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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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Language Table

Posted by: skumano | September 10, 2015 Comments Off on Language Table |

Thank you for coming to language table !!

That was great moment and I’m glad you guys made a lot of new friends !!

People switched a lot and total over 30 people had fun with Language Table !!



Sorry about there was no enough seat …..



Next time, we should gather the tables and chair to have huge “Language Table”.

Let’s beat World Record !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha






If you missed this time, that’s ok !!

We are going to have in every week :)

Come to Goudy and just find us !!


Date : Every Wednesday

Time : 5-7pm

Place Goudy



Don’t miss it !!!!!!!








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-Calligraphy Club & Language Table-

Posted by: skumano | September 9, 2015 Comments Off on -Calligraphy Club & Language Table- |


Good moring :)

Happy Wednesday !!!


I have a announcement which is might be fun for you guys !


-Calligraphy Club-

-Date : Every Tuesday

-Time : 4-5pm

-Place : World Language Studio in Ford Hall

-Teachers : Keiko, Maiko, Mako, Nana


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Those picture are from yesterday !!  Thank you for coming and see you in next week !!

Also, we are still waiting for new members.

You have never tried calligraphy ??  It’s totally fine !!  It’s for just fun and feel Japanese culture.




-Language Table-

Date : Every Wednesday

Time : 5-7pm

Place : Goudy


We are going to have dinner together and practice Japanese !!

Don’t worry about anything !  It’s also just for fun :)

I basically focus on that to make a friend who speaks Japanese and studying Japanese or are interested in Japanese.

So, いっしょに ごはんを 食べましょう!!



↑ This is a sign for Language Table !!  I’ll put on the table so just find us !!  Or just call out my name !!!!!



Have good day !!  And, see you in dinner time !! :)





Shotaro Kumano


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こんにちは! Hello !

Posted by: skumano | September 4, 2015 Comments Off on こんにちは! Hello ! |

Hi !! Everyone !!


My name is Shotaro Kumano.

私の名前は熊野翔太郎(くまの しょうたろう)です。




I’m the new Japanese Language Assistant for this year.  You can call me whatever you want :)

You can call me “Shotaro”, “Kumano-san”, “Kuma-chan”.



In Japan, when talking about other people, one uses honorific titles.  These go after the person’s name.  The most common title is san.  It means all of “Mr”,”Mrs”, and “Ms.” Mr Tanaka is referred to as Tanaka-san, as is Mrs Tanaka, and their unmarried daughter.  Other common titles include sama, a more polite version of san, sensei, for teachers, kun and chan.  These titles are placed after the name.  These titles are not usually used with one’s own name.

Correct use of titles is considered very important in Japan.  Calling somebody by just their name, without adding a title, is called yobisute(呼び捨て),and is bad manners.

Although titles are usually added to people’s names, there are some exceptions.  They are not used when talking about a family member, or another member of one’s “in-group”, to someone from outside the group.  At work, Ms. Shimizu calls her boss “Tanaka san” when she talks to him, or about him to other people. But when she talks to a customer from outside their company, she calls him just “tanaka”.

San(さん)is the most common honorific title.  San is similar to “Mr”,”Ms.”,”Mrs”,and so on.  There is no kanji form for san, it’s written in hiragana.

Chan(ちゃん)is a form of san used to refer to children and female family members, close friends and lovers.  The change from san to chan is typical of a kind of “baby talk” in Japanese where “sh” sounds are turned into “ch”sounds, such  as chitchai for chiisai “small”.

BUT, Chan is also used for adults who are consideres to be kawaii(cute or loveable)or just for nickname. And it’s really common in Japan !!

Anyway, call me “Kuma-Chan” and so on !!




I studied at Toyko Internationl University and my major was International Relations.

I just graduated from Univerity this year.


I’m really looking forward to spending time with you guys 😉




I love to take a picture and to travel.  Those are my hobby.

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Also, I know I’m not good at but I like to dance , soccer , ping-pong !!



I’m happy to be here and please feel free to talk to me anytime !!

See you around guys :)


よろしく お願いします!!

(yoroshiku onegaishimasu)






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Posted by: nmatsuo | April 27, 2015 Comments Off on ありがとう! |

Thank you for coming to Movie Night last Friday!
I had a great time with you guys :)
Japanese Movie Club is always looking for new members.
Every month, we will pick a new theme, and show two or more movies relevant to that theme.
Please contact to Risa<rsuzuki> if you are interested in joining!


Today, I’d like to invite you to one more club.
That is the ‘English & Japanese Reading Exchange Club‘.

They come together once a week, and read a short story, article, recipe or something cool in Japanese and English, with the help of both the ASP students and Willamette students.

If you want to join or have some questions, you can ask Hailee<hvandiver> or Erin<etokutomi> anything :)



もうすぐ 4月 が おわり ます ね。
今週 の 水曜日 は 最後 の ランゲージテーブル です。
ぜひ 来て ください✴︎


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Posted by: nmatsuo | April 23, 2015 Comments Off on UDON からの MOVIE NIGHT! |

Hi all!
Have you ever eaten UDON?
UDON is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine.
You can check this picture :)


And yesterday, Sarika Iwamoto(ASP student), she did teaching how to make UDON from flour! That event’s name is ‘UDON NIGHT‘ hehe
The event of pairing two people together for make their UDON!
































Really Great Jog guys and Thank you SARIKA for teaching us!!



So now, I’d like to invite you guys to Next ‘JAPANESE MOVIE NIGHT‘ this Friday(TOMORROW)!
I’ll show you GOLDEN SLUMBER‘ with English subtitles.


I can bring some popcorns and you can also bring some drinks/foods if you want!
Start from 5:30 to around 8:00pm at Walton 134.
You can see the Sigh if you enter the Walton building.

See you then!

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Great Job! よくやった!

Posted by: nmatsuo | April 17, 2015 Comments Off on Great Job! よくやった! |

Hi everyone :)


We did the first of  ‘Cool Japan’ Presentation last Wednesday.

Thank you for coming and cheer up them, and also I’d like to thank you presenters for working hard and giving  your ‘Cool Japan’ to everyone :)

I hope everyone got something new about Japan.

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Now, I’d like to announce one more event, ‘Japanese Movie Night’.

‘HULA GIRL’ will be screened tonight!

There has an English sub title, of course :)

Please come and let’s feeling the breeze of Hawaii before “LU’AU”.

Start from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Ford 122(Theater)


See you then!


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Posted by: nmatsuo | April 12, 2015 Comments Off on Presentation! |

Congrats to all the senior Japanese Studies majors from Willamette, Linfield, Lewis and Pacific who participated in 6th Annual Japanese/Studies Senior Summit last Saturday!
They are really great job! This is some pictures of that day, and also thank you all who members of Taiko club for teaching Taiko for everyone after the presentation!

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Now, ASP student’s turn has come B)
Today, We had rehearsal of their presentation for ‘COOL JAPAN’.
They do very hard working and try to their best.
So please come and let’s cheer up to presenters!

April 15 (Wed) from 4:30 to 5:30 at Ford 102 Kremer Room

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Thank you! :))

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Coming soon!

Posted by: nmatsuo | April 6, 2015 Comments Off on Coming soon! |

Hi everyone!
I’d like to invite to three events at this time :)
Please check it out!

1, COOL JAPAN Presentation by ASP students

Some ASP students introduce about an obscure Japanese culture.

And also there has each trial booth of them after presentation.
Please come and join us!

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015

from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Ford 102 (Kremer Room)

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2, Japanese Movie Night-Keep Up Tohoku-

We’re going to show two movies which along the theme of this month ‘Keep up Tohoku’.

<Hula Girl>

Hula Girl is a true story set in the 60s. Stricken by the recession due to the adoption of oil as a primary energy resource, the charcoal mine of Joban, in Iwaki city, decides to relay on tourism and to use the hot springs on it’s territory to create the ‘Joban Hawaiian Center’, spa resort and theme park of Hawaiian inspiration.

On Friday, April 17, 2015
from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
at Ford 122 (Theater)

<Golden Slumber>

When easy-going Aoyagi meets an old friend for a fishing trip, he ends up drugged, framed for the Prime Minister’s assassination, and on the run from corrupt cops. It’s only the beginning of what quickly becomes the worst, weirdest day of his life…

On Friday, April 24, 2015
from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
at Walton 134 (Smart Classroom)

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3, UDON NIGHT by, Hecho

Let’s make Udon from flour!
This event has limited to ONLY 10 ASP and 10 WU students.
If you want to participate, please sent an e-mail to
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015
from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at the Cascadia Kitchen

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We are looking for seeing everyone at there!!

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おつかれさまでした!-Otsukare sama deshita!-

Posted by: nmatsuo | April 6, 2015 Comments Off on おつかれさまでした!-Otsukare sama deshita!- |

Have you ever hard ‘おつかれさま(Otsukaresama)?
For foreigners in Japan one useful phrase in Japanese to remember and use is ‘お疲れ様です’ (o-tsu-ka-re-sama-de-su). Literally, it means “You are a tired, heard working person.” Unfortunately, when you see this literal translation it’s hard to understand how to use it and when to use it.
However, if you think of it in it’s more loosely translated form, it’s much easier to understand and know how and when to use it. Loosely translated, it is akin to “praise to you”. So, you’d use it in situations where you’d like to praise someone else or thank them greatly for their help.

So, おつかれさまでした! who did great job at the SAKURA-MATSURI!!!

And Thank you for coming , I hope EVERYONE has enjoyed!

If anyone missing SAKURA-MATSURI,
Let’s check these pictures and come to next year :))


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