Hello JLC crew （のりくみいん 乗組員）
Well, this week, in SAN MARCOS, we got some snow on Tuesday and we decided to cancel the meeting.
About the Blog postings, I try to regularly make the posts on Thursdays. And I try to send out the mass weekly e-mails on Sundays.
Thanks to Akiko-san, we have an extension to the Japanese Study session. She is available at the LBJ building from 5:00-6:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays. She has had some experience doing tutoring before and is willing to help students. Remember to thank her for the help!
The regular hours (Tuesday/Wednesday 3:30-5:00 at Lampasas 501) are never canceled since the room is always reserved for us to use. It is just on some Wednesdays this semester, Hitomi, Wyatt, and myself will not be able to join. At those times, we head over to a Middle School in South Austin as part of a volunteer program. March 3rd, we wont be able to come to JSS.
Well, I will take advantage of the extra space on this post for some thoughts about studying Japanese, particularly when engaging in conversation. After learning an immense amount of vocabulary, making full use of grammatical elements, and using these components in a fluid manner, up to the point where the American student can be considered fluent, it is still possible (and very likely I think) for the student to still sound odd to the Japanese. That is because behind the mastered language is an American-cultured mind. The thoughts and feelings deep down that dictate what someone will say and behave is influenced by the culture the student grew up in. As a student approaches an advance level of Japanese, the student will likely face a choice(perhaps only sub-cautiously) to speak in 'sync with Japanese culture or hit a wall. An identity challenge is presented. I suspect this situation is true for Japanese studying English also. But because of the huge ethical rarity in many places in the US, American culture will tend to be loose thus probably making it is easier for a Japanese to get n'sync. This may only be true in a general sense. Individual personalities will throw a monkey wrench into this whole argument.
Just some food for thought for those that like thoughts ;)
Good afternoon everyone、 皆さんこんにちは！
Last meeting, we learned a lot about the many holidays in Japan. A common feature of these holidays is that they have a festival (matsuri まつり). Festivals can have many food booths lined up along a path that many people come to buy things and socialize. At other festivals, many Japanese men carry together a huge wooden shrine down the road, sometimes with great energy and spirit. Typically, these events occur in the afternoon or evening. Here is a run down of some specific holidays.
Obon（おぼん） Held either July 15th or August 15th, depending on the region and year, families will reunite to honor their ancestors. Lasts for 3 days. Dances called bon dance（ぼん おどり）are performed.
Tanabata（たなばた） Held either July 7th or August 7th (its because of a mix use of today's standard Calendar and the old calendar of Japan). People will write a wish on a tag called a tanzaku（たんざく）and hang it on bamboo. The wishes are something very important like having success at work, doing well on an important exam, or finding love.
Oshougatsu（おしょうがつ） This is Japan's New Years Holiday, which begins on January 1st. It is a 3-4 day holiday and is consider one of the most important Holidays throughout Japan. They take off from work and have a varity, often traditional, of things to do. In December, not specifically a holiday, people many Japanese will have a bonenkai（ぼねんかい）。They will drink together to forgot the troubles of the past year. During one the days of shougatsu, the Japanese will have a 1st temple visit day. It is called Hatsumoude（はつもうで）. They will literally crowd into a temple on one of these days.
Seijinshiki（せいじんしき） This is the Coming of Age day. It is held every 2nd Monday of January for those who are soon to be turning 20 or have in the past year. This day is to help the Japanese realize that they have become adults.
Kodomo no hi（こどものひ） This is Children's day in Japan, celebrated on May 5th.
Setsubun（せつぶん） Held in February 3rd, that is based on a very old tradition, like some of the others on this list. Throw beans around your house or at a temple to deter evil spirits and demons. It is common to shout oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi！（鬼は外、福は内！）"Demon out, Fortune in"!
Well, as usual, the Japanese Study session is still going on. However on Wednesday the 24th and 3rd, I won't be able to come, however, the room is still reserved and you guys can still gather and study together.
Hi, welcome back to the jblog!
The highlight of last meeting was the creation of the booths. Here are the booths that we have.
Food and Regions
Thats a pretty nice mix. At next meeting, more people will be able to join any of these groups or create a new group. A language booth might be pretty cool! Any other ideas??? But don't forget, we also have committees that help with certain roles for the Sakura Festival. For example, we have one for getting food, one for serving food, and one for setting up decorations. If you want to reserve your availability for one of these roles or be in both a committee and group, that is also good.
At the meeting, Wyatt showed us around the Kansai area in Japan. Osaka is the 2nd largest city in Japan that is well known for its delicious food. Kyoto has many temples, some very large and impressive. But Kyoto has a modern face too. In Kobe, there is a Chinatown. These are all good places to visit if you happen to be in the Kansai area.
The para-para practice has started this Monday. From what I hear, it is not really para-para so I need to stop calling it that. The performance is called One Room Disco and is by a group called Perfume. Soran Bushi also continued this Thursday. Progress is moving along nicely!
Finally the Japanese Study Session is also moving along. Students are receiving an interactive way of studying that compliments the learning process. I received a few e-mails from people that would like an alternative time. If you feel you would like that, we can setup a temporary 3rd time, just message me your interest. Regular times are 3:30-5:00 on both Tuesday and Wednesday in Lampasas 501.
Have a nice day!
楠 松 檀 槻 梓
槙 陽 椋 榛
椿 桂 樺 楓
桐 杉 桜 桃 梅
みなさん、こんにちは！Good Afternoon everyone!
This JLC meeting, we practiced para-para as a group! Hitomi and Wyatt did a good job as instructors. Many of us seemed to have enjoyed the experience. We also saw that there are several different kinds para-para. For this Sakura Festival, it seems that a form has been selected.
After that we learned many things about arcades in Japan. In the USA, arcades have somewhat dwindled while in Japan, they expanded. Arcades throughout Japan are connected together by an online network that fosters gaming communities. Various interactive forms exists such as DDR or Taiko drums. Also there are card-based games where you can save your progress on a card and there are Gundam pods which the player enters. In the pod, there are various joysticks and a huge display within the pod to create a unique Gundam simulation.
Thursday is the 1st soran bushi practice. For participants, be sure to stretch and eat healthy to do well in training and at the Sakura Festival!
At the 1st week of the Japanese Study Session, few students came, less then what was expected. However, no matter how few, as long as students feel JSS is helpful and JSS is indeed helpful, then it is success! やった！
So kinda random, but I leave with link to a video(music only) of a sega classic. BTW, the guy playing seems really good. So Nostalgic clicky-clicky
P.S. I think there are a few people that come to the meetings and so on, that still don't get weekly e-mails from JLC and would probably like them. If you or anyone you know is like that, please e-mail me so I can add you(or him/her) to the mailing list.