神楽の写真Culture

Japanese traditional performance KAGURA

Japan has a pretty much long history.So There are traditional events. You may know about 祭り Matsuri, 七夕 Tanabata-festival, お盆 Obon and so on. Do you know 神楽(かぐら)? What is 神楽(かぐら)? 神楽は 日本の 神話(しんわ)の中に出てくる神様(かみさま)のために 踊る 踊りのパフォーマンスです。 いつ、どうやって、だれが、日本を 作りましたか?それが 書かれてあるのが 「古事記」(こじき)という本です。 とても 古い本です。712年ごろに 書かれたそうです。 今は、2020年。 本当に古い本ですね! その本の神様のために 踊るのが 神楽です。 これは わたしが 島根県(しまねけん)へ 神楽を見に行った時の写真 です。 I went to Shimane prefecture to see Kagura on January 2020.They performed in the very old local shrine. I took this photo.There are some music players like 笛, 太鼓 in the back.It was very loud and gorgeous. すごい 迫力(はくりょく)! Who are the performers? After this performance, I went to the stage to see the performers. It was them! They are high school students.Soooo Cute! I asked for them whether It is okay to…

困る女の人の写真Culture

Japanese say nothing about anything negative?

日本語の会話のテキストを見ていると「・・・」があることに気づきませんか。 これは、何も言わない、という意味ですが、ちょっと意味深な感じです。実は、これには意味があります。 What does it mean “・・・” in a middle of a conversation? Here is a dialog below. Let’s take a look! さちこ:ミラーさん、ちょっとお願いがあるんですが。ミラー:何ですか。さちこ:息子に 英語を 教えて いただけませんか。    夏休みに オーストラリアへ ホームステイに 行くんですが、    会話が できないんですよ。ミラー:教えて あげたいんですけど、ちょっと 時間が・・・。さちこ:お茶でも 飲みながら おしゃべりして いただけませんか。ミラー:うーん。出張も多いし もうすぐ 日本語の 試験も あるし・・・。    それに 今まで 教えた ことが ありませんから・・・。さちこ:だめですか。じゃ 残念ですが・・・。ミラー:どうも すみません。 みんなの日本語 28課 There are some “…”.Actually, you don’t have to say anything. But there are. If you could say something instead of “…”, what would you say?Think about it from the context. I guess It would be like this below. ミラー:教えて あげたいんですけど、ちょっと 時間が・・・。↓ミラー:教えて あげたいんですけど、ちょっと 時間がないんです。 出張も多いし もうすぐ 日本語の 試験も あるし・・・。↓出張も多いし もうすぐ 日本語の 試験も あるしできません。 それに 今まで 教えた ことが ありませんから・・・。↓それに 今まで 教えた ことが ありませんから無理です。 じゃ 残念ですが・・・。↓じゃ 残念ですがあきらめます。 Picking up those, then, (時間が)ないんです:I have no time.できません:I can not.無理です:It’s impossible.あきらめます:I give up. Did you realize something? Yes, those are something negative thing. Don’t say something negative directly Japanese tend not to say something negative directly. So, you have to guess what they would…

riceCulture

Japanese eat rice every day?

It’s said that rice is a staple food in the Japanese diet. But is it true? I found an article, it says Japanese prefer bread than rice since 2013. Today, I am sharing my meals here. Breakfast 朝食/朝ごはん Bread Salads Tea I prefer black tea than coffee. So, almost every morning I drink black tea.The breads are handmade, yep, I made them. 最近パン作りにハマっています。I need salads more than meat. This is the normal and typical my breakfast. Lunch 昼食/昼ごはん It’s DONBURI! これは、ゴーヤの丼です。This is ゴーヤ丼, which is based on rice and put the ゴーヤチャンプル on it. I try to eat rice. So, lunch is a good time to eat rice.Even I eat much,…

発音イラストQA

Pronunciation らりるれろ

The Japanese language is easy to pronounce. But, I realized that most of native English speakers doesn’t pronounceらりるれろ correctly. Most of them pronounce it Ra Ri Ru Re Ro. They use R sounds. What’s is the problem not to be able to pronounce らりるれろ? I can say, It is no problem at all. Because we Japanese don’t distinguish between L and R. But, still, we know, something is wrong a bit…if you said Ra Ri Ru Re Ro. How to practice pronouncing らりるれろ Actually, らりるれろ sounds is between L and R, it’s more than closer to L. But it’s still not the correct. Here is the tip. What is this…

山のイラストQA

How to learn Kanji

Most of students except Chinese struggle with remembering Kanji which is Chinese character. However, if you learn Kanji quickly, then you could understand Japanese more faster. Kanji is art Most of kanji is complicated, you know? ONE, TWO, THREE are OKay.Because they are visually one, two and three. 一、二、三 But other than that… Yeah, a little bit more complicated. So, I suggest that You should think of Kanji as an art. They are like a drawing or a painting. Take a look 習字(syuuji) or 書道(syodoo) which is Japanese traditional calligraphy. When you write Kanji, you are an artist! Focus on how useful they are. Every Kanji have meanings. For example……

悩む女性の写真QA

When do you use 敬語(keigo, polite form)?

いつ敬語を使ったらいいですか? こんな質問をよくもらいます。 Most of students are not good at speaking KEIGO which is polite form in Japanese. I’m going to answer when should you use KEIGO. There are three types of keigo in Japanese 謙譲語(kenjoo-go) 尊敬語(Sonkee-go) 丁寧語(Teinei-go) They are complicated for foreigner.I am not explaining about that this time. But remember? Most textbooks are written in 丁寧語. And sometimes It says about 普通語 which is casual form. When should we use KEIGO? Whenever you meet a stranger. When you are in the office or business scene. When you are with older people. 知らない人と話す時。仕事関係の時。年上と話す時。 Basically, It is better to use keigo in the case above. What should you do when you…

くれる、あげる、もらう、の使い方を悩む女の子のイラストQA

What’s the difference あげる, もらう and くれる?

Hi everyone, お元気ですか。I feel a bit sad this summer because the fireworks event isn’t held due to covid-19. Speaking of Japanese summer, it is 花火(はなび). It is fun to go to see the fire works. Wearing 浴衣(ゆかた)see the beautiful fire works and drinking cold one. Maybe next summer… The unique features of Japanese. The other day, I had a lesson with one of my students who has been to Japan. He told me something quite interesting. He said that Japanese language is like a poem.So I thought he was talking about the sounds. But it’s not. “Japanese language is like a poem” means….It always implies something.Japanese don’t speak directly. I totally…

オンラインレッスンを受ける学生QA

How to use online lesson?

Hi, everyone. I am a Japanese language teacher. These days, I do online teacher. What do you think of taking an online lesson? I have taken an online lesson to learn English. And I teach Japanese on online. So, I realized some from both sides. Tips for taking an online lesson There are lots of online class on the internet. There are various ranges of tuition. There are lots of types of teachers. How should you choose the teacher?Here is some tips. Please try to take a trial lesson if they have. ずばり! The most important things are the 相性 (あいしょう) chemistry. A teacher who has a good reputation doesn’t…