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Origami 折り紙 おりがみ

折おり紙がみ 折おり紙がみは、鶴つる、兜かぶと、奴やっこさん、風船ふうせんなどさまざまな形かたちを紙かみを折おって作つくる日本にほんの昔むかしからの遊あそびです。多おおくの日本にほんの子供こどもたちは、一度いちどは折おった経験けいけんがあるはずです。多おおくの折おり鶴づるを糸いとでつないだ千羽鶴せんばづるは、病気びょうき回復かいふくや願ねがい事ごとをかなえるために折おられます。最近さいきんでは、複数ふくすうの紙かみを組くみ合あわせたペーバークラフトに近ちかい作品さくひんも作つくられています。 Origami : Paper Folding Origami is a traditional Japanese activity of making a crane, a samurai worrior helmet, yakko-san, a ballon and so on, by folding paper. Most Japanese children have experienced folding paper at least once. Senbazuru,

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Shamisen : 三味線(しゃみせん)

  三味線しゃみせんは、バンジョーに似にた三弦さんげんの弦楽器げんがっきです。 The shamisen is a three-stringed instrument similar to a banjo.     中国ちゅうごくの三線さんしんがルーツで、もとは中国ちゅうごくから伝つたわったものだと言いわれています。 It is believed that the origin of it was an Okinawan three-stringed instrument called the “sanshin” which originated in China.   16世紀せいきに日本にほんに伝つたわり、胴どうには手てに入いれにくい蛇皮じゃびを張はる代かわりに、猫ねこや犬いぬの皮かわを張はったものに形かたちを変かえました。 It was introduced to

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Jizō :地蔵(じぞう)

  地蔵じぞうは正式せいしきには地蔵じぞう菩薩ぼさつといい仏教ぶっきょうの修行者しゅぎょうしゃですが、仏教ぶっきょうの教おしえから切きり離はなされて、民間みんかん信仰しんこうの神かみのような存在そんざいです。 Jizō is the Buddhist trainee properly called jizō bosatsu (jizō bodhisattva or ksitigarbha), but it has been separated from Buddhist teachings and is considered a god-like figure of folk belief. 地蔵じぞうは1メートルほどの小ちいさな石いしの立像りつぞうで柔和にゅうわな顔かおに赤あかい前掛まえかけを着つけ、道祖神どうそじんと同おなじように村むらや街道かいどうのあちこちに立たっています。 A jizō is represented by a small

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New Year in Japan 日本のお正月

The New is one of the most important holidays for the Japanese. Most Japanese rest during the first three days of the New Year and many companies and schools are closed for one week or more during this season. しめ飾かざり   Shimekazari

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The National Anthem 日本の国歌

Toward the end of the 19th century, at the suggestion of the Irishman John Fenton, a national anthem was created with the lyrics taken from a 10th century poem and the melody from classical Japanese court music. The word Kimigayo

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Customer Service in Japan

When buying a present for someone at a Japanese shop, several stores will provide free giftwrapping upon request. However, boxes and special wrapping may come at a free, so be sure to confirm this beforehand. Stores will also give multiple

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Otogibanashi: fairy tale

Otogibanashi is a folk tale or old story that is told from person to person. It is originally written with the kanji (Chinese characters) meaninig a story told to an adult by an adult, with the character for togi meaning

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