Japanese manners : bathroom and onsen
- 2012年11月30日 15:49
- カテゴリ：Japanese Culture
Living in Japan is a real challenge for foreigners.There are so many customs that are completely different from our occidental habits that in the end, we are lost.
First rule of Japanese private bathroom or onsen (public bath): wash first before entering the bathtube because the water will be used by others.
Second, when you take your shower, sit in the little stool. Use the bucket to rinse out. There are many tools arround but don’t think too much about it and just wash yourself somehow.
In the onsen, be aware that you should be naked so no swimsuit, and also no tattoo. Bring the little towel with you but don’t drop it into the water!
To put everything in practice, why don’t you join us for our Winter course ? On January 26th, we are organising a trip to hot springs along with a barbeque in a snow house!
Sapporo’s rising star : Hatsume Miku
- 2012年11月30日 14:37
Who would have imagined that a virtual singer could become so popular?
But before becoming the first virtual singer giving a concert, Hatsume Miku was only a character illustrating Vocaloid software’s voice.
Vocaloid is a program that enables you to create your own music using you computer. Lyrics and chores are sung by a synthesized voice that you can arrange as you please.
The firm, Crypton is based in Sapporo and each year, thousands of Japanese came to visit Sapporo, only to ride the Hatsume Miku Train :
You really can see her everywhere, she even has her sculpture at Sapporo Snow Festival
And Sapporo’s souvenir shops are crowding with Snow Miku goods (an exclusivity of Sapporo). The most surprising may be Hello Kitty-Miku crossover goods which are again, unique to Hokkaido.
If you wish to discover the wolrd of Hatsume Miku , feel free to join us !
First snow !
- 2012年11月19日 15:21
The first snow at Sapporo seems like a little event for its inhabitants. Yes, it’s the beginning of winter but also, the start of festivities ! Soon, you can admire the Munich Christmas market, the Odori White Illuminations…your mind will be full of Christmas thoughts.
The giant Christmas tree at Sapporo Factory
For many Japanese, snow conveys a romantic image, like taking a walk under the gently, twinkling snow with your partner… For a lovely stroll, we highly recommand Otaru, a town next to Sapporo where the atmosphere is totally magical with its cute canal and music boxes. If you join our Winter Course, we can go together !
Yesterday was only a tiny pick at the very long winter to come but everyone is excited to discover that it will bring. Would it be nicer to enjoy it together ?
Anime-manga at “Sapporabara”
- 2012年11月15日 14:28
No need to go to Tokyo to find anime and manga culture ! You have everything in Sapporo !
Did you know that many mangaka (manga authors) came from Hokkaido ? For example, Yuki Obata (We were there), Kazune Kawahara (High School Debut), Karuho Shiina (Kimi ni todoke: from Me to You)…
Sapporo is full of manga book stores, internet coffee shops, maid cafes… which are gathered around THE place to be for a real anime manga fan : Animate !
Animate is one the biggest anime-manga shop in Japan, and we are blessed to have one in Sapporo. They have everyhting you can dream of : manga, dvds, dojinshis (fanzins), exclusive signs, goodies…
Also, not as big as Tokyo Anime Fair, we have our own event dedicated to “otaku culture” : Kitamae manga-anime Festival !
Live perfomances, dojinshi stands, cosplay demonstrations…everything to entertain manga-anime fans. Just before Christmas (23/12/2012), it will be a nice present, isn’t it ?
Last but not the least, guess who’s born in Sapporo ?
The Vocaloid star Hatsume Miku !
If you want to say “Hie” to our virtual princess, come to join us !
Do you know Chrysanthemum ?
- 2012年11月09日 16:15
Today, if you drop by Sapporo Eki underground passage leading to Odori Station, you can watch a Chrysanthemum exposition.
Why Chrysanthemum ? It’s the national flower of Japan. Of course, Japan is well-known for it’s cheery blossom but the real symbol of the country is the Chrisanthemum (菊 きく) used as the Imperial Crest.
There are plenty of species and the most beautiful may this one, it looks like fireworks, isn’t it ?
This year is indeed the 50th anniversary of the Chrysanthemum Festival so the “altar” was more gorgeous than last year.
Flower lovers, don’t hesitate to come to Hokkaido, it’s really the place to be !
Asian cooking party !
- 2012年11月09日 16:13
- カテゴリ：from Hokkaido JaLS
As JaLS is sharing its space with the Asian Cafe (Asian Languages School for Japanese), we decided to make a party together !
The event was called “The cooking trip of Asia and Europe by JaLS”
It asked a little preparation but it was so fun to make decorations and food together ! Even teachers felt like going back to Kindergarten while making paper flowers and paper chain.
We had Korean food, Tteokbokki, Chijimi and spicy noodles, Taiwanese food with Three-Cup Chicken (Sanbeiji) and Tapioca Milk tea. Of course, we had Japanese dishes such as the famous Takoyaki and French dish as desert : apple pancakes. Yummy !
We also played games such as the “batsu game”. The game master asks some questions wich can only be answered by right or wrong “batsu”, and people go around to the designated zones. Once everyone is eliminated except you, you win ! Rieko-sensei brought back some Korean sweets from her trip in Korea as prizes.
We are looking forward for the next event and we hope you can join us as well !