Japan Culture Day

Culture Day (Bunka no Hi) is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavors. It was on this day in 1946 that the present Constitution of Japan was officially announced. To commemorate this event, the date was made into a holiday two years later to foster the ideals of the Constitution – the love of peace and freedom – through cultural activities. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

How much do you know about Japanese culture? Kids Web Japan provides fun content that helps children learn about Japan. The site is widely used in elementary and middle school classrooms around the world.

Want to learn some Japanese? Click here: http://new1.homeschoollibrary.info/2012/08/14/learn-japanese-online-for-free/

Japanized English and Japanese English

Many English words were adopted by Japan and adapted for Japanese vocabulary. Can you guess what the following words are? Kurisumasu, mubi, keh-ki, koh-hi, takushi, konpyuta, terebijon, pittsa, yunibashiti, tabako, baiku, sandoicchi, donatsu, rimokon, intaanetto, marason, chokoreeto, kauboi. (see answers at bottom of post)

The English language has also borrowed many words from the Japanese. Examples include: bonsai, futon, haiku, honcho, kamikaze, karaoke, kimono, origami, shiitake, soy, sushi, tofu, tsunami, tycoon.

A funny thing is, the Japanese took the English word “animation,” changed it to “animeshiyon,” and shortened it to “anime.” Then the word “anime” was borrowed back into English, referring to animation in the Japanese style.

(ANSWERS: Christmas, movie, cake, coffee, taxi, computer, television, pizza, university, tobacco, motorcycle, sandwich, doughnut, remote control, internet, marathon, chocolate, cowboy.)

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