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Japanese Directors Posted by on Aug 30, 2010

The Japanese film industry and its film directors are a force to be reckoned with. These directors have received critical acclaim and a place in film history as great directors.   Hideo Nakata (中田秀夫) is responsible for directing Ring (リング) and Dark Water (仄暗い水の底から). His movies have been so popular, they’ve been remade for English…

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The Nine Tailed Fox Posted by on Aug 25, 2010

The kyūbi no kitsune (九尾の狐) is a legendary nine tailed fox prevalent in Japanese folktales and plays. Stories about the nine tailed fox go way back in Japan’s oral telling history. Interestingly, it’s still used in modern times. If you’ve watched the anime Naruto (ナルトー), the kyūbi no yōko (九尾の妖狐) or nine tailed demon fox…

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Traditional Japanese Theater Posted by on Aug 22, 2010

Traditional Japanese theater is elaborate, interesting, and a feast for the eyes. I would recommend seeing at least one traditional Japanese performance out of the three main forms of traditional Japanese theater. Nō (能) is a type of theater where actors usually wear a mask that depicts an emotion or expression. The actors perform with…

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Japanese Martial Arts Posted by on Aug 19, 2010

Karate (からて) is often the most widely known Japanese martial arts form, but there are also many other Japanese martial art forms that are widely appreciated as well. Jūdo (じゅうどう) is a martial art form used to immobilize an opponent by locking their joints or grappling them to the ground. Kendo (けんどう,) is a study of…

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Intention Posted by on Aug 16, 2010

To express intention, use the short present tense of the verb + つもりだ 1) 町田先生の誕生日にケーキを作るつもりです = I plan to make a cake for Professor Machida’s birthday (まちだ/町田 = Machida. せんせい/先生 = Professor. の = particle. たんじょうび/誕生日= birthday. に = particle. ケーキ = cake. を = particle. つくる/作る = make. つもりで す = intend) There is…

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Top Five Japanese Castles Posted by on Aug 13, 2010

If I could give a description of Japan, one of the things I would say is, “Japan is the land of castles”.   One such example is Himeji jō (姫路城,) or Himeji Castle. The castle is located in Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県,) and is one of the largest castles in Japan. At the center of the…

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Sweet Bean Snacks Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

There are some Japanese sweets that have a soft, flour based exterior, with a sweet bean paste on the inside.   Imagawayaki (今川焼き) is a round shaped sweet with sweet bean paste. The bean paste is made from Azuki beans (アズキ). Azuki beans are sometimes called red beans because of their color. A batter is…

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