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Japanese traditional toy: Kendama Posted by on Nov 27, 2013

Recently, my older son bought his first Kendama (Kendama,けん玉) with his allowance (Okozukai, お小遣い). It sounds like a lot of his friends at school are playing with Kendama these days. Kendama is one of the Japanese traditional toys that has been around for quite a long time.  When I was growing up, it was one…

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Do the Japanese Celebrate Thanksgiving? Posted by on Nov 19, 2013

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  With Thanksgiving fast approaching next week, I am sure everyone is excited and perhaps, getting ready for a big family get together. In Japan, although people might not celebrate quite the same way as in US, we actually do have a similar national holiday called “Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinro-kansha-no-hi, 勤労感謝の日)…

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Explore Japan – Todaiji Temple in Nara City Japan Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

Hi there!  Many of you out there might have heard about Nara city (nara-shi,奈良市) in Japan where you will find the Todaiji Temple(Todaiji, 東大寺). Todaiji Temple(Todaiji, 東大寺) is famous for the “Daibutsu(大仏) ” or “Great Buddha of Nara” Statue, which is considered as the largest seated Buddha Statue in Japan. (Daibutsu(大仏) is a Japanese word for large statue…

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Hajimemashite! Keiko-desu. Posted by on Nov 14, 2013

はじめまして! Hi, my name is Keiko(恵子).  I am a new Japanese blogger for Transparent Language. I am really excited to be here!  Since this is my first blog post, let me first introduce myself.  I was born and raised in Gifu(岐阜), Japan.  I moved to U.S after graduating from high school. Since then I’ve lived in…

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