these up in his closet. Like us, he still battles regularly with the Laziness and Procrastination monsters which he defeated in “The Can-Do Karate Kid.”

Nobody’s perfect, but like Makoto we can continue to strive for victory over ourselves, even when we fall into being lazy or procrastinating. For more fun and getting to know Makoto, here’s what he said in an interview.

-Jenifer Tull-Gauger

Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kyoshi

Children's picture book author/illustrator. Traditional karate teacher and practitioner. Loves drawing and all kinds of art. Also into animals, plants and Mother Nature.

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  1. Ronnie

    Guess I have a lot to learn too. What is a foursquare ball? Procrastination and laziness are REALLY tough to fight sometimes!

    1. A foursquare ball is also called a playground ball. When I was a kid, we used them most for foursquare. Recently, kids told me that they still play that game at school. Here’s a link that should show you a picture of a foursquare/playground ball:

      Yes, we all have our moments when laziness and procrastination try to beat us. Reminds me of this Zig Ziglar quote, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”

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