Both in Japan and Thailand, people believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Our religion, Buddhism, is based on animism belief, thus we believe everything has spirits. They are not entirely harmful supernatural beings. Most of them are good spirits, often called gods, who protect us from evils. Strong connections to spirits in [...]
HAJIMEMASHITE Kazue DESU. DOUZO YOROSHIKU!!
Hello everyone!! My name is Kazue Saito. I’m the new Japanese Language Assistant from Sendai City of Miyagi prefecture in Japan. It takes about 2 hours to go to the north of Tokyo by Shinkansen. Sendai City has a famous festival in August. We call it “TANABATA-MATSURI.” I posted [...]
Hi! I’m Ayaka. It’s so exciting to come back to Willamette again this year! I’m a senior, majoring in Sociology and this is my second and last year at WU. I have a little unique background. I am Japanese, but when I was one and a half years old, I moved to Thailand. Most of [...]
Hi everyone! My name is Junko from Japan. I came to the States as a one-year exchange student in 2007 and transferred to WU in 2009 so this is my third year living in Oregon. heehee : ) My three years in Oregon have been just fabulous and I guess it will be tough [...]
Once I was amazed that whenever people mention the “Japanese food” or “Japan”, Sushi is always the first thing coming up in their mind.I admit Sushi is popular in Japan too, but I hope the idea of healthy Japanese food is not based on Sushi. Although Sushi seems to be fresh and low-calorie, Sushi [...]
Baseball has been a national sport in Japan for quite a bit of time. We used to have “the baseball boys” who had practiced since middle school and dreamed that someday they would become professional players. But now football or soccer has replaced the baseball and there are those “soccer boys” who have practiced soccer [...]
First I would like to thank whoever “Pisipisi” me to show their support for the Willamette World News. It reminds me that last year some people danced and sang “Chocolate Disco” to show their support toward V-day’s articles. What is “Chocolate Disco”? It is a cute song about interactions between girls and boys on Valentine’s [...]
I都市伝説(toshi densetsu) is initially just a story which has been told among people. As the time passes, the story becomes more scary and always involves “the ghost,” or something we can’t explain.
I do not really know how this transition occurred, but it is not hard to guess that people tend to make stories more exciting [...]
It is fall.
Fall in Japan is a season that represents sports and food, and we have a phrase: スポーツの秋 (Sports no Aki where Aki = fall)、食欲の秋 (Shokuyoku no Aki where Shokuyoku = appetite).
It is sensible to consider fall as the time of eating, and it probably comes from agricultural perspectives, but how come it is [...]
Ask the Japanese “What season is autumn for?”
They would say “”autumn is the season for sports.”
Another says “autumn is the season for eating.”
Maybe “autumn is the season for reading”
Or “autumn is the season for arts”
Hi~everyone, How was the summer???
Say, let me start a short introduction here, for those who don’t know me, and for those who know me but don’t remember exactly who I am. I’m Yu Senzaki, I’ve been writing this blog since last year and i’m an international student from Japan.You probably won’t see me around Campus [...]
It took me a long time to write this last article partially because the word “last”, which has a magical power, made me felt I have to write something special.
However, it’s mostly because the jet lag had runied my days.
The first few days after I backed to Japan, I kept sleeping at 3pm and woke [...]
Hi~ How was everyone’s spring break? I went down to L.A. for the Spring TaB, and protested against companies on the street. I lost my voice because of yelling too much during the protesting. After few days I was able to speak, but my friend said I sound like a 40 years old businessman. Now [...]
Over the last 20 years, many women have started working after graduating from college. This is probably because the 10-year-recession has forced women to work after their husband’s wages were cut again and again. However, it is still very common for women to get married instead of working right after graduation. Mainly this is because [...]