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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.

2015.10.16
Japanese Culture

Japanese group lesson in November

◇ 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】 Going on

   Tuesday & Thursday / 10:00 – 11:30       

   October 8 – December 1

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

 

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

    Monday & Friday / 18:30 – 20:00   

    November 2– January 18

   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 / 19:00 – 20:30   

    November 2 – January 18

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

 

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

   Monday / 19:00 – 21:00   

  November 2 – February 8

   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       

   November 7 – February 6

    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  

    November 5 – January 14

    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  

    November 2 – January 18

    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  

    November 5 – January 14

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

 

9.Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 3】

     Tuesday & Yhursday / 10:00 – 11:30  

     November 5 – January 14

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

 

10.Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  Going on

    Wednesday & Friday / 13:30 – 15:00

    October 14 – December 2   

    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 

    November 2 – February 8  

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

 

12.Beginners’ Course 【Level 2 Step 1】  Going on

    Monday & Wednesday / 10:30 – 12:00

    November 2 – January 18   

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

 

13.Survival Course Tentative

    Wednesday / 18:00 – 19:30

    November 4 – January 27

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

 

14.Preintermediate Conversation Course One person waiting

     Thursday/ 18:30-20:30

     November 5 – January 28

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

 

15.Intermediate Conversation Course Going on

     Tuesday & Thursday/ 19:00-20:30

     October 8 –  December 1

     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

      November – December

      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

      November 2- December 3

      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

      November 7 – February 6

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

 

19. JLPT Preparation N3 Course Tentative 

      Wednesday/ 18:00-20:00 

      November 4 – January 27         

      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 

      November 7– February 6

      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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2015.10.15
Japanese Culture

Japanese taste in autumn

We are enjoy various species of mushrooms at this time of a year.  Among them the matsutake mushrooms are very special

to Japan.  The Japanese people like their unique aroma representing autumn.  It is popular to cook them in a way the aroma lasts

even after they are cooked such as flavored rice, steam pot dishes and so on. It’s delicacy like caviar and truffles in the West.

Matsutake in Japan grow on roots of red pines and are harvested between September and October when the cap is not yet

completely open, as the aroma fades away if it is open.

Unlike other mushrooms, growing matsutake artificially is very difficult, so the harvests are unstable causing the price of

matsutake picked in Japan to fluctuate widely every year.  As domestic production of matsutake in Japan has sharply declined

over the last 50 years, nowadays matsutake mushrooms imported from foreign countries like China and Korea account for about

98% of the Japanese mushroom market.  The scarcity has made domestic matsutake price skyrocket.  Nevertheless it would seem

that the Japan’s great love for matsutake will never fade out, as the Japanese have enjoyed eating them since ancient times.

 

2015.09.25
Japanese Culture

Japanese group lesson in October

◇ 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

    Monday & Thursday / 10:30 – 12:00   

   October 5 – December 3

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

 

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

    Monday & Friday / 18:30 – 20:00   

    October 5 – December 4

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

 

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

    Tuesday & Thursday / 19:00 – 20:30   

    October 6 – November 26

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

 

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

   Monday & Wednesday / 19:00 – 20:30   

  October 5– December 2

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

 

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

   Saturday / 11:00 – 13:00       

  October 3 – December 2

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

 

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

    Tuesday & Thursday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    October 6 – November 26

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

 

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

    Monday & Friday / 19:00 – 20:30  

    October 5 – December 4

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

 

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

    Tuesday & Thursday / 14:00 – 15:30  

    October 6 – November 26

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

 

  1. Beginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step 3】 Tentative

     Tuesday & Thursday / 10:00 – 11:30  

     October 6 – November 26

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

 

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

    Monday & Wednesday / 19:00 – 20:30

    October 5 – December 2   

    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 

    October 5 – December 21   

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

 

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

    Monday & Wednesday / 10:30 – 12:00 

    October 5 – December 2   

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

 

13.Survival Course Tentative

    Wednesday / 18:00 – 19:30

    October 7 – December 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

     October 1 – December 3

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

 

15.Intermediate Conversation Course One person waiting

     Tuesday & Thursday/ 19:00-20:30

     October 6 – November 26

     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

      October – December

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

 

17.JLPT Preparation N2 Course One person waiting 

      Tuesday & Thursday / 18:30-20:30

      October 6– November 26

      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

      October 3 – December 5

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

 

19. JLPT Preparation N3 Course Tentative 

      Wednesday/ 18:00-20:00 

      September 30 – December 2         

      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 

     October 3 – December 5

      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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