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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jul. 19, 2021
[English/日本語] Things that Surprised Foreign Students When They Came to Japan: Shops (2) This time, I would like to introduce you to some of the "stores" in the city. Bookstores are full of manga, contents that even adults can enjoy What kind of books are available in bookstores in your country? When a foreigner enters a Japanese bookstore, he or she is surprised to see how many manga are available. Manga is one of Japan's most famous subcultures in the world, and I often hear that people are surprised to find that even adults read manga. The famous Doraemon and Dragon Ball are works for children, but there are also many works for adults. For example, there are stories about businessmen succeeding in their jobs or lawyers playing an active role in court. There are also children who study by reading historical and scientific cartoons. Students at the University of Tokyo, which is famous for its high academic achievement, are also encouraged to study manga. It may be a little difficult for those who have just started studying Japanese, but please pick up a manga. You may find your world expanding. Shocking ticket prices! Movie theaters I often hear stories of international students who wanted to go see a movie, went to the movie theater, and then gave up on seeing it. Why is that? It's because the ticket price is too high. In most student countries, it costs less than 1000 yen to see a movie. In Japan, however, an adult ticket costs as much as 1,800 yen to see a movie. That's why people give up watching movies. It varies a little from theater to theater, but if you choose a day when women are cheap or a service day, you can see a movie for about 1,000 yen. Check out the cheap days before you go. Seven Wonders of the Restaurant The salt piled up like Mt. Fuji at the entrance of a restaurant...the flying forks and fake food in the showcase...the small towels served when you sit down...the food that comes to you even though you didn't ask for it... To a foreigner, there are many strange things about Japanese restaurants. ・The salt piled up like Mt. Fuji at the entrance is to pray for business prosperity. ・The flying forks and fake food in the showcase are called "food samples". These are models of food made of wax or synthetic resin. They are very popular among foreign tourists, and many people buy small key chains and other items as souvenirs. ・A small towel is called an "oshibori". A small towel called "oshibori" is used to wipe your hands before eating. ・A dish that you didn't order but which is already ordered... This dish is called "otoshi" and is brought to your table when you enter a restaurant that serves alcohol, such as an izakaya (Japanese style pub), even if you didn't order it. The price is about 300 to 500 yen. Have you learned a little about Japanese restaurants? Our school's library has not only a wide variety of books for reading, but also a wide variety of manga, which can be checked out. Let's use manga to understand Japanese culture and go out on the town! 留学生が日本に来て驚いたこと ~お店編②~ 今回も街の中にある「お店」についてご紹介します。 書店が漫画だらけ 大人も楽しめるコンテンツ みなさんの国の書店にはどんな本が置いてありますか?外国人が日本の書店に入り、驚くのはその漫画の多さです。漫画は日本のサブカルチャーとして世界でも有名ですが、大人まで漫画読んでいることにびっくりしたという話はよく聞きます。有名なドラえもんやドラゴンボールなどは子ども向けの作品ではありますが、大人向けの作品も多くあります。例えば、サラリーマンが仕事で成功する話や弁護士が裁判で活躍する話などです。また、歴史漫画や科学漫画を読んで勉強する子どももいます。学力が高いことで有名な東京大学の学生も漫画での勉強をすすめています。日本語を勉強したばかりの人には少し難しいかもしれませんが、ぜひ手にとってみてください。あなたの世界が広がるかもしれません。 チケット代にびっくり!映画館 映画を見に行きたいと言った留学生が映画館まで行って、見るのを諦めたという話をよく聞きます。なぜでしょうか。それはチケットの値段が高いからです。ほとんどの学生の国では映画を見るのに1000円もかかりません。しかし、日本で映画を見るとき、大人の料金は1800円もかかります。それで映画を見るのを諦めてしまうのです。映画館によって少し異なりますが、女性が安い日やサービスデーなどを選べば1000円くらいで見られる日もあります。安い日をチェックしてから行ってみましょう。 レストランの七不思議 レストランの入り口に富士山のように盛られた塩…ショーケースの空飛ぶフォークと偽物の料理…席に座ると出される小さなタオル…頼んでいないのに運ばれてくる料理…。外国人にとって日本のレストランには奇妙なことがたくさんあります。 ・入り口に富士山のように盛られた塩→商売繁盛を祈るもの。 ・ショーケースの空飛ぶフォークと偽物の料理→「食品サンプル」と呼ばれるもの。蝋や合成樹脂で作られた料理の模型。外国人観光客にとても人気があり、小さいキーホルダーなどはお土産で買う人も多い。 ・小さなタオル→「おしぼり」と呼ばれるもの。食べる前に手を拭くときに使われる。 ・頼んでいないのに注文されている料理…「お通し」と呼ばれる料理で、主に居酒屋などお酒を出す店では、お店に入ると注文をしていなくてもテーブルに運ばれてくる。値段は300円~500円くらい。 みなさん日本の店について少しわかりましたか?本校の図書館には多読の本だけではなく、漫画も豊富にそろっており、貸し出しも行っております。漫画で日本文化を理解し、街に繰り出してみましょう!
  • Japan
  • Japanese-language school
  • Life in Japan
  • Subculture
  • Manga
  • Food model crafts
  • Izakaya
  • Etiquette
  • Cinema

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