The Japanese Tutor

The Japanese Tutor

Tokyo Tower

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With Mount Fuji on one side, the Pacific Ocean on the other, and an endless medley of skyscrapers, modern buildings, parks, and historical buildings like the Imperial Palace everywhere you look, you feel like you’re on top of the world.…

Japanese Language

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Getting Started If you never have been exposed to the Japanese language before. This is a very good place to start. We will set you off on the right foot. Whether or not, you’re just looking for a simple phrasebook…

Geisha

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“Geisha” means “artist” in Japanese. The geisha of Japan are cultural icons who preserve the Japanese custom of putting the guest on a pedestal through their hostessing, conversational dexterity, poetry recitation skills, dance and/or music talent, and attire. Dressed in…

Japanese Weddings

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Dressed entirely in white, the bride gazes at her groom and tells him how she vows to build a life together with him based on mutual respect and understanding. The groom, dressed in black, repeats her vow, promising like she…

Japanese Holidays

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One of the most effective ways to learn more about a culture is to study its celebrations. By studying a country’s national holidays and country-wide celebrations, you learn more about what the culture values. Below is just a sample of…

6 Unique Japanese Activities

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Japanese activities run the gamut from the traditional theater with a 600-year history to sporting events from 500 years ago that are followed with equal national enthusiasm in the modern day to meeting at the Hachiko statue at Tokyo’s Shibuya…

Ikebana

In the West, florists create flower arrangements that bring out patterns of color and showcase the blooms at their peak. The art has a long history and a certain amount of respect from those who enjoy flowers, but general appreciation…

Manga

In the West, comic books are typically thought of as “kids’ stuff” and the adults who enjoy them are usually thought of as adults who refuse to grow up—and not in a good way. Although some graphic novels have tackled…

Onsens

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In Japan, it is quite common to take a relaxing soak in a bath at the end of each day and it is a daily chore to scrub one’s tub to keep it clean and free from mold. Nowhere is…

Sumo

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Two men enter the 5-foot round platform and face the crowded arena. They clap their hands and then stomp their legs, driving evil spirits from the ring. Once finished, they retreat to opposite corners, each taking a ladleful of “power…