[Image1][English/日本語]The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usu
[Image2][English/日本語]The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usu
[Image3][English/日本語]The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usu
[Image4][English/日本語]The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usu
[Image5][English/日本語]The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usu

The Olympics have finally arrived in Japan. Although the atmosphere is quieter than usual because of the Corona disaster, the people of Japan are excited by the heated competition every day. In this article, I would like to introduce the unique "event" culture of Japan.

Normally quiet people turn into different people! Traditional Festivals
In Japan, festivals are held all over the country in the summer. Festivals are popular events among foreign tourists, but it is often said that foreigners who see the festivities see something completely different from the usual Japanese. At Japanese festivals, people walk around the city lifting a small house of God called a "mikoshi" with many other people. The people walking with the mikoshi keep shouting loudly and sometimes collide with other mikoshi, to the point where it looks violent. Men, who normally wear suits, participate in the festival in only their underwear, almost naked. Also, perhaps because Japanese people feel more relaxed on festival days than usual, their manners become more lax and many people get into fights. A similar phenomenon is "Halloween". In the last decade, the number of people enjoying Halloween events has increased in Japan, but the bad manners have been in the news every year. It is said that Japanese people are usually very stressed. Festivals may be an outlet for that stress. Let's be careful when we participate!

Valentine's Day: The Chocolate Wars
In your country, who do you give Valentine's Day gifts to and what do you give them? If you ask our students the same question, they will answer, "I send a bouquet of flowers to a woman on Valentine's Day. This is not the case in Japan. In Japan, it is different. In Japan, Valentine's Day is a day for women to give chocolates to men. Therefore, from the end of January, department stores start to sell high-end chocolates. Men get nervous and restless on the morning of February 14th. Do you think men who get lots of chocolates are happy? Actually, I can't say I'm happy. What's more, there is a day on March 14 called "White Day" when you have to return the gifts you received on Valentine's Day. It is implicitly understood that on White Day, you should prepare a gift that is three times the price of the chocolate you received on Valentine's Day. Do you still want to receive chocolates?

Who do you spend Christmas with?
In your country, Christmas is an event to spend with whom? In Japan, it is popular as an event to spend with your lover. Also, Japanese people eat fried chicken instead of turkey on Christmas. And most of the people who celebrate Christmas are Buddhists. Christmas in Japan must be full of discomfort for foreigners. Then, on December 26, all the Christmas atmosphere in the city disappears, and all at once it becomes New Year's mode.

“Obon" to welcome the dead
In the middle of August, there is a day called "Obon" to welcome the dead. During Obon, families wash the graves and welcome the spirits of their ancestors into their homes. There is a mysterious doll that is made at that time. One is a "horse doll" with chopsticks attached to a cucumber, and the other is a "cow doll" with chopsticks attached to an eggplant. It is said that the spirits of the dead ride these "horses" back to their homes and "cows" back to the land of the dead. In some areas, lamps called lanterns are floated down the river to mourn the dead. The scenery is sad but beautiful. In your country, what do you do during Obon?

Have you learned anything new about events in Japan? In our school, we have seasonal events and activities. Learning about Japanese events is also a way to learn about the Japanese spirit. Please try to participate in them.



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Aug. 3, 2021
[English/日本語] August has arrived and the weather has been hot, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees Celsius every day. In this article, I would like to introduce the climate and natural phenomena of Japan. Are you surprised only at first? Earthquakes Japan is famous for its earthquakes, and the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, with a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale, caused tremendous damage. Although the Great East Japan Earthquake was a large scale earthquake, smaller earthquakes occur about 15 times a year in Tokyo. Therefore, some international students panic when they feel an earthquake for the first time after coming to Japan, but after experiencing it a few times, they get used to it and don't worry about it. Is this a good thing? You never know when a big earthquake will hit. "Don't think that this earthquake will be small, but be prepared to escape at any time. Students with abdominal pain in June Beware of the rainy season! Summer in Japan is not only hot, but also very humid and difficult to live with. June in particular is the rainy season. During the rainy season, the humidity is even higher, which makes it easier for food to spoil. I have heard many stories of foreign students getting food poisoning from eating food that has been stored in their rooms as it was when they were in their own countries. Please keep food in the refrigerator as much as possible and observe the expiration dates. Many people are addicted to kotatsu, a winter specialty. Winters in Japan are cold. In snowy countries, houses are built for winter and you can stay warm, but this is not the case in Tokyo. That's where the "Kotatsu" comes in. Have you ever heard of a kotatsu? It is a table with a heater. There are many international students who are addicted to the kotatsu. The kotatsu is warm and covered with a futon, so it is not uncommon to hear stories of people falling asleep while doing their homework. If you come to Japan, please try it at least once. You will never be able to get out of the kotatsu. Onset from the second year! Hay fever Many people suddenly develop hay fever in their second year of studying in Japan. In Japan, cedar pollen starts to fly all over the country around mid-January. Many people suffer from hay fever due to the pollen, and once you have it, you can't get rid of it unless you get special treatment. It is said that one in four Japanese suffer from hay fever. The main symptoms of hay fever are sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. If you have hay fever in Japan, you should go to a hospital and get some medicine. Did you all understand about the climate and natural phenomena in Japan? Our school holds a disaster drill once a year. In this drill, we receive instructions from the local fire department so that we can evacuate calmly in case of a big earthquake. Our school supports students to live in the dormitory with peace of mind. We are looking forward to your enrollment. 8月に入り、連日30度をこえる暑い日が続いています。今回は日本の気候や自然現象についてご紹介します。 驚くのは最初だけ? 地震 日本は地震が多い国で有名です。2011年の東日本大震災はマグニチュード9.0の地震があり、甚大な被害をもらたらしました。東日本大震災は規模の大きい地震ですが、小さい地震の場合、東京だと1年に15回程度起こります。そのため、留学生は日本に来て初めて地震を感じたとき、パニックになってしまう人もいますが、数回経験すると慣れてしまい、地震が起きても何も気にしなくなります。このことはいいことでしょうか?大きい地震はいつ来るかわかりません。「また小さい地震かな?」と思わずに、いつでも逃げられるように準備はしておきましょう。 6月に腹痛を起こす学生たち 梅雨に注意! 日本の夏は暑いだけではなく、湿度も高く、過ごしにくいです。特に6月は雨の季節です。雨の季節はさらに湿度が高くなるので、食べ物が腐りやすくなります。自分の国にいたときのように、食材を部屋にそのまま保存してしまい、それを食べた留学生が食中毒になる話はよく聞きます。賞味期限や消費期限はきちんとまもり、なるべく冷蔵庫で保管するようにしてください。 はまる人多数 冬の名物「こたつ」 日本の冬は寒いです。雪国の場合は家が冬用になっており、あたたかく過ごせますが、東京はそうではありません。そこで人気なのが「こたつ」です。みなさんは「こたつ」をご存知ですか?ヒーターのついたテーブルです。このこたつにはまってしまう留学生はとても多いです。あたたかいうえに、布団がかけられているので、ついついこたつで宿題をしながら寝てしまったという話もよく聞きます。日本に来たらぜひ一度は体験してみてください。あなたはこたつから出られなくなってしまいますよ。 2年目から発症! 花粉症 留学生活2年目になると急に発症する人が多いのが「花粉症」。日本では1月中旬ごろになると、全国にスギの花粉が飛び始めます。その花粉のせいで花粉症に苦しむ人が大勢います。1回発症してしまったら、特別な治療を受けない限り治りません。花粉症は日本人の4人に1人は発症してるとも言われています。(東京では2人に1人)花粉症の主な症状はくしゃみ・鼻水・目のかゆみです。日本に来て発症してしまったら、病院に行って薬をもらいましょう。 みなさん日本の気候や自然現象について理解できましたか?本校では1年に1回防災訓練を実施しております。この防災訓練では大きい地震が起きても冷静に避難できるように、地元の消防署から指導を受けます。本校では安心して寮生活を送れるようにサポートしています。みなさまの入学お待ちしております。
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[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!