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Enjoy the festivals!

Festivals were cancelled due to COVID19 for the past few years, but they are happening one after another in this year! Here are three especially big festivals in Fukuoka!   (1) Hakata Dontaku(博多どんたく) (2) Hakata Gion Yamakasa(博多祇園山笠) (3) Hojoe Hakozakigu(放生会筥崎宮)   When you come to Fukuoka, you will probably have a chance to go to those festivals. So, for those of you who are new to… Read More

Kyushu Historical Museum – Recommendation for a Historical Journey

 Hello! I`m Kikuchi, a Japanese teacher at NILS.  Ogori City, Fukuoka Prefecture, where NILS is located, has many wonderful spots that are not well known.  Excavation of the ruins has revealed that people have been living in Ogori City for 2 million years. At that time, it was one of the most important regions in Japan. In addition, the Ogori Kanga Ruins, which prospered from the 7th century to … Read More

Yamaga Lantern Festival

Here are some famous Japanese festivals. Hello, I would like to introduce a famous Japanese festival called Yamaga Lantern Festival. Do you know about a famous Japanese festival called Yamaga Lantern Festival?           This festival is held every August in Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Yamaga is famous for its hot springs, but it is also famous for its summ… Read More

Body Language

This year NILS has become much more lively than last year with many new students. New students and new teachers are all doing their best at NILS!   Our young and cool teacher, Mr. T, has been working at NILS since this April. He was explaining to the new Nepalese students about school life in simple Japanese and sometimes English. .................... After the presentation, another t… Read More

Bento

Hello, everyone. I would like to talk about Japanese bento today.   Bento means a boxed lunch. A basic bento looks like this (photo). Half of it is rice, with picked plums on top, and the other half is side dishes.   These days, parents make cute bento boxes for their children called “Chara-ben” which is shortened from “character bento.” People create children’s favorite character… Read More

Hanami

Hello, everyone. Are you familiar with Hanami? As you might have heard, many Japanese people enjoy viewing the blossoms of cherry trees. They eat, drink and appreciated the beauty of cherry blossoms. In Fukuoka Prefecture where NILS is located, cherry blossoms are typically in full bloom around the end of March. Today, let me tell you a few choice spots to view cherry blossoms. (1) Maizuru Park… Read More

What Surprises Japanese People When We Go Abroad

Hello everyone. Today I would like to talk about some of the things that surprise us when we go abroad. To put it another way, these kinds of things just do not happen in Japan. -Kissing and hugging while greeting  I remember seeing all the homestay families in Canada greeting each other like this, and I was so nervous while I wait for my turn. In Japan, we basically don't touch each other whe… Read More

NILS Blog Hinamatsuri

Hello, everyone. Have you ever heard of a Japanese traditional event called Hinamatsuri? In Japan, parents of daughters display hina dolls in March and pray for their children to grow up healthily.           Hinamatsuri was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara period (710-794). It was celebrated only among the aristocracy at first, but the current form t… Read More

Gift Giving

On what occasions do you give a gift to someone? Birthdays, weddings, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas? In Japan, we frequently give and receive gifts. Let me talk a bit about our customs here.   How to open gifts I think most people take special care wrapping gifts. The difference, I think, is how people open gifts. In Japan, gift recipients are expected to appreciate the wrapping paper, bo… Read More

Japanese Culture J-Pop A New Star

Many people love K-Pop, but J-Pop is pretty cool, too. Let me tell you a bit about a new J-Pop star. His name is Fujii Kaze. He has been active since 2020. He was born in Satosyou, a small town in Okayama Prefecture. Influenced by his music loving father, he grew up listening to all kinds of music – classical, rock, jazz, Japanese country music, etc. When he was 12 years old, he uploaded his pian… Read More

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