I use this site Japanese Pod 101 to keep Japanese in my head. You’ve heard the phrase, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” In the area where I live there is very little exposure to Japanese language and/or culture. It’s easy to let my desire to learn Japanese slide away. Maybe you would like to explore this option.
The option involves receiving a daily email with just one word. The word is then used in simple sentences. That’s it. “Just a little goes a long ways”.
It’s easy to set up your English keyboard in Windows to type in Japanese!
Follow the easy instructions in this link, and you will be able to switch easily back-and-forth between typing English or typing Japanese. Continue reading
I would like to share this news link. The United States WWII veteran returns to the family a Japanese flag he had taken from a fallen Japanese soldier. Many such flags have been returned over the years as a sign of peace and restoration of relationships.
WWII veteran returns Japanese flag taken from fallen enemy soldier
The Japanese Cabinet approved legislation to allow Japan’s emperor to abdicate the throne, just this once. Emperor Akihito wishes to step down and give his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, “time to rule”. This is big news since Emperor Akihito’s abdication will be the first in 200 years.
Of course, there is the opinion for and against this action. Supporters welcome the idea of letting emperors retire (they did pre-1889 law). Opponents fear permanent change in the Imperial Household Law would lead to changes eventually allowing women to also be rightful heirs to the throne, although Japan had female emperors in the past as well.
One thing is certain–change. Somewhere I heard the phrase “Change is inevitable; growth is optional”. This certainly seems to be a time for Japan once again to embrace the challenge of change in its laws governing emperors. It will be interesting to watch!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing now and Japan-related events continue to blossom across Washington DC.
March 15 to April 16, 2017
Read about the history of the festival and the many events!
Visitors can get a head start and enjoy early-blooming cherry blossoms in Kawazu, Japan, that start blooming in February, about a month before most of the cherry blossoms in the rest of Japan. The climate in Kawazu on the Izu Peninsula is generally warmer than other parts of Japan even though it is still winter. Then, you can extend your cherry blossom adventure by moving north.
For example, in Hikone on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa in Central Japan, Continue reading
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who celebrate the holidays!
Peace, goodwill toward all people.
Watching the golden sunset from the airport window provided an appropriate good-bye to my 10-day Japanese adventure. The setting sun cast a golden glow over Ise Bay and sparkled on the wings of the jet sitting at the gate. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe the highest mountain peak in Japan (12,389 ft.) could be totally obscured by fog and clouds from nearby Lake Ashi when, on a clear day, the majestic mountain is visible from distant Tokyo some 60 miles away.
It was very cold and windy the day I visited Lake Ashi, Continue reading
私は日本に行きます。Nihon ni ikimasu. I am going to Japan.
Since childhood I have wanted to go to Japan. I don’t know why. Perhaps the lure of things that interested me such as the intrigue of a strangely written language, the beautiful photo depictions of gardens and flowers, the gorgeous kimonos or simply the exotic and very different culture. Keep in mind, I grew up before the Internet, before easy access to information; the world seemed even larger then. Before Internet connection, different cultures were more mysterious and faraway places more exotic. Add a child’s imagination, and the exciting dream gets painted with even more vibrant colors. Continue reading