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Namiko Abe

Updated Articles and Resources

By Namiko Abe

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Usagi to Kuma - Learn from a Story Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Stories are a fun material to help learn a language. I will introduce the story called, "Usagi to Kuma (Rabbit and Bear)", wchis is one of Japanese folk tales.
    • Mizuame no Doku – Learn from a Story Created: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, " Mizuame no Doku." Here is some useful vocabulary from the story.
    • Colors Created: Monday, December 13, 2010 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Learn basic Japanese language vocabulary for colors with audio files.
    • Catching Goldfish – Kingyo Sukui Created: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      Learn about Catching Goldfish (Kingyo Sukui), which is a popular activity at summer festivals in Japan.
    • Relatives of 1985 Japan Airlines plane crash victims mark 29th anniversary Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      Relatives of those who perished in a Japan Airlines plane crash that left 520 people dead hiked to the Osutaka Ridge in the Gunma Prefecture village of Ueno on Aug. 12 bearing flowers to mark the 29th anniversary of the tragedy.
    • Soumen – The Best Summer Food In Japan Created: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      When I go back to Japan, I always enjoy special foods that I haven't had in a while, but this time the best food that I tasted was the very basic dish of soumen (thin wheat flour noodles).
    • Danjo byoudou - Gender Equality Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Learn from a column about gender equality (danjo byoudou) from "Tensei Jingo" by Asahi Shinbun.
    • Summer Vacation Homework Created: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Japanese children are usually given some homework to do during summer vacation. Find out more.
    • Barley Tea – Mugicha Created: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Barley Tea (Mugicha) is often served cold and is a refreshing summer drink in Japan.
    • Radio Exercises - Rajio Taisou Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Radio exercises (rajio taisou), is a form of exercise most Japanese are familiar with. The instructions are synchronized to light piano music.
    • Symbols of Japanese Summer Created: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Japanese summer is hot and humid. Let's look at the symbols for the hot Japanese summer.
    • Hiroshi Sakurazaka shows his approval of "All You Need Is Kill" Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      "Edge of Tomorrow," which stars Tom Cruise is based on the novel "All You Need Is Kill" by award-winning author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. How did he look at the film "All You Need Is Kill"?
    • The Japanese and Umbrellas Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Japanese people don’t really like to get wet when it rains. That is one of the reasons that the consumption of umbrellas is very high in Japan. Read more about the Japanese and umbrellas.
    • The Japanese Convenience Store Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Japanese convenience stores are generally called "konbini", which is a short form of "konbiniensu sutoa". Learn about what makes the Japanese "konbini" special from ones in North America.
    • Sushi Socks Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      While Japanese are known for their love of sushi, an unusual fusion of sushi and footwear is proving equally popular with foreign tourists: "Sushi Socks."
    • Doyo Ushi No Hi Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Gifts from "Tiger Mask (Japanese Comic Heroes)" Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      I read in the news that orphanages and child welfare centers across Japan are receiving anonymous donations in the name of a comic superhero and other fictional characters.
    • Learn to Speak Japanese Created: Friday, January 19, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      You want to learn Japanese, but don't know where to start? This page directs you to where you should begin in order to speak Japanese.
    • Kayaributa Created: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Counting in Japanese Created: Friday, January 07, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Let's learn how to count in Japanese. Every language has a different way of counting objects; the Japanese use counters.
    • Specificity of Japanese Verbs Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. While there is only one verb used for a certain action in English, there might be several different verbs in Japanese.
    • Expressions of Desire Created: Monday, January 23, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      There are two ways to express desire or wish.
    • Conditional "~ba" form Created: Thursday, November 10, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      The conditional "~ba" form is a conjunction, which indicates that the preceding clause expresses a condition. Here are some examples.
    • The Tanabata Festival in Japan and the Tanabata Story Created: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      July 7th (or August 7th in some areas) is the Tanabata, or star festival, in Japan. People write their wishes on tanzaku (colorful small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo trees along with other decorations.
    • Tanabata - The Star Festival Created: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      July 7th is "Tanabata", the Star Festival in Japan. It is derived from a legend where Orihime (Star Vega) and Hikoboshi (Star Altair) are lovers separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.
    • Learn from a Story - Ari to Kirigirisu Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, "Ari to Kirigirisu." "Ari" means "ant", "kirigirisu" means "grasshopper".
    • Learn from a Story - Saru Kani Gassen Created: Sunday, May 25, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, "Saru kani Gassen." It is one of the most well known Japanese folk tales
    • The Most Frequently Used Kanji - Part 2 Created: Friday, February 12, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Are you interested in learning Japanese writing? Are you little overwhelmed about kanji, as there are more than a thousand of them? Here is a list of 100 most frequently used kanji in Japanese newspapers.
    • The Most Frequently Used Kanji - Part 1 Created: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Are you interested in learning Japanese writing? Are you little overwhelmed by kanji, as there are more than a thousand of them? Here is a list of 100 most frequently used kanji in Japanese newspapers.
    • Japanese Gestures Created: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Some of the gestures the Japanese use might be different from your culture's. Find out about sitting, beckoning, indicating yourself and banzai.
    • Writing Letters in Japanese Created: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      It will be useful to learn basic letter-writing skills to become a better student of Japanese.
    • Ari no mama de - The Japanese Version of "Let It Go" Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      The song "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Besides the original English version, it is dubbed into another 42 languages and dialects worldwide. Here is the Japanese version of "Let It Go" which translates into "Ari no mama de (As I am)".

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