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2017.01.05
Japanese Culture

New Japanese language Complete Biginners’ Weekend Course

Japanese language Complete Beginners’ Weekend Course【Level 1 Step1】
Saturday /13:00-15:00
Jan.14 – Mar. 25(except Feb. 11)
Tuition Fee : 43,200 yen for 10 lessons (4,320yen per lesson)

If you are interested please contact us by e-mail.
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2016.12.27
Japanese Culture

December Guide Sign

2016 is going out and 2017 is coming in soon.

At the end of a year, many adults in Japan prepare Otoshidama.

It is a special monetary gift children receive from their close adults during the New Year holidays.

Bills are folded and put into a small cute envelope called pochi- bukuro

and handed to the children.

How much money given to a child depends on how old the child is and,

of course, how much money you make.

Including pochi-bukuro, there are many kinds of the elaborately decorated envelopes for sale in Japan.

They are used for giving money, as gifts of cash are common in Japan for a wedding

and a funeral. It is considered rude to give cash unwrapped ,

but it is fine to present your bills naked when buying something in a store or restaurant.

Money isn’t wrapped because it’s money; it’s wrapped because it’s a gift.

“Pochi”of “Pochi-bukuro” is a dialect in Kansai region meaning something small.

When gifts are given in Japan,

“It’s only a little something” (Tsumaranai-mono desu-ga) is quite often mentioned.

Behind this expression and the word of “pochi” is the Japanese attitude to express their humble heart.

Whatever the small envelope means,

the New Year is the most exciting moment of a year for the Japanese children.

With otoshidama, they can buy expensive things that they ordinarily wouldn’t be able to buy.

 

Japanese language instructor

Sachiko Hamano

2016.12.21
Japanese Culture

New Japanese language Complete Biginners’ Cource

Japanese language Complete Beginners’ Course【Level 1 Step1】   
Monday & Wednesday /10:00-11:30
Jan.11 – Mar. 1
Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)
 

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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)

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