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At last autumn has come in Japan.after the unprecedented number of typhoons hit many parts of this country.

Now is a time for enjoying sightseeing at home and abroad.

Recently tourists from foreign countries prefer to experience Japanese culture

rather than just visiting historic places.

Among the prepared programs is ninja techniques training course.

Ninja came to be known and popular worldwide through Japanese manga and anime.

They were well-trained for spies and mercenaries,

and were most active in "warring states" period, in the 16th century.

Having bases in Iga and Koka, just south of Lake Biwa,

they were hired by regional lords to gather information about enemies.

Lake Biwa was the key location for commerce and transportation,

and also close to Kyoto, the capital of Japan at the time.

Ninja techniques were called ninjutsu.used to completely confuse an opponent

and to achieve their duties secretly.

Ninjutu was developed into unique Japanese strategy combined

with Japanese ancient mountain worship.

Ninja could slip into enemy territories to obtain secret information

by hiding without leaving any evidence.

Some castles and even temples came up with a very clever solution, i.e."nightingale floors,"

which emitted sharp, chirping noises when stepped on,

warning against an intruder's presence nearby.

The image of ninja produced by a foreigner might be very different

from what a ninja was in reality.

But it’s great fun visiting a sort of theme park

with ninja-related facilities in Iga City and joining a training course.

You could feel like it might be possible to become a ninja.

A person would never feel that way about 007.

















Sachiko Hamano
NIC Instructor

(Nihongo Instructor Club)
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You can feel it in the air. Autumn is just around the corner.

2016 summer is marked by enjoyment of Rio Olympics and excitement fueled by Pokemon Go.

The game has been spreading fast across the world.

Nintendo collaborated to develop the game.

In 1889 Nintendo was established as hanafuda (Japanese playing cards with twelve different flowers

illustrated instead of numbers) making company in Kyoto.

The company was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi

and taken over by Hiroshi Yamauchi (1927-2013), Fusajiro’s grandson.

After several years developing the card business,

he decided to diversify the company, but failed.

The company risked bankruptcy. But he’ was a visionary businessman.

He moved into electronic entertainment.

After its ups and down, he transformed Nintendo into a world-leading video games company.

Under his 53 year tenure (from 1949 to 2002), Nintendo created lucrative titles such as Super Mario and Pokemon.

Behind the big success of Nintendo was that he had remarkable intuition for what people would want in the future

and a knack at identifying good games even though he had never played them,

He utilised the work of legendary games designers including Satoru Iwata (1959-2015)

who joined development of Pokemon Go

and spent his last few days working on the game.

The game designers came up with splendid and novel ideas t
hat have got people amused and excited worldwide, as shown Pokemon Go.

You can travel between the real world and the virtual world

of Pokémon with Pokémon. As the name of Nintendo comes from a saying

“Do your best and leave the rest to heaven”,

they are always challenging themselves to make something new. What comes next?

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ArmorsMay in Japan starts with so-called Golden week, a holiday week which starts from the end of April.

May 5th used to be known as 'Boys' Day’, but now it is renamed 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi),

which is enjoyed by all as a national holiday as part of 'Golden Week'.

The children are wished happiness and growth.

Traditionally miniature armors are displayed to symbolize the bravery of samurai warriors.

The Japanese armors were designed to be as light and flexible as possible

by sewing pieces of hardened material together with important sections

made from iron plates. They were usually brightly lacquered to protect against the harsh

and humid Japanese climate.

The basic design of Japanese armors remained in use unchanged from the 11th century to the 16th century

when Japan had contact with Europeans.

The armors of Europe were developed into full protection against heavy weapons which were unknown to Japan.

As a result, they were expensively heavy full-plate armors.

As to why their designs were so different. First, Japan was isolated,

while the Europe was in a constant struggle within Europe and outside.

Secondly, Japan had no good sources of iron ore and instead had to rely on iron sands.

The armors in the West were evolved with the advanced metallurgy.

Whatever they were made of, the armors in West and Japan served each purpose on the battlefield.
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Sachiko Hamano

(Nihongo Instructor Club)
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Fugu or blowfish is on the list of The World’s Most Dangerous Foods including Monkey Brains as well.

The fish contains fatal poison especially in the liver. The toxin is so strong that a lethal dose is smaller

than the head of a pin, and a single fish has enough poison to kill 30 people.

In Japan it is expensive delicacy in winter. Fillets of fugu can be eaten fried and raw.

It tastes more like chicken than fish. As a single mistake in preparation could be fatal.

It is served by only highly trained and licensed chefs. So fugu poising incidents are quite rare.

Japanese people’s love for fugu with its chicken-like taste

and slightly chewy texture has a long history.

It has been eaten in Japan since about B.C 10,000. 

The Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1868) prohibited eating of fugu.

It became popular again as the shogunate power waned.

In western regions of Japan, where the government's influence was weaker

and fugu was easier to get,cooking methods were developed for safely eating the fish.

When served raw, its flesh is carefully sliced so thinly

that you can see the patterns of the plate underneath the semi-transparent fish.

Fugusashi shortened for fugu sashimi is worth seeing and tasting.

Fugu consumption in Japan is declining now.
According to the statistics, 2015 consumption has fallen by about 40% over past ten years.
It’s pointed out that the younger generation think of the winter delicacy as one for the older,
but not for them.
Maybe they are not willing to risk their life for eating fugu
which is too expensive and too plain to satisfy their appetite.

Sachiko Hamano
NIC Instructor
(Nihongo Instructor Club)
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The annual university entrance examination season is here again.

It kicked off in mid-January with about a half million of high school students

and graduates nationwide taking the standardized National Center Test for University Admissions.

With the decline in the number of young people, more public and private institutions

are offering different admission processes to get students.

Utilizing the center test is one such process that schools can acquire students at an early stage.

So-called examination hell seems to be a story of the past.

But as far as the entrance for prestigious universities such as Tokyo University is concerned,

competition is still fierce.

A survey shows that more than half of Tokyo University students are from unified private lower

and upper secondary schools, meaning investment in education from elementary schools is needed.

In addition to school tuition, juku, private tutoring schools cost lot of money.

Many students attend juku in order to prepare .for entrance tests.

One more thing required to send a child to a name brand university in Japan is mother’s ability

to manage education of the children.

Because of father’s absence from education of the child, the task of the child’s upbringing and education

is usually left to a mother who often tends to be obsessed with the idea that admission

to a prestigious university guarantees the child a better job down the line.

But whether the exam result is success or failure, encouraging the child to keep going positively

is the most important in this fast changing world.

Sachiko Hamano
NIC instructor
Azabu jyuban school
2-20-10-205 Azabu jyuban Minato-ku
NIC(Nihongo Instructor Club)
Tell: 03-3454-5002
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