Can you speak Japanese? <ul><li>Konnichiwa (Kon-nee-chee-wa)- “Hello!” </li></ul><ul><li>Watashi no namae wa ____ desu. ( wah-TAH-shee no nah-mah-eh wa ____ dess ) – My name is ____. </li></ul><ul><li>O-namae wa nan desu ka? ( oh-NAH-mah-eh wah NAHN dess-KAH? ) – What is your name? </li></ul><ul><li>Hajimemashite. ( hah-jee-meh-MOSH-teh )- Nice to meet you. </li></ul><ul><li>O-genki desu ka? ( oh-GEN-kee dess-KAH? ) – How are you? </li></ul>
Bowing in Japan <ul><li>Bows are the traditional greeting in East Asia, particularly in Japan and Korea. </li></ul><ul><li>However, bowing is not reserved only for greetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Bowing is a gesture of respect . </li></ul><ul><li>Bows originate at the waist and are performed with the back straight and the hands at the sides (for men) or clasped in front (for women), and with the eyes down. </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, the longer and deeper the bow, the stronger the emotion or the greater the difference in social standing. </li></ul>
The word Kimono actually referred to all types of clothing. It also remains to be the national costume of Japan. Some of the earliest designs of the kimono were hugely influenced by the Hanfu, which is a part of Chinese clothing. During the 8th century, Chinese fashion trends gained popularity amongst the Japanese. The kimono turned into a stylish version during Japan’s Heian period. Over the years, one could see visible changes in the designs of the kimono. This form of Japanese traditional clothing is always worn by women and particularly for special occasions. As per the Japanese tradition, unmarried women wear a specific style of the kimono, which is called the furisode.
Geisha Geisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance.
HAKAMA Traditionally only worn by men but are now worn by men and women.
YUKATA A casual summer kimono usually warn in the summer.
Jūnihitoe An extremely elegant and highly complex kimono that was only worn by court ladies in Japan. It literally means 12 layer robe when translated.
Tabi The tabi are actually traditional Japanese socks. These are worn by men as well as women. The tabi is generally ankle high and has a separation between the toe areas. (Between the big toe and the rest of the toes).
Zori The zori formed a major part of Japanese traditional clothing. These were often worn with the kimono. The zori are open sandals that can be described as slip ons. Today, one can see many styles of the zori being used with modern fashion.
Geta The geta can be described as our regular flip-flops. These have a high wooden base and are worn with Japanese traditional clothing such as the Kimono or even the yukata.
Waragi A waragi is also a kind of footwear that is worn in different ways by different people. As per tradition, when the Japanese wore the waragi, the toes would extend over the front edge of the sandal. The waragi was worn by all the common people in Japan in the olden days; today it is only the Buddhist monks who prefer to wear the waragi.
Aomori Nebuta <ul><li>"Nebuta" refers to the float of a brave warrior-figure which is carried through the center of the city, while dancers wearing a unique type of costume called haneto prance around in time with the chant Rasserā. </li></ul>
Doll Festival <ul><li>The Japanese Doll Festival or Girls' Day, is held on March 3. </li></ul><ul><li>Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Every year, Lake Shikotsu in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan turns into a colored ice playground as part of the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, which runs from the end of January to the middle of February. </li></ul>Shikotsu Ice Festival
Sushi <ul><li>Sushi is cooked vinegar rice which is commonly topped with other ingredients, such as fish, or put into rolls. </li></ul><ul><li>Sushi served rolled inside or around dried and pressed layer sheets of seaweed is makizushi . </li></ul>
Sashimi <ul><li>Sliced raw fish alone is called sashimi , as distinct from sushi . </li></ul>
Teriyaki <ul><li>is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade ( tare in Japanese). </li></ul><ul><li>Teriyaki is served in most modern Japanese cuisines. </li></ul>
Tempura <ul><li>Tempura, which may be of Portuguese origin, is a popular Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. </li></ul>
Interesting Fact <ul><li>Japanese tend to have rice for their breakfast, lunch, as well as dinner. </li></ul>
Chopsticks <ul><li>Chopsticks are small tapered sticks used in pairs of equal length as the traditional eating utensils of Greater China, Japan , Korea, and Vietnam. </li></ul>
Origami <ul><li>An ancient Japanese art of paper folding, origami has become a popular component of art and crafts across the world. </li></ul>
Manga <ul><li>Yet another gift from Japan to the world is the Manga, a non-animated cartoon series which traces its origin to Japan. </li></ul>