Japanese Language and Culture

Japanese Names and Names in Japanese : The way Names are Written Read In Japan

1- Like many collectivistic cultures and Asian countries, In Japan, family names come first before the given name. 2- Usually there are no middle names in Japanese 3- When witing in latin alphabet (Romaji) the Japanese write given name first. 4- Most Japanese last names are derived from nature such as river (kawa), mountain (moto), …

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Japanese Short Stories (for kids and small children), Short Folktales and Fairy Tales

Japanese short stories for kids Japanese folktales are heavily influenced by Chinese culture and collective norms of the isolated Japanese islands. The Short stories and folk tales always try to teach the importance of patience, honesty, and hard work. The stories usually include 1- Old grandpa and grandma who don’t have any children 2- A …

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2011 Sendai Tanabata Festival, The meeting of Stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi Tanabata in Japan

Every year Japanese people celebrate the Tanabata Festival during the summer. The story behind Tanabata is the romantic meeting of 2 stars. There is one female star, Orihime, and one male star Hikoboshi.  They only get to meet once a year because they are separated by the Milky Way. But when they meet, between them …

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What in Japanese for kids Nani, Nan Desu Ka, Nan Darou なに なんですか

Here are the top 3 ways to say WHAT in Japanese 1: Nani: なに: What 2: Nan desu ka: なんですか: What 3: Nan darou: なんだろう: What Also if you are in Kansai Region  (the Southern Part of Japan where Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe are located) and speaking Kansai Dialect (Kansai-Ben) you’d say NANYA!!! なんや!This is saying …

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Why in Japanese for kids Naze, Nande, Doushite なぜ なんで どうして

Here are the top 3 ways to say WHY in Japanese Japanese people deeply respect harmony in their society. That is why, asking people WHY perhaps is not as common as other societies. People come to wonder how the Japanese say why. Here it goes 1: Naze: なぜ: Why 2: Nande: なんで: Why 3: Doushite: …

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Three Major Japanese Festivals

The three major local festivals are  Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, and Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo. Every year about 460,000 people attend Gion Matsuri, 1,100,000 people attend Tenjin Matsuri and  300,000 people attend Kanda Matsuri.

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