Hi !! Everyone !!
My name is Shotaro Kumano.
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.
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 🙂