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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”















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

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New Japanese language Complete Biginners’ Weekend Course

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