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Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions

Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions

Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe … Read More

Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions
Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe
Your Complete Guide to Japanese Sake
Want to learn more about Japanese culture as you take Japanese lessons? Then you should explore different types of Japanese cuisine and Japanese beverages (if you are of age). Sake is a popular Japanese beverage, and luckily, if you're unable to travel to Japan, you can enjoy certain types of sake in the United States...  So next time you head out to eat sushi, you'll be able to order and enjoy sake like a pro. Here's everything you need to know about Japanese sake. What is Sake? Althou
Quiz: What Country Were You Meant to Live In?
Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t REALLY belong in the land of big macs and slurpees? Sure, you love living in the land of opportunity and there are things in the U.S. that you couldn't imagine living without. That being said, you’re ready for a change. Don’t worry, there’s a country that perfectly matches your personality—no matter how quirky or eccentric you are. Take this fun and easy quiz to see where you should live. Before you pack your bags and board a plane to Ita
Believe it or Not: 16 Bizarre Japanese Superstitions
Every culture has its own set of legends, myths, and superstitions, and Japan is no exception. Japanese culture dates all the way back to 35,000 BC., and so do some Japanese urban legends. From good luck omens to supernatural animals, here are 16 bizarre Japanese superstitions. Inanimate Objects Have Spirits Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, like dolls, have spirits. There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Jap
Jet Set to Japan: The Top 10 Japan Travel Blogs
If you're studying Japanese, you may be preparing for an upcoming trip to Japan. Traveling to Japan is an unforgettable experience, but if you want to make the most of your trip, you have to prepare in advance. Here are 10 Japan travel blogs to help you plan ahead for your upcoming trip. 1. Only in Japan Only in Japan covers nearly every popular and traditional aspect of the country and culture. From manga to beaches to backpacking, you will be well prepared for your trip if you read th

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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