Road2Gold

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Lil’ bit of culture

on May 22, 2012

Konnichiwa! Welcome to Road2Gold!

Today, I will tell you about one of the many things I want to do before I kick the bucket. (And when I do, it will soar! 🙂 )

I would like to go to Japan.

 

About four or five years ago, I studied Japan in school. I started learning the Japanese language, about their culture, and stuff like that. I found a site that would put the Japanese words and letters and numbers into songs to make it easier.

A year later at DOZ Camp (DOZ is an org. that praises God with dance.), I met a girl from Japan! The next year, I met another Japanese girl. Last year, another! This year there will be yet another.

Last year, in March, the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. I was worried sick for my friends. But thankfully, they were okay. Thank God!

Their language is difficult to learn. There are no similarities to English or Latin. But I am learning and I’m going to teach you a few words right now!

Hello/good afternoon      こんにちは                   konnichiwa

Good morning                   おはようございます     ohiogozaymus

Good evening                   こんばんは                    konbanwa

Thank you                          ありがとう                   arigato

Bathroom                       バスルーム                   basurūmu

Goodbye                           さようなら                    sayonara

Who                                    誰が                                darae ga

What                                  何                                     nani

Where                               どこ                                 doko

When                                時                                      toki

How                                  方法                                 hoho (like Santa)

Are                                   です                                  Desu

You                                  あなた                              anata

Me/I                                私を                                  watashi wo/wa

 

 

So there is your “little” Japanese lesson for today.

The only reason I am iffy about going to Japan is the food. The dishes will usually contain noodles, fish, soup, sushi, and much more! I am not a sushi or fish person, but I love Miso Soup. It is a soup that has Wakame (a type of seaweed) in it. It’s great!

 

 

 

Desserts are yummy too!

Also, there are multiple types of drawing or art in Japan. The two I know of are Anime, and then there’s your Japanese paintings which are very detailed.

Anime is an art form that is cartoonish but somewhat detailed rather than other cartoons you’d see on PBS Kids. In the 40’s, just after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Osamu Tezuka stepped forward in all the horrible and fresh memories and established the manga artist.  He created Tetsuwan Atomu. And Astro-Boy was born! Well, not really. Astro-Boy wasn’t “born”, he’s a robot.

Other versions of anime like chibi have been introduced over the years.

The realistic side of Japanese arts are detailed, interesting, and quite old. Many artists had drawn Mount Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan). A famous painting is the Katsushika Hokusai.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully, I will go someday.

Sayonara! (for now)

#1kid (Bango ichi no kodomo)

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6 responses to “Lil’ bit of culture

  1. Leslie OBrien says:

    When you go, maybe I can stow away in your suitcase and eat all the sushi for you! 🙂

  2. PJ Sharon says:

    What a great introduction to the Japanese language and culture. Thanks for sharing your dream with us. I’m betting you get there someday!

  3. sarah audet says:

    Ohio Audrey. I love Japan. Its ichibon! Great blog!

  4. li9ly says:

    Thats so japanish and cool great job .i love anime like samiri jack

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