What class is this?

Posted on January 30, 2013 | genkijacs

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What is J-san doing in this class?
At Genki Japanese language school, students learn not only Japanese language but also Japanese culture. Today, some of them learned how to wrap things with furoshiki.

Wait, he wrapped himself :-) Ha ha, he was being silly!

Anyway, what is furoshiki? According to Wikipedia, Furoshiki (風呂敷, furoshiki) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Students also learned how to make a grocery shopping bag with furoshiki!

Nowadays you can buy cute, cool furoshiki at 100yen shop.

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Posted on January 29, 2013 | Aiko

A lot of student find it funny when they come across "Japlish" , which is "English used in Japan".

But the other day some words in Japanese caught my eye.

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Literally, "Piglet's poop".....

おもしろいですね。 I don't think you'll find that Japanese in this Japanese language school textbook!

Doll painting

Posted on January 16, 2013 | Aiko

Some students at Genki Japenese language school are not only studying Japanese but also experiencing Japanese culture.

As a part of the culture course, we painted Hakata dolls yesterday.

First, you choose a doll and start painting it with the colour you like.

These are the pictures of what the students painted yesterday.

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This is how they look from behind.

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And this is something different.

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みなさん、とても上手(じょうず)です!

How safe is Japan?

Posted on January 10, 2013 | evankirby

Here's a great story from one of our Japanese language school students, Mohammed-san, of how safe Japan really is:

Many people can't imagine how safe Japan is, but that's one of the big reasons that make me love this country and its people. I always tell my friends that Japan is so safe that you can leave your laptop or your bags at a cafe, and come back after one hour to find your stuff hasn't been touched.

One day recently I was running to catch the subway to school from Fujisaki station. Once I arrived at Akasaka station I realized I didn't have my wallet! I panicked because it had my Saudi driver license, ID card, bank cards and more than 130,000 yen (about 1,500 USD)!

So I talked with the little Japanese ability I had to the station staff that I lost my wallet in Fujisaki station, because the last time I used it was to buy a ticket there. He asked me my name and immediately contacted Fujisaki station, to find out that they had my wallet. I was asked to go and pick it up.

It turned out someone had picked it up and given it to the station staff. The station operator asked me to show proof of my name so I showed him my Genki Japanese language school timetable and I signed a paper to finally get my wallet. After I got it I checked and found all my money and cards were there. I was surprised because there is no place I could think of other than Japan where such a thing is possible! That's why I think every Japanese person should be proud of this.

Kagami Biraki

Posted on January 10, 2013 | Aiko

There is a traditional ceremony called "Kagami Biraki" on 11 Jan.

Literally translates to "Opening the Mirror or "Breaking of the Mochi" and we do this to thanks Gods and pray for the good health for the year.

We break Mochi ,which was stacked on a stand and placed in household Shito or Buddhist altar or tokonoma over the New Year holidays, into pieces before eating.

We also had the kagami mochi at Genkijacs so we did "Kagami Biraki" today, and ate them as a Japanese dessert "zenzai"(mochi in a sweet porridge of azuki beans).

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とてもおいしかったので たくさんたべました!!  ごちそうさまでした!