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2016.11.18
Japanese Culture

November Guide Sign

Dear All,

Japan is in the middle of the season of viewing autumn colors.

One of the most popular trees for autumn colors is the ginkgo (Japanese: icho).

The ginkgo tree is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. The leaves turn into one of the brilliant yellow colors.

Native to China, they are very common in Japan

and easily found even in Tokyo where many are planted as roadside trees.

Maybe for this reason, The Metropolis of Tokyo has chosen the ginkgo as its symbol tree.

From November to December, the leaves of ginkgo trees pile up, carpeting the ground in layers of pure yellow.

It’s really something appealing to people’s eyes.

To the Japanese ,ginkgo nuts (Japanese: ginnan) appeal to their appetite.

They are a delicacy of autumn and used as a seasonal ingredient as in steamed Japanese egg custard (Japanese: chawanmushi).

Only female ginkgo trees produce seeds. Its outside smells nasty,

but the inside is rich in nutrition and good to eat when toasted.

People don’t eat too many of these seeds, as it is rather toxic.

The ginkgo is a living fossil, unchanged for 270 million years indicating it co-existed with the dinosaurs.

It has been here for a really long time, while we’re only here for a short time.

A stretch of dazzling yellow the ginkgo produce would put on a surreal show.

and also encourage us to respect its longevity.

Some of famous spots in Tokyo for enjoying autumn colors are as below:

Rikugien Gardens, Kyu-Iwasaki-tei , University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus) and Meiji Jingu Gaien.

 

 

現在日本は秋真っ只中、紅葉の時期です。

紅葉のなかでも人気があるのはイチョウの木です。

葉は扇型をしていて大木です。秋には葉が鮮やかな黄色になります。

原産は中国ですが、日本ではとてもよく見かける木です。

東京でも街路樹として馴染みがあり、おそらくこの理由から選ばれて東京都のシンボル木となっています。

11月から12月にかけてイチョウの落葉が積もって、真っ黄色の重なりとなって地面を覆います。

人の目にはとても鮮烈に映ります。実は銀杏と呼ばれて日本人にとっては秋の代表的な味覚です。

茶碗蒸しなどの食材として使われています。

雌木だけに実がなります。外側は悪臭がしますが、中身は焼くととても美味しいです。

それに栄養価も高いのです。でもあまり食べ過ぎないようにしなければなりません、というのは幾分毒性があります。

イチョウは2億7千年の間不変の生きた化石と言われています。つまり恐竜と共存していたことになります。

本当に長い期間この地球に存続しています。

一方我々人間はほんのわずかな時間しか存在していません。

イチョウが生み出す目の眩むような鮮やかな黄色はこの世のものとは思われないショーを繰り広げてくれます。

それを楽しみながらイチョウの逞しく生き延びていることに感嘆せずにはいられません。

 

東京都内の紅葉名所: 六義園、旧岩崎邸、東京大学本郷キャンパス、明治神宮外苑

2016.10.28
Japanese Culture

New class Bebinners’ course Level1 Step2

Beginners’ course Level1 Step2

Wednesday & Friday 1:00pm-2:30pm

Nov. 2・4・9・11・16・18・25・30

Jan. 11・13・18・20・25・27

Feb.1

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.

info@nicjapanese.com

2016.10.26
Japanese Culture

Japanese course lesson November

◇Classes at Azabu Juban School◇

Please choose the most suitable one for you.

A minimum of 2 students is required start a course.

 

1.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step1   Tentative

Monday & Wednesday /19:00-20:30

Jan.11 – Mar. 1

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

2.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step1   Tentative

Monday & Wednesday /14:30-16:00

Jan.11 – Mar. 1 (except Dec. 17 ~ Jan 7)

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

3.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step1   one person waiting

Saturday / 13:00 – 15:00

Nov.5 – Feb. 4

Tuition Fee : 42,000 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

4.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step1   one person waiting

Monday & Wednesday /10:00-11:30

Jan.11 – Mar. 1

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

5.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step2  Tentative

Wednesday & Friday /12:30-14:00

Nov.9 – Jan. 27 (except Nov.23 & Dec.14~ Ja. 6)

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

6.Beginners’ CourseLevel 1 Step2   one person waiting

Saturday / 15:15 – 17:15

Jan.11 – Mar. 1 (except Dec. 17 ~ Jan 7) 

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

7.Beginners’ CourseLevel 2 Step1  Tentative

Monday & Wednesday /18:30- 20:00

Jan.11 – Mar. 1 (except Dec. 17 ~ Jan 7)

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

8.Beginners’ CourseLevel 3 Step1  Tentative

Monday & Wednesday /18:30- 20:00

Jan.11 – Mar. 1 (except Dec. 17 ~ Jan 7)

Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

 

Targeting December’s test

9.JLPT Preparation N1 Course   On Going

Saturday / 14:00 – 16:00

Sep. 24 – Dec. 3 (except Nov.5)

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

10.JLPT Preparation N1 Course   Tentative

Saturday / 13:00 – 15:00

Apr. 15 – . Jul. 1 (except Apr. 29 & May .6)

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

11.JLPT Preparation N2 Course   Tentative

Saturday / 13:00 – 15:00

Apr. 15 – . Jul. 1 (except Apr. 29 & May .6)

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

12.JLPT Preparation N3 Course   Tentative

Saturday / 13:00 – 15:00

Apr. 15 – . Jul. 1 (except Apr. 29 & May .6)

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

 

13.JLPT Preparation N4 Course   Tentative

Saturday / 13:00 – 15:00

Apr. 15 – . Jul. 1 (except Apr. 29 & May .6)

Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

・For all classes above, no fees for registration and facility are requires, but for textbook needesd.

・As for the already-started classes above, there are some opening. Please contact NIC for further informationinfomation.

 

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.

info@nicjapanese.com

 

 

 

 

 

2016.10.23
Japanese Culture

October Guide sign

At last autumn has come in Japan.after the unprecedented number of typhoons hit many parts of this country.

Now is a time for enjoying sightseeing at home and abroad.

Recently tourists from foreign countries prefer to experience Japanese culture

rather than just visiting historic places.

Among the prepared programs is ninja techniques training course.

Ninja came to be known and popular worldwide through Japanese manga and anime.

They were well-trained for spies and mercenaries,

and were most active in “warring states” period, in the 16th century.

Having bases in Iga and Koka, just south of Lake Biwa,

they were hired by regional lords to gather information about enemies.

Lake Biwa was the key location for commerce and transportation,

and also close to Kyoto, the capital of Japan at the time.

Ninja techniques were called ninjutsu.used to completely confuse an opponent

and to achieve their duties secretly.

Ninjutu was developed into unique Japanese strategy combined

with Japanese ancient mountain worship.

Ninja could slip into enemy territories to obtain secret information

by hiding without leaving any evidence.

Some castles and even temples came up with a very clever solution, i.e.”nightingale floors,”

which emitted sharp, chirping noises when stepped on,

warning against an intruder’s presence nearby.

The image of ninja produced by a foreigner might be very different

from what a ninja was in reality.

But it’s great fun visiting a sort of theme park

with ninja-related facilities in Iga City and joining a training course.

You could feel like it might be possible to become a ninja.

A person would never feel that way about 007.

2016.10.11
Japanese Culture

New class Beginners’ course Level1 Step3

Beginners’ course Level1 Step3
Tuesday  10:30-12:00 & Friday 9:15-10:45 (except Nov.2)
Oct.14 – Dec. 2 
Tuition Fee : 42,910 yen for 14 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.

info@nicjapanese.com

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