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New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/the-problem-with-yes-in-japanese/The Problem with “Yes” in Japanese“Yes” is a simple word. In fact, its simplicity lends itself to misunderstandings when talking with a Japanese person. The reason is that the Japanese word “hai,” or ” はい” which means “yes,” is used in different ways than its English equivalent.
One of the main causes of confusion is …

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The Problem with “Yes” in Japanese

“Yes” is a simple word. In fact, its simplicity lends itself to misunderstandings when talking with a Japanese person. The reason is that the Japanese word “hai,” or ” はい” which means “yes,” is used in different ways than its English equivalent. One of the main causes of confusion is …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/kirigami-art-cutting-folded-paper/Kirigami 切り紙 - Art of Cutting Folded PaperWhile most westerners have probably heard of origami, or the art of paper folding, kirigami 切り紙 tends to be much less well known. Kirigami, comes from the Japanese words “kiru” meaning “to cut” and “gami” meaning “paper.” The name accurately describes it: the art of cutting paper which has been f…

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Kirigami 切り紙 - Art of Cutting Folded Paper

While most westerners have probably heard of origami, or the art of paper folding, kirigami 切り紙 tends to be much less well known. Kirigami, comes from the Japanese words “kiru” meaning “to cut” and “gami” meaning “paper.” The name accurately describes it: the art of cutting paper which has been f…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/senbazuru%e5%8d%83%e7%be%bd%e9%b6%b4-origami-paper-cranes/Senbazuru 千羽鶴 / Origami Paper CranesVisitors to Japan often comment on the strings of brightly-colored paper cranes left as offerings at shrines and temples all over the country. Even small Jizo statues tucked in sheltered corners may be decorated with origami cranes. These are given to the gods because there is a belief that…

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Senbazuru 千羽鶴 / Origami Paper Cranes

Visitors to Japan often comment on the strings of brightly-colored paper cranes left as offerings at shrines and temples all over the country. Even small Jizo statues tucked in sheltered corners may be decorated with origami cranes. These are given to the gods because there is a belief that…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/origami-traditional-japanese-craft/Origami - A Traditional Japanese Craft            A traditional Japanese craft that is easy to learn but which can be taken to extremes of artistic creation is origami 折り紙, the art of paper folding. The history is not clear, since folded paper is not easy to preserve, but there are references to origami which date back to the Heian P…

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Origami - A Traditional Japanese Craft

            A traditional Japanese craft that is easy to learn but which can be taken to extremes of artistic creation is origami 折り紙, the art of paper folding. The history is not clear, since folded paper is not easy to preserve, but there are references to origami which date back to the Heian P…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/win-trip-tohoku-japan/Win a trip to Tohoku Japan!The official Facebook Page of Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization is running a contest to win a trip to the Tohoku region of Japan. There are some other cool runner-up prizes that will be mailed. Contest runs through to August 15, 2014. First prize winner must be able to travel to Tohoku Japan …

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Win a trip to Tohoku Japan!

The official Facebook Page of Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization is running a contest to win a trip to the Tohoku region of Japan. There are some other cool runner-up prizes that will be mailed. Contest runs through to August 15, 2014. First prize winner must be able to travel to Tohoku Japan …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/shamisen-a-traditional-japanese-instrument/Shamisen - A Traditional Japanese InstrumentThe shamisen 三味線 is a traditional Japanese instrument often associated with bunraku puppet theater, kabuki theater, and geisha and maiko performances. It is also called a samisen or sangen somtimes. The name, shamisen, literally translates as “three strings,” referring to the three strings on the…

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Shamisen - A Traditional Japanese Instrument

The shamisen 三味線 is a traditional Japanese instrument often associated with bunraku puppet theater, kabuki theater, and geisha and maiko performances. It is also called a samisen or sangen somtimes. The name, shamisen, literally translates as “three strings,” referring to the three strings on the…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/service-english-word-means-japan/“Service” - What this English Word Means in Japan“Here is dessert. Service.”
Sometimes a Japanese person will use an English word with a visitor, but when the meaning has changed, there can be more confusion than if it were not used in the first place. “Service” is one such word that has entered common usage. In reality, the Japanese meaning is…

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“Service” - What this English Word Means in Japan

“Here is dessert. Service.” Sometimes a Japanese person will use an English word with a visitor, but when the meaning has changed, there can be more confusion than if it were not used in the first place. “Service” is one such word that has entered common usage. In reality, the Japanese meaning is…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/photo-collection-tokyo-metropolitan-government-building/Photo collection from Tokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingThe Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings consist of three main buildings which were completed in March, 1991. The main building’s towers both have observatories that are open to the public for free.  From the 45th floor, you have a beautiful panoramic views of the Tokyo metropolitan area. For …

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Photo collection from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings consist of three main buildings which were completed in March, 1991. The main building’s towers both have observatories that are open to the public for free.  From the 45th floor, you have a beautiful panoramic views of the Tokyo metropolitan area. For …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/typhoon-neoguri-lashes-ishigaki-island-okinawa/Typhoon Neoguri lashes Ishigaki Island, OkinawaTyphoons are a regular occurrence in Japan Typhoon. Neoguri lashes Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan on July 8, 2014 but damage was minimal. Fortunately most hotels are well equipped even for major typhoons like Neoguri. Even so, stock up on a few days of water and some food just to be safe in…

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Typhoon Neoguri lashes Ishigaki Island, Okinawa

Typhoons are a regular occurrence in Japan Typhoon. Neoguri lashes Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan on July 8, 2014 but damage was minimal. Fortunately most hotels are well equipped even for major typhoons like Neoguri. Even so, stock up on a few days of water and some food just to be safe in…

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Maiko Tomitsuyu in Gion, Kyoto, Japan. Night photo by Japanexperterna.se on flickr. Read more on Maiko and Geishas on Japanesesearch.com Maiko (geisha apprentice) Tomitsuyu in Gion, Kyoto

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Maiko Tomitsuyu in Gion, Kyoto, Japan. Night photo by Japanexperterna.se on flickr. Read more on Maiko and Geishas on Japanesesearch.com Maiko (geisha apprentice) Tomitsuyu in Gion, Kyoto