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Chika

節分 – Setsubun

Setsubun literally means “dividing season” and it is the day before the beginning of spring according to the traditional East Asian calendar. …

Sushi Workshop

Time: TBA  (tentatively 2/2/18 or 2/9/18 Please let me know if you have a preference) I said “sushi workshop”, but it is …

七福神 – Seven Lucky Gods

In Japanese mythology the Seven Lucky Gods are worshiped as fortune bringers.  The Seven Lucky Gods are Hotei, Jurōjin, Fukurokuju, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, …

鏡開き – Kagami Biraki

Kagami biraki means “to open the mirror” in Japanese.  The mochi that was offered to Toshigami-sama as a Shōgatsu kazari is called …

Practice Session

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

福むすめ – Fuku Musume

The English translation of “fuku musume” would be “fortune girls”.  The Imamiya Ebisu Shrine in Osaka receives over 3000 applications per year …

謹賀新年 – Happy New Year

“謹賀新年” is read as kinga shinnen.  It means “happy new year” in Japanese, but it is only used as a written greeting for nengajo, …

大晦日 – New Year’s Eve 2017

New Year’s Eve is called Ōmisoka in Japanese.  Through the ages Japanese people have believed that the Shinto God, Toshigami will visit …

正月飾り – Shōgatsu Kazari

Shōgatsu kazari is the generic term of all types of Japanese New Year’s decorations.  Shōgatsu kazari is usually suggested to be put …

Tokyo Disney Christmas

If you are a Disney fan, visit Tokyo Disneyland during your trip to Japan.  These are photos of the Christmas event at …