絵馬 – Ema

An ema is a wooden plate on which to write a wish or a prayer.  We offer money at a Shinto shrine …

Practice Session

Beginners welcome!!!  $10 for the first timer, $5 for the current students, $15 for others.  We practice speaking Japanese phrases.  Contact me …

明けましておめでとう

If you look up how to say “happy new year” in Japanese on Google, you will find “あけまして おめでとうございます”, and probably because …

正月飾り – Shōgatsu Kazari

Did you put up Shōgatsu kazari?  Are you ready for the New Year? Shōgatsu kazari is the generic term of all types of Japanese …

Christmas Bocchi

I mentioned in my Christmas post that most people in Japan celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We often hold a party with …

Christmas Dinner

Just as most American people eat turkey on Thanksgiving, many Japanese people eat KFC or some kind of chicken for Christmas dinner. …

クリスマス – Christmas

In Japan we love Christmas but it is not a national holiday.  Since Christianity is not the major religion in Japan, to …

Minion Yellow Christmas

Even though most Japanese people are not Christian, Christmas is very popular in Japan.  There are lots of special Christmas events all …

千羽鶴 – Senbazuru

Senbazuru literally means 1000 orizuru, but it does not have to be exactly 1000.  It just means to make many of them as …