Why do you like your country? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol. 24

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Jennifer A. Hoff Mail to:   Hamarikyu Gardens, Chuo-ku Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, it was opened to the public April 1st, 1946. The park is surrounded by a seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay. It was remodeled as a public garden park on the site of a villa of the Shogun Tokugawa family in the 17th century. *Hamarikyu Gardens. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 27, 2019, from 日本語   Man from Australia This is my first trip to Japan. There are seven of us on our trip and


Why do Japanese people like natto? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.23

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Jennifer A. Hoff Mail to:   Rikugi-en Garden, Bunkyo-ku Rikugi-en (六義園) is one of the Tokyo metropolitan parks. The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry (六義) which comes from the idea of the six elements in waka (和歌, a type of poetry in classical Japanese literature), while en (園) means garden or park. The construction of the park took place between 1695 and 1702. The founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yatarō bought the garden in 1878 and restored it. It was donated to the Tokyo City government in 1938. *Rikugi-en.


Why do you want to learn English? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.21

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Haneda Airport Located 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station, it was the third-busiest airport in Asia and the fourth-busiest in the world in 2017, after Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport (Asia’s busiest), and Dubai International Airport. Haneda and Narita combined make Tokyo the third-busiest city airport system in the world, following London and New York City. *Haneda Airport. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 6, 2018, from 日本語   Man from Indonesia I’m a medical doctor back home. This is our first trip

Happy Birthday to the countries!

Happy Bastille Day!

Storming of the Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel. *Photo from Wikipedia July 14 is Bastille Day. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution as well as the Fête de la Fédération (lit “Festival of the Federation”) which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790. The medieval fortress, armory, and political prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison contained just seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of abuses by the monarchy;


What should you NOT do in Japan? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.17

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Alisa Sanada Mail to:   Shinjuku Taken by Masaomi Takahashi A major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest railway station in the world and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration center for the government of Tokyo. *Shinjuku. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved December 19, 2017, from 日本語   Woman from Mexico I’m from Mexico City, but now I’m living in Dresden, Germany, with my German husband. Actually I came here with him, but he came to Japan on business so I’m alone on holidays. This is my first visit to Japan


Why are Japanese walking so fast like Shinkansen? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.15

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Alisa Sanada Mail to:   Shibuya Shibuya was historically the site of a castle in which the Shibuya family resided from the 11th century through the Edo period. Following the opening of the Yamanote Line in 1885, Shibuya began to emerge as a railway terminal for southwestern Tokyo and eventually as a major commercial and entertainment center. *Shibuya. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 6, 2017, from 日本語   Family from Spain We’re from Andalusia in Southern Spain. We learn how to dance flamenco in childhood. But I cannot dance because I forgot


How many years do we need to learn the Japanese language? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol. 14

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Kelly Sun Mail to:   Roppongi Hills The mega-complex which incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater, and a few parks. *Roppongi Hills. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 18, 2017, from 日本語   Father and son from the US I am from Honolulu, Hawaii. It is my second time visiting Japan.I visited Japan when I was very young for the first time and it was only for flight transit. We’ve been here 4 days already. We stay in Shinjuku


Why are anime so important for you? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol. 12

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Odaiba A large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s into a major commercial, residential and leisure area. *Odaiba. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 25, 2017, from 日本語   Couple from Dubai This is my 2nd trip to Japan and she came here for the first time. We’ve been here for three days and will be in Japan for twelve days in


Why do some Japanese people wear masks? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.9

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden A large park and garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya. It was originally a residence of one of the most powerful and wealthy Japanese families (Naito Family) in the Edo period. Afterwards, it became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. It is now a national park under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment. *Shinjuku Gyoen. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 28, 2017, from 日本語   Family from France We came to Tokyo from a small town


Why are Japanese toilets so complex? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.8

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Asakusa A district famous for Senso-ji Temple. There are several other temples in the district, as well as various festivals. Asakusa has a more traditionally Japanese atmosphere than some other neighborhoods in Tokyo do. *Asakusa. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 17, 2017, from *Related article: Tokyo Getaways #4 SAMURAI & NINJA Safari TOKYO Entertainment Bus 日本語   Kaminarimon Gate The large entrance gate that ultimately leads to Senso-ji Temple. Girls from Canada, France and US We’re exchange students who are studying at a university in South Korea