2013/10/27

Juku

Juku refers to private tutoring schools. There are two major roles in the education at jukus. One is to provide supplementary lessons for at-risk students who fall behind others in the school classroom. Another is to offer special courses for students preparing for entrance exams to junior high, high schools or universities.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/10/26

Personal seal

A personal seal is an essential item for everyday life in Japan, because seals are a legal means of identification used instead of a signature. Seals are roughly classified into two kinds, jitsuin and mitome-in. Jitsuin is a registered seal, which you need to have registered in your local government office. Mitome-in is ready-made, unregistered and for everyday use. For example, you can use it for receiving parcels.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/10/25

Sensu

"Sensu" are folding fans. A general fan was present in the world. But everyone didn’t think to try fold alternately a flat fan. Conversely, Japanese thought to try fold, and the folding fan was invented in Japan, with date ranging from the 6th to 9th centuries. The sense is reflected Japanese way as smaller and more elaborately.

Sensu are made of paper and a bamboo framework. One side is decorated with beautiful pictures of scenery, trees, flowers and animals. Sensu are indispensable accessories for traditional performing arts.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/10/24

Sento

Sento is a paid public bathhouse. Since most households today have baths, the number of customers is decreasing year by year. So many sento are making effort to attract people by providing saunas, massage chairs and other relaxation equipment.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2013/10/23

Steamed red rice

Sekihan is glutinous rice steamed with red beans. The Japanese word sekihan literally means “red rice” because the beans give a purple-red color to the rice. Sekihan is eaten on special and festive occasions such as birthdays, weddings and holidays.

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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


Tokonoma

The tokonoma is a raised wooden alcove in a tatami-floor Japanese-style room. It is the focal point of the interior and is used for displaying pottery, flower arrangements or hanging scrolls of paintings or calligraphy.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture