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着物 Kimono

Like many things in Japan, dressing in a kimono is a thoughtful, artistic process.  Composed of many layers of cloth, there are a multitude of options when it comes to tying the individual pieces.  The 帯 obi (sash-like piece around the … Continue reading

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Babyshitting

In Japanese there is no “s” as we understand it in English.  The language uses moras, so in the S category you have sa, shi, su, se, and so. Because of this, the Japanese accent can make some English words … Continue reading

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Hand Bell Family Concert

On November 27, 2011, I attended the “Hand Bell Family Concert” hosted at Hakuoh University, the nearby college in Oyama. A few weeks ago, the mother of two of my students (Haruna and Natsumi) handed me a flyer for this … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Japan

Thanksgiving There is so such holiday in Japan.  Though they do celebrate Labour Thanksgiving on November 23 each year, it’s not a very important holiday.  In fact, one of my adult conversation students had work that day. I explained the … Continue reading

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New torii in town

A new torii (gate) under construction at the main shrine in town.

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Kyōto, day 6

<<day 5 PHOTOS! For the sixth day of our week-long trip we took the train to Osaka to see Osaka Castle and Tsutenkaku Tower. Osaka Castle is actually Osaka Castle Museum.  The inside is full displays, including old armor & … Continue reading

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Kyōto, day 5

<<day 4 : day 6>> For photos, see Mike’s blog. …Better late than never?  Well, since I’m returning to Kyōto on Friday I thought I’d FINALLY post the videos I took in May. *Click the YouTube button in the lower, … Continue reading

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