'Seasonal events and its value in your country' - Japanese Speaking Session & English Speaking Session in December 2018 12月の日本語を話す会＆英語を話す会
Thank you very much for attending the Japanese speaking Session, English Speaking Session and the end of the year party last weekend. It was the last event this year. I am very happy that everyone loved the Japanese Christmas cake! I made it with my full of love and appreciation for all the members of Arai Academy of Japanese Studies. Through 2018, I hope that many of you have learnt a lot from each other, have made language exchange mates, have improved your target language and socialise more. Thank you very much for each of you for contributing to this language and cultural learning platform this year. In today's golobalising society, I believe that globalisation in our mind is crucial in order to live in peace and will continue working hard for this change to the future world. Thank you very much again for your great support in 2018!
'Taboos in your country' - Japanese Speaking Session & English Speaking Session in November 2018 11月の日本語を話す会＆英語を話す会
Thank you very much for participating the sessions yesterday! The topic of the month was 'Taboos in your country'. It was very interesting to know that giving a watch is not a very good present in China. The reason is that they feel like their life is limited and counting down starts with the watch. In Japan, it is nice to receive a watch as it is normally an expensive present and many people feel they are valued. I hope you had a great time to discovver your own culture and others.
Thank you very much for joining JAPAN FOCUS yesterday.
I am glad to hear that the topic was fascinating and you learnt a lot about Geisha world. It was also good for Japanese people to have gained more knowledge about the culture which is one of the most interesting topics for foreigners. The presenter, Lesley Downer, explined the high standard of the skills of entertaining and the dresses and hair styles of Geisha. They are well-trained in dancing and playing music.They always make sure that they make their customers feel absolutely pleased by providing high standard service. Lesley said that Geisha are very strong women and I can believe that people who are trained so hard must have strong mentality.
I am very pleased that Lesley is happy with contributing to JAPAN FOCUS more in the future.
Next topic will be on 'Traditional Japanese food'. I will inform you the details next year!
I really appreciate for kind support from Lesley.
I am delighted to inform that one of the members of Arai Academy, an English journalist specialised in Japan, is happy to share her deep observations and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture and society. I appreciate for this opportunity and I am sure that deeper understanding on Japan will facilitate your language learning for the learners. Japanese people will also get benefits if you will be able to explain about one of the most curious cultures for your foreign friends.
Lesley Downer is one of the very few westerners ever to have broken into the closed and mysterious world of the geisha. Even Japanese know very little about who the geisha really are and what they do. To research her books Lesley spend six month living among and befriending geisha in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Atami and other cities. She talked to geisha and their customers, attended geisha parties, hung out with maiko (apprentice geisha) and geisha house owners, and learnt how to distinguish a geisha from a Japanese woman in a kimono, what happens when you take a geisha to Disneyland, what becomes of geisha when they grow old and much else. She also met and became friends with male geisha (taikomochi). She will talk about her experiences and illustrate her talk with many pictures.