11/10/2017 Word of The Week 必需品

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Friends of Aomori presents 必需品 (ひつじゅひん/hitsujyuhin) which means essential item. This word is especially important as we enter the winter months, there are many 必需品 specifically helpful when dealing with cold weather! 

The first kanji that makes up this word is, 必 (kunyomi: かならず/kanarazu onyomi: ヒツ/hitsu) which means inevitable and certain. The second is, 需 (onyomi: ジュ/jyu)  which means request or need, and the final kanji is 品 (kunyomi: しな/shina onyomi: ヒン or ホン/hin or hon) which means article or goods. 

Hokkaido Releases Instructional Manga, About Recent Missiles.

Aomori’s neighboring prefecture Hokkaido has released a four page Manga entitledミサイルが飛んできたときには (When a Missile Flew) by Manabu Yamamoto, instructing citizens on what to do incase of another Missile launch from North Korea. Click Here to read more in an article from Japan times.

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The full four-page Manga is available on the Hokkaido Government website, which can be found Here.

9/20/17 Word of the Week

This week’s long awaited word is 真面目 (まじめ/majime) which means diligent and serious. This word is a na-adjective and is commonly used to describe personality.

An example sentence could be: 彼は真面目な学生です。(かれはまじめながくせいです。/kare wa majimena gakusei desu.) Which in english reads, “He is a diligent student.”

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Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate, Aomori, Japan

Did you know growing rice could be a form of fine art!?

In Inakadate Village, in Aomori prefecture you can visit enormous images constructed from different kinds of  rice. The images reference Japanese culture by evoking mythologies and sometimes even popular culture!

Visit the link below for more information on the imagery, how they are constructed, and tourism information.

Rice Paddy Art Info.tanbo art

There are new Rice Paddy images every year, so include these magnificent creations in your future Aomori travel plans.

8/23/17 Word of the Week!

This weeks Word of the Week is 勇気 (ゆうき/yuuki) which means courage. This word also means bravery, nerve, and boldness. This word is especially relevant to students beginning a new school year in the coming weeks!! The first kanji 勇 indicates bravery, and high spirits. The second kanji 気, which is most commonly read as き/ki, means feelings and moods.

How will having courage help you in the coming months?

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