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The Bean-Throwing Festival Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Have you heard of Setsubun Festival in Japan? People in Japan celebrate what they call, the Bean-Throwing Festival, Setsubun(せつぶん、節分) on February 3rd every year. Setsubun is rather a Spring festival since this is done the day before the first day of Spring. It is not a national holiday; however, people never forget to celebrate this…

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Let’s learn how to read Japanese! Part 4 Posted by on Jan 24, 2014

So far, we have covered Japanese Hiragana’s(ひらがな) in Part 1 through Part 3 of the “Let’s learn how to read Japanese” series. Part 4 will be on Katakana(かたかな). Katakana is another writing system in Japanese. Katakana’s are used to express foreign language words or words that originate from other countries.  I will discuss the examples below. Katakana’s…

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How to surround yourself with Japanese Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

You are currently living in a country where Japanese is not the main language. Besides learning Japanese by traditional method such as reading text books, how can you effectively expose yourself to Japanese to learn more? In this article, I would like to share with you how you can surround yourself with Japanese when you…

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Let’s learn how to read Japanese! Part 3 Posted by on Jan 20, 2014

Hi everyone.  The Part 3 of the Hiragana lesson will be on what we call Yo-on(ようおん,拗音) & Sokuon(そくおん、促音).  Once you master these two along with the 2 previous lessons (basic hiragana(seion) & dakuon, han-dakuon), you will be reading Japanese hiragana’s in no time. Please don’t think too hard.  These are just additional sounds in Japanese…

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Let’s cook Zenzai! Japanese Red Bean Soup Posted by on Jan 16, 2014

Have you heard of a Japanese red bean soup called, Zenzai(ぜんざい)?  This is one of my favorite dishes to eat during the winter.  It is a sweet tasty red bean soup with Mochi(rice cake、もち). It is pretty simple to make this.  If you like red beans, you gotta try it! The red beans we use…

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Let’s learn how to read Japanese! Part 2 Posted by on Jan 13, 2014

Hi everyone!  We covered the basic hiragana(ひらがな) the other day.  (You can read about the first lesson on Hiragana from:https://blogs.transparent.com/japanese/lets-learn-how-to-read-japanese/) As you know, there were total 48, well, minus 2 (ゐ & ゑ ) 46 hiragana’s that I introduced.  Let’s review them first. Let’s see if you can read the following words: しま いも こころ き…

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2013 Five Best Hot Springs in Japan! Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

Due to the volcanic nature of Japan, there are many hot spring (Onsen, おんせん、温泉) resorts throughout Japan. During the cold months, Onsen(おんせん、温泉) attracts many visitors and tourists. Although Onsen(おんせん、温泉) is a perfect place to have a relaxing and peaceful time, that is not the only reason to make a trip to Onsen(おんせん、温泉).  Due to the minerals in the natural…

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