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Royal Wedding Attire Posted by on Jun 29, 2010

Seventeen years ago in June, Prince Naruhito (皇太子徳仁親王) married a commoner named Masako Owada (小和田 雅子) : After the ceremony, the Prince changed into a black suit and the newly crowned Princess changed into a white wedding dress. The actual wedding ceremony was held in the traditional Japanese style for royals. In the heat of…

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Japanese Gardens Posted by on Jun 26, 2010

In some parts of the world, the weather is getting warmer and more people are venturing out to see the different varieties of Japanese gardens on display.   A Karesansui  (枯山水) is a type of garden where the natural landscape is used in a harmonious manner to create a picturesque scene. Gardens of this variety…

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のが + … Posted by on Jun 23, 2010

You can indicate whether someone is good at something by using のが上手です. 比嘉さんは日本語を話すのが上手です = Mr. Higa is good at speaking Japanese (ひが/比嘉 = Higa. さん = Mr. は = subject particle. にほん/日本 = Japan. ご/語 = language. を = direct object marker. はなす/話す =  speak. のがじょうずです/のが上手です = is good at [doing]) You can also indicate…

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Fathers in Japan Posted by on Jun 20, 2010

Japan is one of the many countries that will celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day is a day when children show their appreciation for their dads, but for some fathers in Japan, this won’t be possible. This year, child custody laws in Japan grabbed the attention of the international media…

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Origami Posted by on Jun 17, 2010

Origami (おりがみ) is a traditional Japanese art form of paper folding. Basically, origami is a flat piece of paper formed into a work of art without any glue or scissors. The most iconic origami design is the paper crane. The paper crane has become internationally known through the struggles of a young girl named Sadako…

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Japanese Soccer Posted by on Jun 14, 2010

The man of the hour in Japan is Keisuke Honda (本田 圭佑). Here’s the reason why : Makoto Hasebe (長谷部誠) is the vice captain for the Japanese soccer team. He’s a talented midfielder who has played for the German club VfL Wolfsburg . Takayuki Morimoto (森本 貴幸) is currently the youngest player to debut professionally…

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Expressing Purpose Posted by on Jun 11, 2010

The particle に plus a motion verb can be used to express purpose : レストランにカレーを食べに行きました = I went to the restaurant to eat curry.(Or, I went to the restaurant for the purpose of eating curry. Or, I went to the restaurant in order to eat curry.) (レストラン = restaurant. に = to. カレー = curry…

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