Japanese Language Blog

Archive for May, 2012

J-Horror Movies Posted by on May 30, 2012

Like many other people I love watching movies 映画 (えいが). For some irreproducible reason I’m really into scary 怖い(こわい) and blood-curdling movies 映画.  I’m especially quite taken with Japanese Horror moviesホラー映画. Maybe I’ll get eye-rolled for liking such mainstream movies like “The Ring” リング or “Ju-on” 呪怨 but I still think they are worth watching. Most…

Continue Reading

Shochu Posted by on May 20, 2012

島娘 (Shimamusume), one of 鹿児島's most popular brands of shochu.

今日 (きょう/Today) I’d like to talk a little about my favorite Japanese alcoholic beverage, 焼酎 (しょうちゅう/Shochu)! This is not the traditional 酒 (さけ/sake) that many people order when they go to a 日本料理 (にほんりょうり/Japanese food) restaurant in another country. 酒 can be translated as rice wine, but the word is commonly used to describe any…

Continue Reading

Cherry Blossom part II Posted by on May 8, 2012

As promised here comes the second part of the さくら祭り. In this post I will introduce you the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 弘前さくら祭り (ひろさきさくらまつり) in Aomori 青森. 弘前 is a former castle town and is located in the southwestern part of  青森. The major landmark of the city is the Hirosaki Castle 弘前城 (ひろさきじょう) and its…

Continue Reading

Spring has sprung Posted by on May 3, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

As Yuki indicated, the seasons have finally changed. Japan saw a colder than average 冬 (ふゆ/winter) this year, with 雪(ゆき/snow) falling in areas that don’t often see it. 東京 (とうきょう/Tokyo) got more snow than it has seen in years! Now though, 春 (はる/Spring) has arrived and the people are rushing outdoors to enjoy the weather…

Continue Reading

Cherry Blossom part I Posted by on May 2, 2012

At first I’d like to thank Marcel for the warm welcome ( ´ ▽ ` ). It’s spring 春 (はる), that means the cherry blossom season 桜の季節 (さくらのきせつ) is coming up. As you might know cherry blossoms 桜 (さくら) are well-known as being the symbol of Japan and a very important part of the Japanese…

Continue Reading