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Archive for April, 2009

Shoowa no Hi Posted by on Apr 29, 2009

Today is Shoowa no Hi (昭和の日) or Shoowa Day. The now deceased emperor was officially called Shoowa Tennoo (昭和天皇) or Emperor Shoowa. You may have known him as Emperor Hirohito (裕仁). Although the day is named after the Emperor, it’s more of a day to remember the people who died in the war. Emperor Shoowa…

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Stroke Order Posted by on Apr 26, 2009

By request, I’ll give you four basic rules on how to write kanji (かんじ) letters. Keep in mind that stroke order differs with each calligraphy school. One school my cultivate a certain style while another may reject that style. Really, what matters is how the letters look. I’ve seen people go against the basic rules and…

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(郷土料理) Posted by on Apr 22, 2009

It’s time for the monthly dose of Kyoodo Ryoori (郷土料理). If you don’t know what that is, look back at some old posts and it’ll be clear as day and night. Today we’re going to take a walk on the wild side to Nagano (長野市). Nagano (長野市) is located in central Japan. It’s the city…

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Hanami (はなみ) Posted by on Apr 19, 2009

Hanami (花見) means “flower viewing” in Japanese.  The springtime is the prime season for viewing flowers, especially sakura (さくら) flowers.  Sakura (さくら) is a cherry blossom.  They are pinkish and grow on trees.  Every year, people all over Japan set out some time in their busy schedules to have an outdoor party amongst the sakura…

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Titles Posted by on Apr 16, 2009

I’m gonna go over some common titles that you might of heard people use when they refer to other people.  In addition to titles, I also describe them as suffixes that you attach to names.  These suffixes can do two things: 1) they identify the relationship you have with the speaker (intimate or formal) or…

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The Big Numbers Posted by on Apr 13, 2009

We’re gonna learn how to count the big numbers: 1,000 : せん 2,000 : にせん 3,000 : さんぜん 4,000 : よんせん 5,000 : ごせん 6,000 : ろくせん 7,000 : ななせん 8,000 : はっせん 9,000 : きゅうせん 10,000 : いちまん 20,000 : にまん 30,000 : さんまん 40,000 : よんまん 50,000 : ごまん 60,000 : ろくまん 70,000…

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Japanese Age Posted by on Apr 10, 2009

In English, you state the number of years that you are, and attach the phrase “years old” or “year old” to the number to state your age.  In Japanese, it works much like the same way, expect that there are some pronunciation changes that some of the numbers go through.  The suffix sai (さい) means…

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