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2017.01.24
Japanese Culture

January Guide Sign

Happy New Year!

I hope the new year of the rooster will bring much happiness to you all.

During New Years holidays in Japan, osechi-ryori, a variety of ingredients

are traditionally prepared and arranged in a set of lacquered boxes.

Lacquerware called shikki in Japanese are wooden containers

and utensils coated with resin obtained from the lacquer tree

and used for tea ceremony and daily life,

and so on. For example, most Japanese soup are served

in lacquerware bowls and eaten with lacquered chopsticks.

Process of producing shikki takes repeaed coating, creating a deep luster and a smooth touch.

The Japanese have been using lacquer since ancient times and developed various techniques to decorate shikki.

The most well-known techniques are makie (sprinkled application of gold or silver powder)

and raden (mother-of-pearl inlay).

These techniques have continuously developed into more refined styles.

Elegant beauty of shikki has fascinated people in Japan and around the world.

The latter includes Marie Antoinette, Queen of France who had a collection of Japanese lacquerware.

Surely “lacquerware” is called “japan”, while porcelain is “china”

 

明けましておめでとうございます。

酉年の本年が幸多い年でありますように。

日本ではお正月に伝統的なおせちを料理して漆塗りの重箱につめます。

漆器は漆塗りの木製の容器や道具のことです。漆の木から採った樹液が塗ってあります。

漆器は茶道具や日常品などに使われています。

例をあげると和食の汁物は漆塗りのお椀に注がれて漆の箸で食べることがあります。

漆器は何度もの重ね塗りをして作られます。

そのようにして深みのある光沢となめらかな手触りが生まれるのです。

日本人は漆を古代から使ってきました。そして漆器のいろいろな漆器の技法を生み出して来ました。

中でもよく知られているのは蒔絵(金銀粉を蒔きつけ漆で固める)や螺鈿(貝殻をはめ込む)です。

これらの技術はより洗練された漆工と進歩して来ました。優雅な美しさは国内ばかりでなく世界の人々を魅了しています。

フランス女王マリーアントワネットの日本漆器収集は有名です。

陶磁器が「チャイナ」と言われているのにたいして漆器が「ジャパン」と呼ばれているのももっともなことなのです。

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2017.01.13
Japanese Culture

New Japanese Language Complete Biginners’ Evening Course : One Person Waiting

One Person Waiting

Japanese language Complete Beginners’ Evening Course【Level 1 Step1】

Tuesday & Thursday /18:00-19:30
Jan.24 – Mar. 14
Tuition Fee : 45,900 yen for 15 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

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2017.01.12
Japanese Culture

Biginners’ course 【Level1 Step4】 : one person waiting

<One person waiting>

Biginner’s Course Level1 Step4(morning)

Tuesday & Friday / 9:30pm-11:00am

January 24 – March 13 

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

Textbook:Japanese for Busy PeopleⅠ

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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)

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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

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