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Archive for February, 2009

Simple Japanese Sentences Posted by on Feb 11, 2009

This is going to be a great post for beginners of Japanese.  Today I’m going to show you how to construct simple sentences.  Let’s start with a simple sentece such as, “I am Takeshi”.  To say “I” you would use the word “watashi” (わたし).  For the verb “am” you would use “des” (です).  In Japanese…

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Japanese Culture: Kuromori Kabuki (くろもりかぶき) Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

Around February 15th in the city of Kuromori (くろもり) in Yamagata (山形) prefecture, the local people of Kuromori (くろもり) perform a kabuki (かぶき) play.  The play is performed at the Hie jinja (日枝神社) or the Hie Shrine.  It’s performed to honor the god that resides on Mount Hie (日枝).  I always find these plays amusing…

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Japanese Culture: Barentaindee (バレンタインデー) Posted by on Feb 9, 2009

Barentaindee (バレンタインデー) is the way Japanese people pronounce ‘Valentine’s Day’.  It’s customary for Japanese people to give chocolates as a present on Valentine’s Day.  In fact, it’s not only customary, in some ways it’s obligatory.  Among co-workers, chocolates called giri choco (義理チョコ) are commonly distributed be female OLs (オーエル) to male co-workers.  At this point…

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Japanese Culture: Kenkoku Kinen no Hi (建国記念の日) Posted by on Feb 8, 2009

Kenkoku kinen no hi (建国記念の日) is a national holiday celebrated every year in February.  When translated into English, kenkoku kinen no hi (建国記念の日) means ‘National Foundation Day’.  Kenkoku kinen no hi (建国記念の日) is a day celebrating the creation of Japan as a nation under the emperor Jimmu (神武天皇).  It’s a day of patriotism for many…

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Japanese Thirst Quenchers Posted by on Feb 6, 2009

Sometimes when I throw a get together with friends and aquaintances, I have guests who arrive earlier than the others.  To kill the time and be hospitable as well, I often place a bowl full of senbei (せんべい) with some tea.  Senbei (せんべい) crackers can really make your throat dry, so it’s good to serve…

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