Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy New Year!

新年あけましておめでとうございます。Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone had a nice time off to enjoy with their family and friends. New Years in Japan has many traditions that are different from traditions here in the states. New Years is longer and more of a family event in Japan. There's traditional New Years food such as おせち料理 (osechi ryori) and traditional Japanese games that family and friends play! Some games that get played are like karuta. Karuta is a card game where one reads the card and others have to grab the matching proverb/picture. There is another older form of karuta called 百人一首 (hyakunin isshu, one hundred poets, one poem each). It is a more challenging kind of card game and Japanese people grow up learning how to play. It's a great way to learn how to read Japanese and know how it sounds like.

If you'd like to read about 百人一首, click Here !

Let's have another wonderful 2020!

Friday, December 20, 2019

End of the Year!


Photo from: Toshikoshi Soba Recipe

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful wrap up to 2019! It's been a great honor to be a part of JFLA family for half a year so far and I am looking forward to 2020 and being able to participate/improve advocacy ideas for Japanese teachers and students.

Whenever the end of the year comes for me, I think of toshikoshi soba. Toshikoshi is passing the year/year-crossing in Japanese and written as 年越し. Soba is そば and it's buckwheat noodles. It's usually eaten end of the year as the noodles symbolizes longevity and breaking free from the past. It's a nice way to start the new year and this time around, the year will be 2020! Looking forward for more ways to connect to Japan and hopefully, finding more and more wonderful things to showcase on this blog to share to everyone :). 来年もよろしくお願いします!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

2019 Kanji of the Year!

I hope everyone is having a great wrap up for this year! 2019 is hastily coming to an end and before we know it, it'll be 2020 and start of a new decade! It's exciting to be in a time where technology and accessibility is readily available to study and be exposed to Japan and the Japanese language anytime and anywhere! I hope The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles continues to connect teachers and students to Japan and we hope to continue to do so for 2020.

Yesterday, there was news that mentioned the kanji 'Rei' from Reiwa, was chosen as 2019 kanji of the year! We were able to witness the change in era this year and see the excitement towards the new era. The video and more details of previous kanji of the year is listed on the link below!


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/12/12/national/rei-reiwa-era-name-japan-kanji-year/#.XfKHLehKiM8

Thinking of a kanji for yourself to sum up your year is a fun and great activity to look back at what you accomplished for the year and see what kanji you have learned so far!

I hope everyone has a great holiday season and a great remainder of 2019 :).

Friday, November 15, 2019

The 33rd Colorado/Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest

The 33rd Colorado/Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest took place last week! Congratulations to all of the participants who were in the Speech Contest!

There are many Speech Contest that takes place all over the United States to demonstrate and show the students' Japanese levels to not only their teachers but to others who are observing. Many students have their own individual topics and ideas they would like to share and speech contest is one of the ways to share!

More information/photos:
https://cjlea.weebly.com/

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 AUSTIN AKI MATSURI 秋まつり

Austin, Texas is having an awesome akimatsuri this upcoming Sunday, November 17th from 1PM to 5PM at Zilker Botanical Garden. There will be many displays of Japanese culture/performances so it'll be a wonderful event to attend. It's free admission with regular garden admission.


More details:
https://do512.com/events/2019/11/17/2019-austin-aki-matsuri-jasga-s-13th-annual-japan-fall-festival-tickets


Friday, November 1, 2019

Japan in November!

Happy November and I hope everyone had a nice Halloween/October season. Although there was the typhoon in Kanto region and forest fires in Los Angeles, the weather is relatively nice/calm for November. JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) has a wonderful page that showcases weather changes and places to visit! It's a great resource for teachers to speak with their students on where they would like to visit in Japan, what's considered an important aspect of fall, and how to prepare for changing weather. https://www.japan.travel/en/guide/november/

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Flood Recovery Manual After Typhoon Hagibis


Recently in mid-October, Kanto-area was hit with one of the most devastating typhoon since 60 years ago in the 1950s. As Japan is becoming more and more globalized, articles such as Japan Times have pointed out how there is a necessity in having a free guide in providing recommended steps for recovery. The article is posted below but we will also provide the link to the free manual below. I think these resources are great for teachers to discuss among students and to understand how these disasters are really close to us more than ever.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/24/national/flood-recovery-manual-typhoon-hagibis/

http://blog.canpan.info/shintsuna/img/RECOVERING_FROM_A_FLOOD_DISASTER.pdf


Monday, September 30, 2019

Hinoki Cup Roadshow!

There is a great roadshow starting from October until February of next year in Michigan that connects students with bilingual business professionals within the classroom! It's a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge of ways they could further develop/expand on their bilingual skills! further information is listed below.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

4th Japan Festival in Windsor

There is a Japan Festival at Windsor High School that is happening on Sunday, 10/6/2019 (12PM to 3PM)! It's a free event so people are welcome to come and enjoy this festival! Further information is listed here: https://eventful.com/windsor_co/events/4th-japan-festival-/E0-001-130386862-6


Monday, September 23, 2019

JET Program information for Students


There is a JET Information Session at Villanova University that is coming up this Friday, September 27th, 2019! This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about this wonderful opportunity! Please look at the flyer for further information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Accepting Applications for 2020 Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP)

2020 Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is now accepting applications for High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors! It'll be a great opportunity for students to interact with other high school students across the United States and Japan. Please check out the link to apply and learn more about the program: http://reischauerscholars.org . Application deadline is October 15, 2019. We wish the applying students luck with the program!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Marugoto Helpful Tips!

Japan Foundation has an official textbook called Marugoto and fortunately, some of the material is able to be checked out through the website!

One of the links we will be introducing here today is being able to look at Japanese and then translate in seven different languages (English, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French): https://words.marugotoweb.jp/top.php?lang=en

It also has a collection section, which lists dates and days of the week, as well as time and other useful information! It can be converted to PDF form and printed so it is accessible for everyone. Hopefully this information helps teachers and provide more resources to Japanese language learners!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Shin Ultraman news(シン・ウルトラマンニュース)

Exciting news for Ultraman fans! Shin Ultraman info. has been released and it'll be written/produced by Hideaki Anno (director of Evangelion) & directed by Shinji Higuchi (director of Shin Godzilla). It's planning to hit theaters in 2021!

English article: https://variety.com/2019/film/asia/shin-ultraman-japan-hideaki-anno-and-shinji-higuchi-1203287912/


シン・ウルトラマンが庵野秀明監督(エバンゲリオン)が企画・脚本を担当、樋口真嗣監督(シン・ゴジラ)が監督によって、制作されるというニュースが出ました。21年に公開予定です。エバンゲリオンとシン・ゴジラにかかわっていた二人が、どのようにシン・ウルトラマンを作り上げていくか気になりますね。

日本語版の記事: https://eiga.com/news/20190801/10/