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Japanese Condolence Messages Posted by on Mar 14, 2011

The recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan has saddened and shocked many people all over the world. In a situation like this, what is the right thing to say? If you’re wondering how to express your condolences in Japanese, there are several ways to say it. 心からお悔やみ申し上げます (kokorokara okuyamimōshiagemasu) This phrase means “Please accept my…

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Earthquake and Tsunami of Japan Posted by on Mar 12, 2011

As you’ve probably already heard by now, Japan was hit by an 8.9 earthquake. The level of damage that an earthquake can cause is measured by the Richter scale. A “7” on this scale can cause major damage while a “9” can cause damage across several thousands of miles. Since this earthquake was an 8.9,…

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Japanese Festivals in March Posted by on Mar 10, 2011

There are some cool Japanese festivals in March. Let’s take a look at what they are! The Todaiji Shunie (東大寺修二会,) is a festival that features several priests who carry large fire torches across a balcony. The locals try to catch some of the sparks from the torches because they believe that the sparks will keep…

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Rice Posted by on Mar 7, 2011

Rice is an important part of a traditional Japanese meal. The usual type of rice is a white, non glutinous kind, but did you know that there are other varieties of Japanese rice and rice dishes? Genmai gohan (玄米御飯) is brown rice. Brown rice has a nuttier flavor than white rice. In the postwar era…

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Neighborhoods in Tokyo Posted by on Mar 3, 2011

There are special places in Tōkyō that are known for possessing certain qualities that are different from the other neighborhoods in Tōkyō. Let’s see where those special places are: Yūrakuchō (有楽町) is a neighborhood that gives you a small glimpse of what Japan looked like in the prewar period. There are lots of izakaya (居酒屋)…

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