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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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Tohoku Bake Sale!!

Posted by: nmatsuo | March 10, 2015 Comments Off on Tohoku Bake Sale!! |

I was born in Iwaki, Fukushima, and my lovely ground mother lives there still.


March 11, 2011
Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including a city that crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast.
I was greatly shocked because so many places of memories were gone and so on… After that, I’ve met a lot of people from different countries at the Volunteer Center in Iwaki. It was so helpful for everyone who lived there.

March 11, 2015
4 years later,
There has many problems that still need help.
I can’t explain it very well, so please check this site. Then you will know what’s going on in Tohoku now.
・ http://fpif.org/fourth-winter-fukushima/
・ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/10/national/photos-tohoku-three-years-after-the-311-earthquake-and-tsunami/#.VP8080LPLLE

I was very moved when I heard about the ‘Tohoku bake sale‘ from the Japanese professor at Willamette University.
And, we are going to do it this year too!!
There has many kinds of sweets!
I’ll bring some PURIN and Chocolate cake with Banana ;))
So let’s get tasty sweets and donate for Tohoku!

✴︎Tomorrow, from 8am to 4pm at UC 1st floor✴︎ 1959504_623240824392399_1076655430_n

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Posted by: nmatsuo | January 21, 2015 Comments Off on Hello✴︎2015✴︎こんにちは |

Welcome back everyone!

I’m so happy to meet you again!

How was the winter break?

I went back to Japan.

おいしい たべもの を たべました。(very much…:P)

And I got a lots of Japanese ◯◯◯◯…hehe

I’d like to share that!

So time is coming...

◯My tutoring time is every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Ford hall.

◯Language table start on February with New ASP students at the Goudy.

◯Movie night presents by JSSL : We will watching ‘Princess Mononoke on this Saturday, Jan 24 at 4pm in the WLS.

And more events are waiting for you♡
Let’s talk, eat, watch and feel Japanese with me!


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Check out TIUA’s new video!

Posted by: sunderda | December 12, 2014 Comments Off on Check out TIUA’s new video! |

A very well done promotional video from TIUA! Check it out. http://vimeo.com/113965744?from=outro-embed

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Japanese Night feat. street dancers video!

Posted by: nmatsuo | November 23, 2014 Comments Off on Japanese Night feat. street dancers video! |



げんき ですか?

わたし は とても げんき です!

Language table is done for this semester and Goudy is closed this Wednesday, so I’d like to do a special event.

Have you ever heard U.G.G(Under Ground Groovers)?
It is a street dance circle of TIU that I was a part of when I was a TIU student.

Thank you for finding me!hehe

Everyone involved in U.G.G are students that just begin dancing when they become university students of Japan.

U.G.G belongs to the Σ(SHIGMA), which is a organization composed of 8,000 people from 54 different dance circles in 42 different Universities in the Kanto area.

They have 連盟公演(Renmei Kouen) once a year, which is a dance performance by Σ consisting of 400 student dancers who spend 50 days practicing hard with a choreographer who has been leading all student dancers in Kanto area.

I was one of choreographer for Hip hop last year.
And I could meet a lots of awesome dancers!
So I’d like to show you guys this video with some Japanese food:)

Yeah! We’ll bring same Japanese food:))

So just come if you have a time and enjoy the food with dance!

Nov, 26 (Wed) 5:30 to 7:00pm at WLS.

I’d love to see you all:))

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Studio Ghibli Film at Salem Cinema!

Posted by: earnold | November 12, 2014 Comments Off on Studio Ghibli Film at Salem Cinema! |

Watch The Tale of The Princess Kaguya at Salem Cinema!

1127 Broadway NE

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM6hcHp0_kU

Fri 11/14 (*3:00) 8:45
Sat 11/15 (*1:00) 6:30
Sun 11/16 (*1:00) 6:30
Mon 11/17 (*2:15) 7:45
Tues 11/18 7:45
Weds 11/19 6:30
Thurs 11/20 6:30
(*Bargain Shows)

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書道(Shodou) club is Coming back!!

Posted by: nmatsuo | November 3, 2014 Comments Off on 書道(Shodou) club is Coming back!! |

Hi all.

How was the Halloween?


Have you ever hard 書道(Shodou)?
It’s one of the traditional culture in Japan.
We gonna use Fude(brush), Sumi(ink) and special paper.

You can learn how to write Japanese more artistic.
And also you can meeting new friends!

Every Tuesday
from 3:45 to 4:45 at WLC

Just come and enjoy Japanese Culture!
I’m waiting for you all!!

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Japanese and English Dinner Table!

Posted by: nmatsuo | October 1, 2014 Comments Off on Japanese and English Dinner Table! |

Hello everyone!

にほんご  じゅぎょう
日本語 の  授業  は どうですか?

Would you like to have more practice with Japanese, especially speaking skills? One more question, who loves eating?

We have a great event at the Goudy! We are going to meet at 5:30pm every Wednesday, for “Japanese and English Dinner Table” !

Please come and meet new friends. Let’s practice our Japanese or English!

Just stop by the table if you have time during dinner.

See you then :))

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International Party

Posted by: nmatsuo | September 23, 2014 Comments Off on International Party |

Hi everyone!
I’m Gachaです, おげんきですか?:)

Today, I’m gonna invite to you guys to our first International party on this Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at Walton 235!

We’ll have some booth from different countries and we gonna introduce each traditional foods,music,games and more.

My booth (of course Japanese booth;p) will have foods, music and also 書道(syodou) space.
書道 is Japanese traditional art. Fude(brush) and Sumi(ink) are mainly used to write characters on paper making use of their characteristics.
So you can try to write any words by 書道!

Internatinal Party

And I’m gonna write your name in Kanji by 筆ペン(Fude pen is a Brush pen) for you if you want*

Please come feel free and let’s having fun with us :)

I can’t wait to see you guys! see you soon*


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Posted by: nmatsuo | August 27, 2014 Comments Off on Konnichiwa! |

Nice to meet you all.
My name is Naoko Matso, I’m the new Japanese language assistant for this year.

I have a nickname.
Have you heard of “Gachapin”? Gachapin is a popular character in Japan.

I look like that.


So you can call me “Naoko” or “Gacha”!

I’m from Tokyo. Some Japanese people call Tokyo ‘The city that never sleeps’. If you don’t want to sleep, you will like Tokyo :))hehe

I taught Japanese language for kids in Toronto, Canada for about 10 months. So I lived in Toronto before I came here.
I love dancing. I do kind of old style Hiphop.
Also I organized some street dance showcases with people from different countries in Canada.
Just check this video if you have time.
(I wearing blue shirts)


If you have some question about Japanese language or culture or anything please just let me know.

Thank you for reading.
I’m looking forward to see you guys!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu*

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