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Archive for January, 2014

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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