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Monthly Archive:2014/12

Kotoba Asobi : Shiritori – Learning the Japanese Style of Wordplay 3

In our last posts about kotoba asobi (Kotoba Asobi 1, Kotoba Asobi 2), we learned about kaibun and dajare. If the previous two types of Japanese wordplay are kind of serious, the next two types, though it needs deeper knowledge of Japanese vocabulary, are fun and can be played with two or more persons.…

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Kyoto: Strolling around Kamogawa River and iconic Gion

After enjoying our morning hunt for momiji leaves (we enjoyed it so much that we did not realize that we have walked for more than two hours), we decided to take a short break before we continue our hunting trip. I know Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy Japanese cuisine but we were just so hungry that we decided to eat at the first restaurant we saw – びびんばはうす (bibinbahausu – bibimbab house) which was a small Korean restaurant near Kinkakujimichi bus stop.…

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Kotoba Asobi: Dajare – Learning the Japanese Style of Wordplay 2

In our last post about Kotoba Asobi, we learned about Japanese palindromes or kaibun. In this post, we will learn another type of kotoba asobi which is the dajare or Japanese puns.…

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Osafune in Okayama: The land of Japanese sword – Part 1 –

Bizen country, its main area was southern part of the present Okayama prefecture, was very famous for swordsmithing. It’s also famous for pottery called “Bizen-yaki”, but in this post, I’m going to focus on swordsmithing only. Pale blue coloured area is the present Okayama prefecture.The darker blue area is approximate location of the old Bizen country.…

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Kotoba Asobi: Kaibun – Learning the Japanese Style of Wordplay 1

The Japanese language is a very beautiful and fun language. On the contrary though, it’s also a very difficult language for non-native speakers. A word in English can have many translations in Japanese depending on the context. Wrong pronunciation of a certain Japanese word can also mean another non-related word.…

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Momijigari: Hunting for Autumn Colors

I have never been to any form of hunting trip till my friends and I head out to Kyoto this year to experience Momijigari which literally translates to maple leaf (momiji) hunting (gari). Just like Hanami (sakura viewing) in spring, Momijigari in autumn is well rooted in the Japanese culture and recently has also gained popularity among foreign visitors.…

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Top Anticipated Winter Animes of 2015

A change of season in Japan also marks the change of animes on tv. Every end of the season, the Japanese site for character database and manga/anime stuff, Charapedia, asks 10,000 fans all over Japan on what titles they are looking forward to for the next season.…

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Night Art Aquarium: Dance of a Goldfish

My visit to Japan would not be complete without traveling to the city of Kyoto. I have been there so many times before that one might wonder what is there more to see? This time around I came to see not the cherry blossoms, the temples, nor the momiji leaves that where in season (though I did see them on this trip well they were just so beautiful not to experience which I will tell you in another post).…

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Top Buzzwords of 2014 in Japan

In December every year, the publishing house Jiyuukokuminsha (自由国民社) holds awards for the top buzzwords of the year in Japan called the Ryuukougo Taishou (流行語大賞). This year’s winners are Dame yo! Dame, dame! and shudanteki jieiken.…

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Japanese Customs: Riding the Escalator – Tokyo and Osaka-style

One of the things I noticed during my first visit in Japan is the custom of riding an escalator. In my country, I haven’t really thought about which side of the escalator to stand. But when I came here in Japan, I noticed that people stand on one side to give way to other people who are in a hurry.…

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