Japanese culture

Best methods to learn Japanese: How to teach children Japanese

Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com Get fairy tales and storybooks in Japanese online or from your local library Children love shared reading time and regardless of language acquisition, they will always remember the time they spent with you reading books. Try to find books with good illustrations. Look at the pictures with your child, …

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Japanese Castles, Jo

Japanese castles, the symbols of Japanese heritage, can be found all over Japan. Originally, the castles were samurai’s residences, and the military strongholds that protected towns against the enemy. The oldest castle was constructed in 664 AD, but Most of the castles standing today are constructed between the Sengoku Period and the Edo period. Among many, four …

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Matsuri, Japanese Festival

Japan holds many regional festivals which are called “matsuri.”  The original meaning of the word is “respect to God.” Matsuri is usually held in the Shinto shrine. The participants remember the ancestors, express their gratitude for god and wish for success in business and health. People carry Mikoshi and Danjiri, and dance. Spectators can enjoy Japanese …

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Japanese Communication Style, Do Japanese Communicate Differently?

Level: Advanced. Please check Japanese Culture for simpler, basic information. Japanese Communication Style Self-Conception Interdependent (e.g., I belong to… statements) Ingroup/Outgroup boundary Strict (Company, school, circle, family members are treated very differently) Wa (Harmony) Omnipresent Enryo (Conformity) High (Self-deprecating statements are encouraged, harmony requires conformity) Context Effects High Context/Implicit (e.g. Do you think it is …

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Shining Star (Kira Kira boshi Twinkle Twinkle Little star in Japanese)

Japanese Children’s Song きらきらぼし きらきら ひかるおそらの ほしよまばたき してはみんなを みてるきらきら ひかるおそらの ほしよ きらきら ひかるおそらの ほしよみんなの うたがとどくと いいなきらきら ひかるおそらの ほしよ kirakira hikaruosorano hoshiyomabataki shitehaminnnawo miterukirakira hikaruosorano hoshiyo kirakira hikaruosorano hoshiyominnnano utagatodokuto iinakirakira hikaruosorano hoshiyo Shining Star/Twinkle twinkle Little StarTwinkle, twinkle little starHow I wonder what you areUp above the sky so highLike a diamond in the sky,Twinkle, twinkle little starHow I wonder what you are!   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

Cherry Blossom (Sakura Sakura Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song どんぐり ころころ さくら さくらやよいの そらはみわたす かぎりかすみか くもかにおいぞ でずるいざや いざやみに ゆかん さくら さくらのやまも さともみわたす かぎりかすみか くもかあさひに におうさくら さくらはなざかり sakura sakurayayoino sorahamiwatasu kagirikasumika kumokanioizo dezuruizaya izayamini yukann sakura sakuranoyamamo satomomiwatasu kagirikasumika kumokaasahini niousakura sakurahanazakari Cherry BlossomSakura SakuraShining sky,   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

Pigeon coo, coo (hato poppo Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song はと ぽっぽ ぽっ ぽっ ぽはと ぽっぽまめが ほしいかそら やるぞみんなで なかよくたべにこい ぽっ ぽっ ぽはと ぽっぽまめは うまいかたべたならいちどに そろってとんでゆけ pop pop pohato poppomamega hoshiikasora yaruzominnnade nakayokutabenikoi pop pop pohato poppomameha umaikatabetanaraichidoni sorottetonndeyuke Pigeon Coo CooCoo, Coo CooPigeon coo, cooIf you like beansCome downLet’s eat altogether Coo, Coo CooPigeon coo, cooIf the beans are deliciousEat one and fly away   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

The Sunset (Yuuyake Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song ゆうやけ こやけ ゆうやけ こやけで ひがくれてやまの おてらの かねが なるおてて つないで みな かえろからすと いっしょに かえりましょう こどもが かえった あとからはまるい おおきな おつきさまことりが ゆめを みるころはそらには きらきら きんのほし yuuyake koyakede higakureteyamano oterano kanega naruotete tsunaide mina kaerokarasuto isshoni kaerimashou kodomoga kaetta atokarahamarui ookina otsukisamakotoriga yumewo mirukorohasoraniha kirakira kinnnohoshi SunsetSun is setting downThe bells of the temples on the hill are ringingLets get together and returnLet’s return back (to our homes) with crows After the kids backAbove the big and round moonBirds are sleeping and having dreamsThe stars are shining like diamonds   Online Japanese lessons …

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Carp Windsocks (Koinobori Children’s Day Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song こいのぼり “やねより たかい こいのぼりおおきい まごいは おとおさんちいさい ひごいは こどもたちおもしろそうに およいでる yaneyori takai koinoboriookii magoiha otoosannchiisai higoiha kodomotachiomoshirosouni oyoideru CarpCarp flags are above the roof.The biggest carp is the father,The smaller carp are the children,It’s like swimming in the sky.   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

Kagome Kagome (Kagome Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song かごめ かごめ かごめ かごめかごのなかの とりはいついつ でやるよあけの ばんにつると かめと すべったうしろの しょうめん だあれ kagome kagomekagononakano torihaitsuitsu deyaruyoakeno bannnitsuruto kameto subettaushirono shoumenn daare KagomeKagome kagome, bird in the cage,when will you get out?In the evening of the dawnThe crane and turtle slippedWho is behind you?   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

Magical pocket (pokettono naka Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song どんぐり ころころ ぽけっとの なかにはびすけっとが ひとつぽけっとを たたくとびすけっとは ふたつ もひとつ たたくとびすけっとは みっつたたいて みるたびびすけっとは ふえる そんな ふしぎなぽけっとが ほしいそんな ふしぎなぽけっとが ほしい pokettono nakanihabisukettoga hitotsupokettowo tatakutobisukettoha futatsu mohitotsu tatakutobisukettoha mittsutataite mirutabibisukettoha fueru sonnna fushiginapokettoga hoshiisonnna fushiginapokettoga hoshii Magical PocketThere is one biscuit in a jacket pocketBy tapping on the pocket, it becomes two biscuits By tapping again it becomes three biscuitsBy tapping more and more it becomes many biscuits I want a magical pocket on my own jacketI want biscuits from such …

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Spring Has Come (haruga kita Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song はるがきた はるが きた はるが きた どこに きたやまに きた さとに きた のにも きた はなが さく はなが さく どこに さくやまに さく さとに さく のにも さく とりが なく とりが なく どこで なくやまで なく さとで なく のでも なく haruga kita haruga kita dokoni kitayamani kita satoni kita nonimo kita hanaga saku hanaga saku dokoni sakuyamani saku satoni saku nonimo saku toriga naku toriga naku dokode nakuyamade naku satode naku nodemo naku Spring Has ComeSpring has come, Spring has come Here in the mountains, Here in the village, Here in the fields. Flowers bloom, flowers bloom, Here in the mountains, Here in the village, Here in the fields. Birds are singing, birds are singing, Here …

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The Sea (Umi Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song うみ うみは ひろいな おおきいなつきは のぼるし ひが しずむ うみは おおなみ あおい なみゆれて どこまで つづくやら うみに おふねを うかばせていって みたいな よそのくに umiha hiroina ookiinatsukiha noborushi higa shizumu umiha oonami aoi namiyurete dokomade tsudukuyara umini ofunewo ukabaseteitte mitaina yosonokuni The Sea “Oh, the sea wide open and free!Sunset and moon light reflect on the seaBig waves on the seaI wonder where these waves goWant to have a ship on the seaAnd want to go see different countries”   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com

Trampling Cat (neko funnjatta Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song ねこ ふんじゃった ねこ ふんじゃった ねこ ふんじゃったねこ ふんづけちゃったら ひっかいたねこ ひっかいた ねこ ひっかいたねこ びっくりして ひっかいたわるい ねこめ つめを きれやねを おりて ひげを それねこ にゃーご にゃーご ねこかぶりねこなでごえで あまえてるねこ ごめんなさい ねこ ごめんなさいねこ おどかしちゃって ごめんなさいねこ よっといで ねこ よっといでねこ かつぶし やるから よっといで ねこ ふんじゃった ねこふんじゃったねこ ふんづけちゃったら とんでったねこ とんじゃった ねこ とんじゃったねこ おそらへ とんじゃったあおい そらに かさ さしてふわり ふわり くもの うえごろ にゃーご にゃーご ないているごろ にゃーご みんな とおめがねねこ とんじゃった ねこ とんじゃったねこ すっとんじゃって もう みえないねこ ぐっばいばい ねこ ぐっばいばいねこ あしたのあさ おりといで neko funnjatta neko funnjattaneko funndukechattara hikkaitaneko hikkaita neko hikkaitaneko bikkurishite hikkaitawarui nekome tsumewo kireyanewo orite higewo soreneko nya-go nya-go nekokaburinekonadegoede amaeteruneko gomennnasai neko gomennnasaineko odokashichatte gomennnasaineko yottoide neko yottoideneko katsubushi yarukara yottoide neko funnjatta nekofunnjattaneko funndukechattara tonndettaneko tonnjatta neko tonnjattaneko osorahe tonnjattaaoi sorani kasa sashitefuwari fuwari kumono uegoro nya-go nya-go naiteirugoro nya-go minnna toomeganeneko tonnjatta neko tonnjattaneko suttonnjatte mou mienaineko gubbaibai neko gubbaibaineko ashitanoasa oritoide Trampling CatI stepped on a cat, I stepped on a catThen the cat scratched meThe cat scratched me. The cat scratched me.The cat was surprised, and scratched me.Bad cat, Cut your nail.Go back to the roof, and cut your wiskers.The cat is meowing with meow meowThe cat’s …

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The Rolling Acorn (donnguri korokoro donnburiko Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song どんぐり ころころ “どんぐり ころころ どんぶりこおいけに はまって さあ たいへんどじょうが でてきて こんにちわぼっちゃん いっしょに あそびましょう どんぐり ころころ よろこんでしばらく いっしょに あそんだがやっぱり おやまが こいしいとないては どじょうを こまらせた “donnguri korokoro donnburikooikeni hamatte saa taihenndojouga detekite konnnichiwabocchann isshoni asobimashou donnguri korokoro yorokonndeshibaraku isshoni asonndagayappari oyamaga koishiitonaiteha dojouwo komaraseta donnguri korokoro naitetaranakayoshi korisuga tonndekiteochibani kurunnde onnbushiteisoide oyamani tsuretetta” A Rolling AcornAn acorn rolled down and down,Suddenly fell into a pond.Loaches came by the donburiAnd said Let’s play together The acorn enjoyed their company.And played with them for a whileThe acorn wanted to go back to the mountain.The loaches were upset   Online Japanese lessons …

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The Doggie Cop (maigono maigono konekochann Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song いぬの おまわりさん “まいごの まいごの こねこちゃんあなたの おうちは どこですかおうちを きいても わからないなまえを きいても わからないにゃん にゃん にゃん にゃんにゃん にゃん にゃん にゃんないてばかりいる こねこちゃんいぬの おまわりさん こまってしまってわん わん わん わんわん わん わん わん まいごの まいごの こねこちゃこのこの おうちは どこですかからすに きいても わからないすずめに きいても わからないにゃん にゃん にゃん にゃんにゃん にゃん にゃん にゃんないてばかりいる こねこちゃんいぬの おまわりさん こまってしまってわん わん わん わんわん わん わん わん” “maigono maigono konekochannanatano ouchiwa dokodesukaouchiwo kiitemo wakaranainamaewo kiitemo wakaranainyann nyann nyann nyannnyann nyann nyann nyannnaitebakariiru konekochanninuno omawarisann komatteshimattewann wann wann wannwann wann wann wann maigono maigono konekochannkonokono ouchiha dokodesukakarasuni kiitemo wakaranaisuzumeni kiitemo wakaranainyann nyann nyann nyannnyann nyann nyann nyannnaitebakariiru konekochanninuno omawarisann komatteshimattewann wann wann wannwann wann wann wann” The Doggie Cop Hey stray cat!Where is your home?I don’t know where my home isI don’t know what my name isMew meow me-meow, mew meow me-meowIf you keep cryingThe doggie cop cannot help you outBowwow bow-wow, bowwow bow-wow Hey stray cat?Where’s your home?No clue even …

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Under The Big Chestnut Tree (ookina kurino kino shitade Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song おおきな くりの きの したで  “おおきな くりの きの したであなたと わたしなかよく あそびましょうおおきな くりの きの したで おおきな くりの きの したでおはなし しましょうみんなで わに なっておおきな くりの きの したで おおきな くりの きの したでおおきな ゆめをおおきく そだてましょうおおきな くりの きの したで “ “ookina kurino kino shitadeanatato watashinakayoku asobimashouookina kurino kino shitade ookina kurino kino shitadeohanashi shimashouminnnade wani natteookina kurino kino shitade ookina kurino kino shitadeookina yumeoookiku sodatemashouookina kurino kino shitade “ Under The Big Chestnut Tree “Under the spreading chestnut treeYou and meget closer and play aroundUnder the chestnut tree Under the spreading chestnut treeLets talkAnd dance as a circleUnder the chestnut tree Under the spreading chestnut treeLet’s dreamsomething bigUnder the chestnut tree   …

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Buzz Buzz Buzz (Bun Bun Bun Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song ぶんぶんぶん  “ぶん ぶん ぶんはちが とぶおいけの まわりにのばらが さいたよぶん ぶん ぶんはちが とぶ ぶん ぶん ぶんはちが とぶあさつゆ きらきらのばらが ゆれるよぶん ぶん ぶんはちが とぶ “ “bunn bunn bunnhachiga tobuoikeno mawarininobaraga saitayobunn bunn bunnhachiga tobu bunn bunn bunnhachiga tobuasatsuyu kirakiranobaraga yureruyobunn bunn bunnhachiga tobu “ Bzz, bzz, bzz “Buzz, buzz, buzzBees flyThe flower bloomed in surroundings of the …

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Close Hands, Open Hands (musunnde hiraite Japanese Children’s Song)

Japanese Children’s Song むすんで ひらいて  むすんで ひらいててを うって むすんでまたひらいて てを うってそのてを うえにむすんで ひらいててを うって むすんで musunnde hiraitetewo utte musunndemata hiraite tewo uttesonotewo uenimusunnde hiraitetewo utte musunnde Close hands, open hands, Close hands, open hands,Clap hands, close hands. Open hands again, clap hands,Put those hands up. Close hands, open hands,Clap hands, close hands.   Online Japanese lessons for kids: dinolingo.com