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Kendama けん玉(けんだま)

  けん玉だまは木製もくせいの玩具がんぐで、中国ちゅうごくで生うまれ、江戸えど時代じだいに日本にほんに伝つたわったといわれています。 Kendama is a wooden toy which is said to have originated in China and been introduced to Japan in the Edo period. 持もち手てがついた木きの棒ぼうで、棒ぼうの片側かたがわの先端せんたんをとがらせていて、もう片側かたがわには皿さらがついています。 It is a stick with a handle; one end is sharpened into a point and

Posted in Games and Entertainment, Japanese Culture

Furoshiki 風呂敷 ふろしき

  風呂敷ふろしきは絹きぬや綿めんで作つくられた正方形せいほうけいの薄手うすでの布ぬので、日本にほんでは物ものを包つつんで持もち運はこぶのに使つかわれてきました。 Furoshiki is a thin square cloth made of silk or cotton, and it has been used to wrap and carry things in Japan. 贈答品ぞうとうひんは風呂敷ふろしきに包つつんで持もつのが礼儀れいぎとされています。 It is considered an etiquette to have gifts wrapped in furoshiki before holding them.

Posted in Annual Events and Social Life, Japanese Culture

いね Ine : rice plant

稲いね  稲いねの実みを脱穀だっこくして精米せいまいしたものが日本人にほんじんの主食しゅしょくである米こめで、小麦こむぎ、トウモロコシと並ならぶ世界せかい三大さんだい穀物こくもつのひとつです。稲いねの栽培さいばいには高温こうおん多湿たしつの気候きこうが適てきしており、多おおくの水みずを必要ひつようとする熱帯ねったい原産げんさんの稲いねが日本にほんに伝つたわり、定着ていちゃくしました。その後ご、さまざまな改良かいりょうが加くわえられ高たかい生産性せいさんせいを獲得かくとくするようになりました。水田すいでんは日本人にほんじんの原風景げんふうけいのひとつです。   Ine : rice plant Rice is the principal food for Japanese people and is prepared by threshing ine, the rice plant, and by milling its seeds. It is one of the three major cereals in the world

Posted in Japanese Culture, Nature and Geography

うどん Udon

  うどん  小麦粉こむぎこが原料げんりょうの白しろいめんで、唐とう(618〜907)の時代じだいに中国ちゅうごくから伝つたえられたという説せつがあります。現在げんざいは蕎麦そばと同様どうように日常食にちじょうしょくですが、江戸えど時代じだいの農民のうみんなどは晴はれの日ひにだけ食たべることを許ゆるされたものでした。調理法ちょうりほうや具材ぐざいは蕎麦そばとほぼ同おなじで、かけ汁じるは西日本にしにほんのほうが薄味うすあじの傾向けいこうがあります。近年きんねんではコシの強つよい「讃岐さぬきうどん」がブームです。 Udon Udon are thick, white-colored wheat-floured noodles. Udon was introduced into Japan from China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Although udon can be consumed anytime like soba, peasants during the Edo Period (1603-1867) were allowed to eat

Posted in Japanese Culture, Meals and Cooking

Aikido 合気道

合気道あいきどう 合気道あいきどうは、武器ぶきに代かわって、自然界しぜんかいや人間にんげんの内うちに存在そんざいする目めに見みえないエネルギーである「気き」を使つかう、日本にほん独特どくとくの武術ぶじゅつです。「気き」は正ただしい呼吸法こきゅうほうを訓練くんれいすることで引ひき出だせます。これを習得しゅうとくした人ひとは、相手あいての手足てあしや関節かんせつをつかんでひねり、相手あいての力ちからを使つかうことで倒たおしたり投なげ飛とばしたりすることができます。合気道あいきどうは性別せいべつや年齢ねんれいを問とわず習得しゅうとくできるため、昨今さっこんますます人気にんきが上あがっています。   Aikodo Aikido is a unique Japanese martial art which does not use weapons but ki, an invisible energy that supposedly exists in nature and humans and can be derived by training proper breathing techniques. Trained players can

Posted in Japanese Culture, Sports and Arts

Mieko’s Japan travel(Mount Fuji)

  Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters high and is the highest mountain in Japan, situated at the border of two prefectures, Shizuoka and Yamanashi. Perpetually covered by snow, its beautiful form has captivated people since ancient times and is revered

Posted in Basic Information About Japan, Japanese Culture, Nature and Geography

Mieko’s Japan travel(Ueno Park, Tokyo)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Ueno Park Ueno Park is home to most of the attractions in the Ueno District, including the Ueno Zoo and many museums including Tokyo National Museum, National Museum

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Tokyo Station Area)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.    Tokyo Station Tokyo Station is a railway station in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district.

Posted in Basic Information About Japan, Japanese Culture, Nature and Geography

What is Tempura?

Tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes for both Japanese and foreigners. Various ingredients such as prawns, fish and vegetables are dipped in batter and deep fried in vegetable oil. Then they’re eaten after being dipped in a

Posted in Japanese Culture, Meals and Cooking

Everyday Home Cooking

Traditional Japanese home cooking includes rice(ご飯はん) and a couple of dishes such as grilled fish(焼やき魚ざかな) or cooked vegetables with miso soup (みそ汁しる)  and some pickles(漬物つけもの). Most people eat rice as a staple food(主食しゅしょく) at least twice a day and use

Posted in Meals and Cooking