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Field Day

Do you have a field day in your country? Japan has a national holiday in October called Sports Day, and most secondary schools celebrate it by organizing field day activities. It’s called Undokai at elementary schools or Taiikusai at middle and high schools. Let me talk about the kind of events students participated in. There are a variety of events depending on the school. For example, you will… Read More

NILS Blog – “Sanma”

I would like to write about Sanma (Pacific saury) today. Most Sanma is fished in open seas off the coasts of Aomori and Chiba prefectures. Sanma caught in October is fatty and full of nutrients which help alleviate symptoms of lifestyle illnesses like high blood pressure, etc. Sanma in Chinese characters is written as ”秋刀魚”which translates to “autumn sword fish” because of its sword like apperance… Read More

虫の声-Mushinokoe

It’s been cool lately, hasn’t it?   Today, I would like to tell you about the voice of insects.   As you know, there are four seasons in Japan. Autumn is a wonderful season here. It is cool and comfortable, and insects gently “cry” in the evening. (Autumn in Japan is from September to November.)   Since ancient times, this insects’ “cry” has been written in waka and haiku. Whe… Read More

National Holidays

There are two national holidays in September – 20th and 28th. I would like to tell you a little bit about them. September 20th is called “Keironohi” (Respect the Aged Day). People honor their elderly citizens and wish them longevity. Families often give presents to their grandparents. September 23rd is the autumn equinox day – “Shubun no hi”. It’s also called “Higan no chunichi”, and on this day… Read More

A subculture in Japan: 大衆演劇

I assume you appreciate many aspects of Japanese culture. The expression "Japan Cool" became popular describe pop culture like Anime or Manga.. But, there is a lot more to Japanese popular culture than just Anime.  I would like to introduce you one of japan's subcultures.   Have you heard of a type of entertainment called 大衆演劇(たいしゅうえんげき) (Taishu Engeki: Popular Theater)? I bet not; sinc… Read More

月見-Tsukimi-

Hello, everyone.   I would like to introduce another Japanese tradition “十五夜 (Jugoya)” today. “十五夜 (Jugoya)” is an activity to appreciate good harvest and view the beautiful moon. It’s September 21 this year.   On the day of “十五夜 (Jugoya)”, the first event is “月見 (Tsukimi)”. The most common offerings are “Tsukimi Dango (rice cakes)” and “Susuki (Japanese plume grass)”. We also offer … Read More

Natsumatsuri

Today, I’ll talk about Japanese “Natsumatsuri”(summer festival). From July to August, there is opened many summer festivals everywhere in Japan. People usually go to the festivals wearing “Yukata”. It is Japanese traditional summer clothe. “Yukata” is also worn after taking bath in Japan at Hotel and “Ryokan”. It’s made by cool material and very comfortable. Wearing “Yukata”, people put on special… Read More

お盆-Obon

Obon   Hello, everyone. We are in the middle of Obon holiday. Have you heard of Obon? It’s a ceremony to welcome our ancestors’ spirits to this world and show our appreciation.   I am going to describe what we normally do during this holiday. First of all, we go to the cemetery to clean our family grave, decorate it with flowers and food, and then pray. A plant called ほおづき(Hozuki-Japan… Read More

花火-HANABI-

Today, I would like to introduce one of Japan’s summer traditions – “fireworks”. Japanese people enjoy going to fireworks shows which are held all over Japan during summer. One of the most famous fireworks festivals is Chikugo River Fireworks Festival in Kurume City (a neighboring city to the home of our Ogori NILS campus), Fukuoka Prefecture. This historic Chikugo River Fireworks Festival has … Read More

風鈴-Furin

Hi, there. Today, I’m going to introduce some traditional ways of surviving hot summer.   Currently, we can view many 風鈴 (Furin) in Dazaifu Tenmangu which is one of the most famous shrines in Fukuoka.   Furin is a windchime that uses a small bell made of glass or metal. We have a custom of hanging it under the eave in summer. When wind blows, it makes a beautiful and comforting sound… Read More

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