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12 Japanese Holidays and Celebrations [Infographic]

12 Japanese Holidays and Celebrations [Infographic]

From January through December, there are many Japanese holidays and special occasions you can participate in. If you're taking Japanese lessons, make sure you get in on the fun! This is a great way to practice your skills in an authentic, cultural setting. Get ready to mark your calendar! Here are 12 Japanese celebrations you should remember. 12 Japanese Holidays & Celebrations Ganjitsu - New Year's Day January 1st People around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year's … Read More

12 Japanese Holidays and Celebrations [Infographic]
From January through December, there are many Japanese holidays and special occasions you can participate in. If you're taking Japanese lessons, make sure you get in on the fun! This is a great way to practice your skills in an authentic, cultural setting. Get ready to mark your calendar! Here are 12 Japanese celebrations you should remember. 12 Japanese Holidays & Celebrations Ganjitsu - New Year's Day January 1st People around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year's
Bet You Didn't Know: 45 Fun Facts About Japan [In Pictures]
Every culture has its own set of perks, quirks, and interesting facts, and Japan is no exception. So whether you're planning a trip, taking language lessons, or you just want to learn some facts about Japan, check out this fun, interactive slideshow. From facts about food to the lifestyle and the land, here are 45 things you probably didn't know about Japan.     Now that you've learned some interesting facts about Japan, is there anything you found shocking or
4 Fun, Easy Ways to Practice Speaking Japanese
Looking for more ways to practice speaking Japanese? Whether you're an intermediate Japanese student or you just started taking Japanese lessons, these tips from Brighton, MA teacher Kaoru N. will boost your confidence in your Japanese conversation skills... Real-life language skills are often very different from the skills you learn from a textbook or in a classroom. Think about your own language, you didn’t just learn in class; you engaged in conversations and used your language in real
Japanese for Beginners: 5 Study Tips That Work
Although learning a new language is a gradual process, there are things you can do to make the learning experience easier and more rewarding. Language teacher Carol Beth L. shares the best ways to learn Japanese for beginners... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start with the basics and lay a firm foundation. Here are a few tips that will help you on your quest to learn Japanese. 1) Write in Hiragana and Katakana The Japanese writing system is very different from E
Japanese Vocabulary: 10 Animals in Japanese
If you're taking Japanese lessons, you've probably learned the basics like greetings and phrases. So, let's get into some fun Japanese vocabulary. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Kaoru N. teaches you the names for common animals in Japanese... 1. Inu - ? / ?  - Dog Humans and dogs have a special bond, and just like in the rest of the world, dogs are important animals in Japanese. There are two kanji letters for "dog," but the second one is less common, and only used when it’s part o

Japanese in San Francisco

Thinking of taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco? You may be more than five thousand miles away from Japan, but you’re actually in a fantastic city to start your language-learning adventure! With immigrants from all directions pouring in over the course of its history, San Francisco has always been a diverse city. The Japanese are among these groups, and their influence can still be seen in the Japanese language and cultural activities in the Bay Area. If you're taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, here are some of the many great places to have fun, experience the Japanese culture, and enhance your learning.

Japantown is one of the best places to experience Japanese culture and history in the Bay Area. Japantown was the center of a large portion of the Japanese immigrant community following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Japantown remains the go-to spot in San Francisco for Japanese restaurants, stores, and cultural events. Check the website (http://sfjapantown.org. ) for a restaurant and store directory, and to find out about upcoming events.

One of the best ways to improve your Japanese speaking skills is to practice with other Japanese Speakers. The Japanese-English Toastmasters (JET) club meets a few times each month at the Japan Society of Northern California. Toastmasters International is a non-profit, community-oriented public speaking group with clubs across the United States. Members practice leadership and public speaking, and receive valuable feedback from their peers. Visit the Toastmasters website (http://7025.toastmastersclubs.org/) to find meetings and events near you.

San Francisco also hosts the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival for two weekends every April. The event includes a parade, beauty contest, and cultural activities such as doll making, origami, music, and ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). Check out the website (http://sfcherryblossom.org ) for more information.

The Japan Society of Northern California (http://www.usajapan.org) is another great resource for Japanese events, and cultural and historical information. The non-profit organization works to promote cultural awareness and understanding, and to strengthen the connection between the United States and Japan.

If you’re looking to meet some new friends while you’re taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, join the Moriagarii group. The Meetup group organizes language-exchange events in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Mateo. There are also several other Japanese Meetup groups in the Bay Area; search the website to find a fun group near you.

If you’re interested in Japanese lessons in San Francisco, take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities to connect with the Japanese community. Not only will you have more fun, you may even meet some new friends who will help you learn the Japanese language.

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