Japan's national anthem is called Kimi ga Yo. It is the oldest national anthem in the world. The words of the song are based on a poem written in the Heian Period (794–1185 A.D.). While visiting Japan you may hear the anthem. It comes on television at the end of the programming day on NHK the national broadcaster. It is played on special occasions such as holidays and graduation ceremonies. Indeed, I heard it this weekend at my own daughter's graduation ceremony from Japanese school. These are the lyrics:
The national flag of Japan is called the hinomaru:
The Japanese name for their own country is: Nihon 日本 which means Land of the Rising Sun. On the flag we can see the rising sun with a white background.
Students going on homestay to Kyoto Gakuen in Kyoto Japan have been coming to my room M110 every second Thursday in 2017 for Japan Club. The club meets over the lunch hour. As the time for the homestay approaches students will begin to meet with me every week. In the club we learn about aspects of Japanese culture and language. So far we have talked about these subjects:
In our last class we did some conversation practice with the following questions and answers:
お元気ですか。O genki desu ka? 元気です。Genki desu. - How are you? I'm fine.
何歳ですか。Nan sai desu ka? ＿＿歳です。____ sai desu. - How old are you? I'm ___.
一番好きな＿＿は何・誰ですか。Ichiban suki na ___ wa nan/dare desu ka? - What's your favourite _____?
一番好きな＿＿は＿＿です。Ichiban suki na ____wa ___ desu. My favourite __ is.
In the coming classes we will discuss other areas of Japanese culture including music, manga, and so on. Students in grades 7 ~ 9 who are going to Japan are encouraged to attend. We also have two designated students in grade 4 who actively assist with the club activities.
I am open to suggestions from students about any topics you would like to learn about before you go to Japan! Feel free to e-mail me or tell me at our next meeting!