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-New Semester 新学期(しんがっき)-

Posted by: skumano | August 31, 2016 Comments Off on -New Semester 新学期(しんがっき)- |

ひさしぶり!!Long time no see !!


How was the summer vacation ??

Japanese Class

So many thing is coming which is related to Japanese culture !!!


See you soon everybody !!



熊野 翔太郎

Shotaro Kumano





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Donation for Kyushu

Posted by: esu | April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Donation for Kyushu |

-Donation for Kyushu-

Powerful earthquakes hit southern part of Japan(Kumamoto)
The biggest magnitude was 7.3. Buildings were badly damaged, and at least 48 people were killed at present.
They need help !!

ASP’s are gathering donation for Kumamoto

Donation Date 4/22 11:45 – 12:45pm Goudy
4/23 12:00 – 5:00pm Wulapalooza












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Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossoms festival)

Posted by: skumano | April 4, 2016 Comments Off on Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossoms festival) |


桜が散りました。 Cherry Blossoms are gone !!

However, Sakura Matsuri happened on 4/2.

And, the event gave cherry blossoms to our heart.









JSSL members, Organize leaders works very hard to hold this event.

And, all visiters got smile though this event.



Next Sakura Matsuri will be on next year !!!!!!




熊野 翔太郎



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Fashion Culture of Japan

Posted by: skumano | March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion Culture of Japan |

Thank you for coopolating for WWN of Fashion Culture for college student of Japan !!!!
Sakura Adachi, Riri Otsuka, Yuka Ishii, Erika Suzuki, Koki Ebirase

Fashion Culture of Japan


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ASP arriving

Posted by: skumano | February 10, 2016 Comments Off on ASP arriving |









Finally,  ASP students arrived to Willamette !


Make a lot of new ASP friends !

It’s good for ASPs and you guys !!



Eat lunch, dinner together !  Join to same organization !  Talk to ASPs !!!!!




Have a nice day :)





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New Semester !!

Posted by: skumano | January 20, 2016 Comments Off on New Semester !! |

A Happy New Year !!







This time, I introduce about new year things of Japan.

Ringing the Old Year Out

Japanese consider December 31 a very important day, and it’s not unusual for people to stay up all night on this occasion. Old customs related to the last day of the year continue in many regions of Japan, but one of the most popular, which started in the Edo period (1603–1868), is eating soba buckwheat noodles. People eat soba on December 31, either for dinner or as an evening snack, to wish for a life that’s as long as the long, skinny noodles they’re eating. Eating soba past midnight, however, is to be avoided as this is believed to bring bad luck.


As midnight nears, the air is filled with the deep sound of temple bells being rung. The bells are rung 108 times as the old year fades out and the new year comes in. One explanation for the bell-ringing is that this is done to forswear the 108 human desires. Some temples allow ordinary people to ring their bells. Try it if you have the opportunity.
First Sunrise, First Prayer for Good Fortune in the New Year

In Japan, sunrise on New Year’s Day is believed to have special supernatural powers, and praying to the first sunrise of the year has become a popular practice since the Meiji era (1868–1912). Even today, crowds gather on mountaintops or beaches with good views of the sunrise to pray for health and family wellbeing in the new year. Another custom still observed today is visiting a temple or shrine at New Year’s. Even people who do not ordinarily go to shrines or temples in everyday life go at New Year’s to pray for their health and their families’ happiness. Many young women take this opportunity to dress up in vividly colored kimono, a touch that adds to the festive atmosphere. When praying at a Shinto shrine, the usual way is to bow twice, clap hands twice, and then bow once more. At a Buddhist temple, one simply places the palms of the hands together in silent prayer, with no clapping.

A few days after Christmas, the entrances to many homes, stores and buildings in Japan are decorated with a pine and bamboo kadomatsu. This decoration is prepared to welcome the Shinto gods and derives from the Shinto belief that the god spirits reside in trees. Furthermore, the display of pine, which stays green even in winter, and bamboo, which grows quickly and is ramrod-straight, expresses the desire to obtain virtue and strength to overcome adversity.


Entrances to ordinary homes are decorated with a shimenawa braided straw rope. Like the kadomatsu, it signifies that the home has been purified in order to welcome the gods.

After the New Year’s Eve temple bells have sounded and the first temple or shrine visit of the new year is made, many people return home to eat the o-sechi traditional foods at a meal for the whole family. O-sechi foods were originally offerings to the Shinto gods, but they are also “lucky” foods intended to bring happiness to the family. Each of the ingredients has a special significance, and the foods are prepared so that they will keep over the entire New Year period, which lasts nearly a week (Preparing foods that will keep for a while was also, in the past, intended to reduce work for housewives).


Someday, you should come to Japan in new year !!!










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Japanese Movie Night

Posted by: skumano | November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Japanese Movie Night |


Movie Night is coming this Saturday !

Win a tour of the


Novemver 7th


Ford Hall  World Language Studio (Might be change the location if many people comes)


I’m looking forward to seeing you guys at that time !!!!





熊野 翔太郎(くまの しょうたろう)



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How to feel Japanese Culture

Posted by: skumano | October 19, 2015 Comments Off on How to feel Japanese Culture |








This time, I’ll give you information about how to feel Japanese Culture at Willamette.

Do you know JSSL (Japan Studies Student Leaders・日本研究学生リーダー)?

I think this organization is good for you :)



We are organization open to all students interested in Japan, with the purpose of organizing engaging academic activities centered around Japanese culture, society, and language for the Willamette, American Studies Program (ASP), and Salem communities.  JSSL creates a sense of community among members by ensuring that every member can particpate in all events with or without prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese culture.  We expend our educational interests with the support of Tokyo International University of America, the Japanese and Chinese Studies Departments, the Center for Asian Studies, and American Studies Program, acting as resource for Willamette students to broaden their understanding of Japan and the connections between Japan, the US, and the world.


You can join whenever you want.  They have a lot of event which is going to be fun for you.

Currently event


-Otsukimi Night(moon night)-




We made a rice dumplings called Tsukimi Dango in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon.

Tsukimi or Otsukimi, literally moon-viewing, also known as Jugoya, refers to Japanese festivals honoring the autumn moon, a version of the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The celebration of the full moon, a version of the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The cerebration of the full moon typically takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar; the waxing moon is celebrated on the 13th day of the ninth month.



-Nagashi Somen-



Nagashi Somen means Flowing Somen.

Somen is Japanese noodle made of wheat flour and salts, which is very thin and white.

Flowing Somen is called “Nagashi Somen” or Spemn Nagashi” on Japanese.

At Flowing Somen.  Somen are put in water flowing along a long bamboo gutter.

You catch the noodles with your chopsticks, dip them in a cool broth, and eat them.

Flowing Somen brings you fun and cools taste at party lunch in summer season.





JSSL has many event !! Must be fun !!

Why don’t you join us !!!




Shotaro Kumano





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Japanese Class & Tutoring

Posted by: skumano | September 29, 2015 Comments Off on Japanese Class & Tutoring |


How are you guys ?


What did you do last weekend?


And, I just want to say HAPPY TUESDAY !!


It’s already 1 month passed since new semester started.

I hope that your adventure is going well.


Japanese classes is also having great moments.

-Japanese Class, JAPN 331, 430  Reading & Grammar-










The classes are so much fun.

If you are interested in Japanese even a little bit, I recommend to have Japanese class !!

If you are already taking classes, let’s have splendid semester !!



And, if you have any problem, question for Japanese or want to practice Japanese,  come to my tutoring.


-Tutoring Shift-


Date : Every Monday and Thursday

Time : 3pm to 6pm

Place : Ford


You can talk, do Calligraphy, fold Origami, have a fun !!!!





熊野 翔太郎

Kumano Shotaro






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Japanese Coversation Class and be friend with ASP’s

Posted by: skumano | September 18, 2015 Comments Off on Japanese Coversation Class and be friend with ASP’s |



Happy Friday !! :)


Japanese class (331 level) had conversation class with ASP students.

It’s also good practice to speak English for ASP’s.


They talked about custom of Marriage and Valentine for both of each country in Japanese and English.





That was good moment !!

Moreover, to be friend with ASP(America Studies Program) students is good chance to speak Japanese.

They also want to be friend with Willamette Students so just don’t hesitate to talk with them !!!




Here is opportunity to make new friends!!

-Language Table-

Place : Every Wednesday

Time : 5-7pm

Place Gpudy




We are having a so much fun to practice Japanese.

Feel free to join us !!!!






P.S.   One more information.


-ASP students and I are going to perform dance today-

Feel “Cool Japan” !!


If you are free at that time, come to see our performance.





Shotaro Kumano


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