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2016.01.27
Japanese Culture

January Guide sign

In Japan many customs are practiced in a traditional way at the end of the previous year and the beginning of the new year.

Things are changing and some people prefer to observe the customs in a nontraditional way as below:

In December cleaning one’s own houses from top to bottom is done to prepare for New Year’s Day.

Nowadays year-end house cleaning can be offered by a house cleaning agency, if he/she doesn’t mind paying for it.

Eating soba (buckwheat noodles) on December 31 is also very popular to wish for a life that’s as long as the long,

skinny noodles. Soba should be boiled for eating for a while. But instant soba in a cup is easier to eat, as all you have

to do is just pouring hot water into a cup and waiting a minute.

Sending the New Year’s greeting card for wishing one’s relatives and friends a happy New Year, is very similar to the

Western custom of exchanging Christmas cards. Only pressing the PC button would be enough to exchange

New Year’s greetings with many people in a minute.

Osechi foods are special dishes for the New Year prepared in advance by house wives, originally intended to reduce their work during

New Year holidays. Now the cooked osechi foods can be purchased either at department store or at local supermarkets.

In the past it was common to see children playing outdoors games like kite-flying by boys and shuttlecock by girls during New Year’s Holidays.

Now they stay indoors glued to TV games.

Fortunately, even today an old custom survives unchanged i.e., visiting a temple or a shrine at New Year’s. People including those who do not ordinarily

go to shrines and temples visit to pray for their health and their families’ happiness. Meiji Shrine in Tokyo attracts more than three million people annually

followed by Fushimi Shrine in Kyoto with a turnout of over 2 million during New Year’s holidays.

 

 

2016.01.19
Japanese Culture

Japanese group lessons in February

◇ Classes at Azabu Juban School ◇

*Please choose the most suitable one for you.

*A minimum of 2 students is required to start a course.

1・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 One person waiting

   Tuesday & Thursday / 10:30 – 12:00       

   January 26 – March 17

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

2・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 One person waiting

    Monday & Wednesday/ 13:00 – 14:30   

    January 27– March 16

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

3・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 One person waiting   

    Monday & Wednesday / 18:30 – 20:00   

    January 27 – March 16

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

4・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】   one person waiting

    Wednesday / 10:00 – 12:00   

  January 27 – March 30

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

5・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】

   Saturday / 11:00 – 13:00       

   January 30 – April 2

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

6・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   Tentative

    Tuesday & Thursday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    January 26 – March 17

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

7・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   Tentative

    Monday & Friday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    January 25 ー March 14

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

8・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   

    Tuesday & Thursday / 14:00 – 15:30  

    January 26 – March 17

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

9・Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 3】

     Tuesday & Thursday / 9:00 – 10:30  

     January  26 – March 17

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

10・Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  

    Monday & Wednesday / 19:00 – 20:30

    January 27 – March 16   

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

11. Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】   One person waiting 

   Saturday / 10:00 – 12:00 

    January 30 – April 2  

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

12・Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  Tentative

   Monday & Wednesday / 10:30 – 12:00

    January 27 – March 16   

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

13・Survival Course Tentative

    Wednesday / 18:00 – 19:30

    January 27 – March 30

    Tuition Fee : 30,650 yen for 10 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

14・Preintermediate Conversation Course

     Thursday/ 18:30-20:30

    January 28 – April 7

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

15・Intermediate Conversation Course

     Tuesday & Thursday/ 19:00-20:30

     January 19 – March 10

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

Targeting July’s test

16・PT Preparation N1 Course One person waiting 

      Saturday / 10:00-12:00

      January 30 – April 2 

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

17・JLPT Preparation N2 Course One person waiting 

      Monday & Thursday / 19:00-21:00

      January 14- March 7

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

18・JLPT Preparation N2 Course

      Saturday / 11:00-13:00

      January 30 – April 2

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

19・JLPT Preparation N3 Course Tentative 

      Wednesday/ 18:00-20:00 

      January 27 – March 30         

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

20・JLPT Preparation N3 Course   

      Saturday / 10:30-12:30 

      January 30 – April 2

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

 

・ For all the classes above, no fees for registration and facility are required, but for textbook needed.

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

 

  • The classes can be set up when two or more students are available.
  • The schedule is subject to change.
  • Non-refundable tuition.
  • No lessons on national holidays.
  • No make-up lessons for absence.

 

2015.12.24
Japanese Culture

Japanese group lessons in January

1.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】

   Tuesday & Thursday / 10:30 – 12:00       

   January 12 – March 3

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

2.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 One person waiting

    Monday & Wednesday/ 13:00 – 14:30   

    January 13– March 2

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

3.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 One person waiting   

    Monday & Wednesday / 18:30 – 20:00   

    January 13 – March 2

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

4.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】   one person waiting

   Monday / 18:30 – 20:30   

  January 18 – March 28

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

5.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 1】 one person waiting

   Saturday / 11:00 – 13:00       

   January 16 – March 19

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

6.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   Tentative

    Tuesday & Thursday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    January 12 – March 3

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

7.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   Tentative

    Monay & Friday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    January 15 ー March 4

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

8.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 2】   Tentative

    Tuesday & Thursday / 14:00 – 15:30  

    January 12 – March 3

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

9.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 3】

     Tuesday & Thursday / 9:00 – 10:30  

     January  12 – March 3

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

10.Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  

    Wednesday & Friday / 13:30 – 15:00

    January 6 – February 24   

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

11. Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】   Tentative 

    Monday / 19:00 – 21:00 

    January 18 – March 28  

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

12.Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  Tentative

    Monday & Wednesday / 10:30 – 12:00

    January 13 – March 2   

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

13.Survival Course Tentative

    Wednesday / 18:00 – 19:30

    January 6 – March 9

    Tuition Fee : 30,650 yen for 10 lessons (3,065yen per lesson)

14.Preintermediate Conversation Course One person waiting

     Thursday/ 18:30-20:30

     January 7 – March 17

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

15.Intermediate Conversation Course

     Tuesday & Thursday/ 19:00-20:30

     January 12 – March 3

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

 

Targeting July’s test

16.JLPT Preparation N1 Course    Tentative

      Weekday / 18:30-20:30

      January – March

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

  17.JLPT Preparation N2 Course One person waiting 

      Monday & Thursday / 19:00-21:00

      January 14- March 7

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

18.JLPT Preparation N2 Course One person waiting 

      Saturday / 11:00-13:00

      January 16 – March 19

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

19. JLPT Preparation N3 Course Tentative 

      Wednesday/ 18:00-20:00 

      January 6 – March 9         

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

20. JLPT Preparation N3 Course   One person waiting

      Saturday / 10:30-12:30 

      January 16– March 19

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

 

・ For all the classes above, no fees for registration and facility are required, but for textbook needed.

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

 

  • The classes can be set up when two or more students are available.
  • The schedule is subject to change.
  • Non-refundable tuition.
  • No lessons on national holidays.
  • No make-up lessons for absence.

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2015.12.15
Japanese Culture

Japanese culture <Bōnenkai 忘年会 ぼうねんかい>

December is a month when a Japanese party or Bōnenkai (literally “forget the year gathering” in Japanese) are held among

co-workers or friends and sometimes sponsored by a company for their employees. Bōnenkai are held, as the name implies,

in order to wash off the unpleasant memories of the passing year and prepare to welcome the new year with fresh mind.

The tradition started in the 15th century as gatherings to express thanks.

Currently, Bōnenkai are seen as times for letting one’s hair down and having fun without worrying about the boss/employee

formal relationship or the rank and age differences, because the relationship in the workplace in Japan is often fairly strict,

as exemplified in humble and honorific forms in Japanese.  Office workers are expected to use these words properly according

to the situation in a workplace.  In addition, they usually have to put more emphasis on harmony with others rather than

having their own thoughts to have a good relationship at their offices.

You’ll often hear people saying “Let’s do away with all formalities and have a good time tonight”.

You should be wise enough not to take such a suggestion literally.

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2015.11.13
Japanese Culture

Guide Sign in November

November 15 is the day for Shichi-go-san(lit.”Seven-Five-Three”),a festival to celebrate the growth of children.

Parents the their three and five-years-old sons and seven-years-old daughters.

to shrines and have a Shinto ritual to pray for their future health.Children dress up in kimono or their best dresses.

The custom dates back to the Heian Period(794-1185)when court nobles would celebrate their children’s good health.

Later, the practice was adopted among commoners as well.

Shinto which is Japanese indigenous religion is deeply rooted in the Japanese traditions and customs,

and Shinto purification rituals play an important role in modern daily life.

Many marriages are carried out in a Shinto Shrine, building plots are purified and sometimes even new cars are blessed for safety.

Purification ceremonies called oharai. are carried out by the white-clad priest who waves a stick with white strips of paper attached

to do the blessing.Even many young married couples take their one month old babies to a shrine,

celebrating the babies’ birth and wishing their healthy growth.

Unlike the world’s major religions, Shinto has no fixed dogma or sacred scriptures.Probably for this reason,

most Japanese easily incorporate Shinto into their life without having a strong belief in Shinto.

Shinto shrines are distinguished from Buddhist temples by the torii gate which is the entrance to a Shinto Shrine.

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