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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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Japanese Food: Regional Munchies Posted by on Feb 5, 2009

Time for our Kyoodo Ryoori (郷土料理) series!  For those of you who don’t know, kyoodo ryoori (郷土料理) means ‘regional specialites.’  Today we’re going to take a trip to Kamakura, Kanagawa (鎌倉, 神奈).  Kamakura (鎌倉) is a city steeped in history.  Before Tookyoo (東京) became the capital city of Japan, Kamakura (鎌倉) was the foremost prosperous city…

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Japanese Culture: Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (さっぽろ雪まつり) Posted by on Feb 4, 2009

Every year in February millions of people all over Japan head to Sapporo (札幌) for the annual Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (さっぽろ雪まつり).  The Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (さっぽろ雪まつり) can be worded as the ‘Sapporo Snow Festival.’  Just where is Sapporo (札幌)?  It’s located in the Hokkaidoo (北海道) prefecture and the one of the biggest cities in Japan. …

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