漢字発見!#7

三鷹の森 みたかのもり   三鷹(みたか)is the name of a city in the Tokyo Metropolis. 三鷹の森 is often referred to the Inokashira Park in Mitaka, where the Ghibli Musuem is located. Do you know about the Ghibli Studio? If you don’t, check out its official website here. 「三」is THREE. Simple right? Just count the strokes and you…

SPECIAL EVENT #1

ART CONTEST 絵画・アート|コンテスト The JCA introduces a monthly special event and this time it is an Art Contest! The theme of the contest is ‘Aki・秋’, i.e. autumn, since September marks the onset of autumn in Japan. You may use any medium – traditional or digital, and mail your entries to the JCA email id –…

EVENT #21

Movie Screening スクリーニング A lot can be learnt about a country’s culture by watching movies which are great mediums. Get to know about yet another aspect of Japanese culture through an Oscar winning movie! ART CONTEST RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THIS DAY. Date –  September 30, 2018 (Sunday) Time – 10:00 am to 11:45 am Venue – JCA…

EVENT #20

EXPERIENCING SHODO  書道を習おう Shodou is the Japanese art of calligraphy and is a well revered art form. It has rules which need to be abided by while also keeping room for the calligrapher’s expression. It requires specific tools, some of the basic ones being a calligraphy brush (Fude・筆), an ink-stick (Sumi・墨 ), an ink-stone (Suzuri・硯)…

EVENT #19

TRY YOUR HAND AT JAPANESE CARD GAMES! みんなで遊べるトランプゲーム Cards first came to Japan via the Portuguese travellers and since then, the Japanese have improvised to create their own version of cards and card games. The popularly known kinds of cards are the Hanafuda (花札), Menko (面子) and Karuta (かるた). Various games can be played using…

EVENT #18

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP 折り紙 ワークショップ Japanese culture has for long been associated with Origami (折り紙). Myths and legends also revolve around this art such as the belief that making one thousand origami cranes in one year would make a wish come true. Origami figures also used to be a part of religious ceremonies and have evolved…

漢字発見! #6

固く禁じます かたく きんじます 固く禁じます means to Strongly Forbid/Firmly Prohibit. Hence, the sentence in the first picture would read as 「この場所での喫煙・ポイ捨ては固く禁じます」 このばしょでの きつえん・ぽいすては かたくきんじます We strictly forbid Smoking and Littering in this area. 「固」means hard, harden, strong, set. Onyomi: コ in 個体(こたい)solid body, 固形(こけい)solid shape Kunyomi: かた・い in 固い hard, かた・まる in 固まる harden, かた・める in 固める to strengthen; put together…

漢字発見! #5

喫煙・きつえん 「喫煙」means SMOKING. 「喫 」can mean ingest, devour, eat, drink or smoke. Onyomi: キツ in 喫煙 smoking, 喫茶(きっさ) drinking tea and 喫茶店(きっさてん) tea-drinking/small restaurant shop     「煙」 means Smoke. Onyomi: エン in 黒煙(こくえん)black smoke,  煙突(えんとつ)chimney; stovestack Kunyomi: けむり in 煙 smoke, けむ・る in 煙る to smoke(e.g fire); to look hazy, けむ・い in 煙い smoky ポイ捨(す)て…

JLPT Mock Test #4

「   」のことばを ひらがなで どうかきますか? いちばんいいものを ひとつ えらんでください。 Note: Clicking the correct answer will show the word meaning.

漢字発見! #4

場所・ばしょ Place, location, spot, position 「場」is associated with PLACE. It can mean spot, ground, location, range, premise, field, scene and the like. Onyomi: ジョウ in 開場(かいじょう)opening; inauguration,  場外(じょうがい)out of bound; off the grounds, Kunyomi: ば in 場合(ばあい) case; situation, 場面(ばめん)scene, 乗り場(のりば)place to get onto a vehicle (バス乗り場、タクシー乗り場) 「所」 also means PLACE, location. It is also…