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JLPT N2 Preparation Course Term1

JLPT N2 Preparation Course Term1


Saturday / 11:00am-1:00pm

February 3-April 14 (except Feb.10)

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

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

Japanese Culture

January 2018 Guide Sign

Dear All,

Happy New Year!

We wish for great happiness in 2018, the year of the dog according to Chinese zodiac.

We do hope that 2018 has begun in a really good way for all of you.

“Hatsumode” the first visit to a shrine or a temple,

either grand or small is one of the most exciting and meaningful New Year’s traditions in Japan.

Meiji Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan

boasts over three million worshippers during the first three days of New Year of 2017.

This act can be performed on any day throughout the year,

but hatsumode is considered to be a particularly important time to pray for good luck in the coming year.

People throw coin or bill into the offertory box.

No specific amount. Heart is important.

People clap their hands twice and then pray with their hands together silently.

Traditional luck charms (omamori) and fortune telling slips (omikuji) are available at a shrine or a temple.

If they want to secure a wish, people write their prayers on ema, a votive wooden plaque.

It is typically 15cm wide and 9cm high and costs from 500yen to 1000yen.

It is offered to a shrine or a temple whenever people feel they need a little help

from the deities for worldly benefits such as a swift recovery from illness,

a job promotion, and success in entrance exams.

Visiting a shrine or a temple is different from being religious.

Yet religious belief and rituals have long been an important part of Japanese people’s life.

The majority of Japanese are born Shinto, marry Christian, and die Buddhist.

Such Japan’s blend of religious practices might be hard to understand from a western point of view.

Many people of all ages in Japan seem to be seeking some sort of spiritual advice by visiting sacred places,

as exemplified in a huge number of ema with closely hand-written hopes, found in the precincts of a shrine or a temple.



Japanese Language Lesson Beginners’ Course【LevelⅠ Step3】

Japanese Language Lesson Beginners’  Course【Level 1 Step3】

Monday & Wednesday  /7:30pm – 9:00pm
January 22 – March 14, 2018 (except February 12)

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

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Japanese Culture

December Guide Sign

Time has come for bonen-kai or a year-end social gathering held usually among co-workers in December

for forgetting unpleasant memories of the outgoing year.

A party organizer needs to spend a lot of time to choose what to eat and decide where to eat,

as there are a large number of eating places offering a huge variety of food in Japan.

The Japanese are good at combining foreign food with theirs, creating a unique food culture.

Okosama lunch (kids’ lunch) is a part of such food culture and found only in Japan.

It’s a special menu for kids decoratively arranged on one plate with a tiny flag chosen on the top of rice,

and served at a restaurant on the top floor of the building.

Okosama lunch was introduced by a chief manger of the restaurant

in main Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 1930

after the Great Depression also hit Japan and the country was in an uncertain mood.

The restaurant manager thought that it would be nice to have something for kids to enjoy looking and good for their health.

In 1960s,Okosama lunch was very popular

and the rooftop restaurant offering the menu was very crowded with families with small children.

The menu included kids’ favorite foods such as a hamburger and fried prawn,

and enabled Japanese children to try Japanese style western foods

when they daily ate traditional Japanese meals at home.

Moreover, there was an amusement park on the top floor where children enjoyed games or a ride on a merry-go-round.

For a break, they had kids lunch. The place was really a wonderland for them.

A visit to a department store was an exciting experience to adults too.

Everything was new to them, as Western-style buildings were a showcase of the latest Western technology and imported good,

enhancing Western lifestyle.

Through the passing of time the department store has lost its original meaning.

The rooftop amusement park was a thing of the past with all of them being closed.

But Okosama lunch nonetheless exists with the food prepared for the menu unchanged ever since it appeared.

If you are lucky (as some restaurants have no age limit),

you can enjoy a diversity of Japanese food on one plate even for dinner at a very reasonable price.




























Japanese Culture

November Guide Sign

Now is a time to enjoy autumn colors with eyes, and two types of winter-grown citrus in mouth,

i.e. one variety that is sweet, juicy easy to peel and another that is tart and bitter with thick and flavorful peel.

The former includes the tangerine called mikan in Japanese .

The latter is called yuzu,. Yuzu is not really edible,

but its fragrant peel and juice are widely used to flavor and color dishes of Japanese cooking.and indispensable in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Japan is the fruit’s largest producer and consumer.

Nowadays yuzu can be available in many convenient forms such as spice paste, sauces and freeze-dried throughout a year,

but fresh yuzu can be savored only during the winter time.

In Japan,the yuzu has been valued for its refreshing and sweet fragrance since ancient time.

The yuzu is rich in vitamin C and used in many recipes of cooking.

In this respect, yuzu is very similar to lemon,but it was cultivated in Japan around 1870s, brought here with western dishes.

While the lemon has a relatively short history for Japanese food culture,

yuzu has been associated not only with seasoning over centuries but also with soaking.

Soaking in a hot fragrant bath with fresh yuzu floating in it on the winter solstice is Japan’s long tradition for enjoyment and medicinal purposes,

as the citrus fruit is believed to prevent colds.

Yuzu bath dates from the Edo period (1603–1868) and may have been inspired by Japanese wordplay—the characters for

“winter solstice” and “hot-spring cure” can both be read as tōji.

Yuzu soak is perfect on a cold day. So you can take a yuzu bath whenever you want to.

Fresh yuzu soaking and seasoning is really a winter pleasure in Japan.

















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