Kids Summer Program

We are happy to announce that we will have a kids program (age 12-16) this summer at the SCETA Japan Center. This summer …

イチゴ – Strawberries

Strawberries or ichigo are one of the most popular fruits in Japan.  Usually strawberries are in season around March and April.  We …

DCの桜 – DC Cherry Trees

In 1909 Mayor Ozaki of Tokyo suggested sending 2000 cherry trees to the U.S. as a gift.  First lady, Helen Herron Taft …

Practice Session

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

ひな飾り – Hinakazari

March 3rd is Hina-matsuri, and this photo is the Baskin-Robbins version of hinakazari. In Japan the parents of a young daughter commonly arrange what is called …

草枕 – Kusamakura

Sōseki Natsume (1867 – 1916) is a famous writer in Japan.  In his novel Kusamakura he said 智に働けば角が立つ。情に棹させば流される。意地を通せば窮屈だ。兎角に人の世は住みにくい。- 夏目漱石 My translation is below: If …

雪だるま – Snowman

Snowman is called yuki daruma in Japanese.  Usually Japanese yuki daruma is consist of two snow balls; head & body, whereas American snowman …

Sapporo Snow Festival

Every year a snow & ice festival is held in Sapporo, Hokkaido in February.  The festival started in 1950 and this year is …