By Shotaro Kumano, Japanese Language Assistant On election day, I was on campus watching the ballots being counted on TV with my friends. I still remember what the atmosphere was like after the President of the United States was decided. Many of the people had feelings of fear, sadness, anger at that time. And, at […]
By Shotaro Kumano Equality requires that all kinds of people, tribes, and countries are fair in every way. That includes discrimination and war, things that gives people pain which shouldn’t exist in this world. Sadly, some people still discriminate, so that’s why there is still such war and disparity in each country.
By Shotaro Kumano Fashion is very important for Japan because it is one of the best ways for Japanese people to express themselves. Fashion trends change in an instant every year and Japanese people are very attuned to it. College students, especially, focus on fashion.
By Shotaro Kumano 1. Opening the door for the next person: People on this campus always pause to open the door for next person. In Japan, sometimes people do this, but not so kindly. I think one of the reasons for this is because Japan has automatic doors everywhere. So, we don’t get the chance to open the […]
By Shotaro Kumano In Japan, trend and culture have been changing quickly. Convenience machines, or vending machines have also been evolving. There are vending machines everywhere in Japan. As you can see in the article, “The Wild and Wonderful World of Japanese Vending Machines,” vending machines are essential for people in Japan, and not just to buy a drink but […]
Hi, my name is Naoko Matsuo. I’m from Tokyo, Japan. This is a very small city, but a lot of people live in there.
Hi all, Food Food Food! I am sorry I was so excited about this topic. Since I came to US, have met people who live all over the world and like Japanese food like Sushi, Sashimi and Udon. However today I am going to tell you about Japanese foods that you do not know yet, […]
Hi Everyone. Today’s topic is immigration. I think everyone is interested in this topic. What do you have the image of immigration to Japan? How many people do immigrate to Japan in a year? Where do people move into Japan from? Why did they come to settle in Japan? What are they doing for their […]
Hi All! This topic is art.Art is not a part of my life. I have not learned Japanese art in school. So I just know a few of the Japanese arts. But I want to tell you that Japanese arts are interesting and beautiful. I am telling you about Japanese traditional art like Ukiyoe, Karesansui and […]
Hi All, How do you become friends with a stranger? How do you make a good strong connection with your friends? What do you do with your friends? Do you usually argue with friends, or not? What do you talk about with your friends? I think you already realized this week’s topic: it’s friendship.
Hi everyone, What kind of music do you like? What kind of music do you usually listen to? Maybe some of you reading my entry are listening to your favorite music right now! As you can guess, this week’s topic is music. What is your image of Japanese music?
Hello everyone, Education is a topic that influences the future of each country. I would like to talk about the current educational system of Japan, major differences between Japanese schools and American schools and the current problems in education.
Hello everyone! How are you doing? I think this topic is interesting for most women. This topic is weddings. I’ll talk about preparation before the wedding and Japanese wedding ceremonies in the past and today.
Hi all! How are you doing? This topic is Remembrance: How do you think of the dead? I would like to talk about traditional Japanese rites and holidays that take place to honor the memory of deceased relatives and ancestors.
Hello everyone! My name is Rie Maeda. I am the Japanese language assistant. My hometown is Ibaraki, which is close to Tokyo, about 40 minutes away by train.
I have been working at Willamette University as the Japanese Language Assistant for two years. I like this beautiful University a lot. I met many people and have a lot of precious memories here. My meaning of beautiful is including every one of those things.
Japanese Fashion… There are many kinds of fashion in Japan just as in other countries. Many people are interested in Fashion with own sense. The trend in clothes is changing quickly. So it is difficult to catch up on time.
What kind of Japanese food do you like best? I like almost all Japanese foods. But it is hard to tell you all Japanese foods here. Can you guess what is salty and tasty Japanese food? It is UME(Japanese plum). I am going to talk about UME (Japanese plum) for this time.
I had a great winter time here in the US. Usually we don’t celebrate Christmas as big as the US does in Japan. We tend to celebrate New Year’s Day bigger than Christmas. We do decorate Christmas trees and light some places up. But after Christmas day, we clean them up and start preparing for […]
The first thing that comes readily to mind when I think of Japan is its seasons. There are many countries that have 4 seasons. But I think that Japan is a country in which more people recognize and live daily life in accordance with the seasons. I would like to tell you about events that […]
I want to share the things that Japanese people often use in their social life. Of course we use many things that are the same that you use in your country. This time, I will tell you about three things: Japanese cell phones, trains, and vending machines.
These says, we are trying to save and protect the environment all around the world. There are many campaigns to live sustainably and preserve the environment in Japan as well. I would like to tell you about some things being done by many citizens in Japan.
Everyone likes to laugh. And laughter has the power to makes others happy! But humor has different inclinations depending on the country or even the person. This time, I chose to write about Japanese comedians as our national icons, because a country’s comedy or sense of humor is usually not well known outside of the […]