Japanese Conversation Corner

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Starting from May 19th (Monday), we will be opening our doors every two weeks to those who want to casually practice their Japanese.

You can come in whenever you want (within the fixed hours in the schedule below). Just make sure you send us an e-mail before you drop by or let us know through our twitter (@cosmosjapanese) or facebook (Cosmos Japanese Language School).

We have our lunch break from 12:30-13:00 so if you plan to come around that time, feel free to bring your own lunch and join us.

May Schedule June Schedule

300 yen/ 1 hour
500 yen/ no limit

What we offer:
– the chance to practice your Japanese with young Japanese students
– unlimited drinks and snacks
– free wi-fi

Contact us at cosmos.jls@gmail.com if you are interested or would like more information! We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Thai Festival in Yoyogi Park

If you don’t want to go to the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa, or might feel you will get a Japanese Culture overdose after one day at Sensou-ji, set your course to Yoyogi Park, and experience Thai Culture!

Getting in is free, and the festival is on both Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm. The theme of the festival is “Thai spices and herbs”, and you can eat delicious Thai food, and listen to Thai music with live bands on the stage.

More info about the festival can be found here (Japanese): http://www.thaifestival.jp/jp/

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Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine

The third sunday of May every year, at the Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社 “Asakusa Jinja”), you can experience one of the three biggest Shinto festivals in Tokyo. This weekend, with it’s peak on Saturday May 17th, it is time again for “Sanja Matsuri” (三社祭, lit. “Three Shrines Festival”), an event that is considered the largest and wildest festival!

The festival is held in in honor of the three men that founded the Sensou-ji (浅草寺 “Sensou-ji”), and big parades are held, where three portable shrines, which are referenced in the name of the festival, are the centre of attention, but there are also traditional music and dancing, and over the three days it’s held it attracts millions, tourists and locals alike.

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On friday at 1 pm, there is a big parade, and later in the afternoon there will be traditional dancing in the “Haiden” and the “Kaguraden” buildings in the temple grounds.

On Saturday at 12:30 pm there is a large parade with hundreds of local portable shrines, that tour around the town of Asakusa.

On Sunday at 6 am the three main portable shrines start their tour of the local area, and are returned around 8 pm.

If you want to experience Japanese culture, see traditional dancing, listen to traditional music, and maybe get a glimpse of a “yakuza” or two showing of their tattoos, as well as experiencing the biggest festival in Tokyo, this is definitely the event for you.

KIMONO SALON ♡

We are very excited to share with you this amazing event. Nippon Collection will be holding their first….

KIMONO salon ~for beginners~

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Date: May 24th (Saturday) & 25th (Sunday)12:00-18:00

(You will be asked to pay a drink fee of 500 yen at the door)

Venue: 105, 3-28-5 Chidagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

You will get:

→ Cheap but good quality KIMONO and YUKATA (casual type of Kimono for the summer)!
→ One and only Japanese designer’s accessories!

There will be English speaking KIMONO advisers who will help you find the best KIMONO style! You can also chat with everyone over a nice cup of Japanese tea!

Click here for more information → http://www.nipponcollection.com/event-english.html
Or contact Nippon Collection at → info@nipponcollection.com
Click the join button here → https://en.trippiece.com/plans/1513035

Don’t forget to like Nippon Collection’s page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/nipponcollection

Koinobori 鯉のぼり

Koinobori, which in Japanese means “carp streamer,” can often be found hanging in front of houses, shops and rivers around this time. These carp streamers that are made by drawing carp patterns on cloth (or paper), are hung to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5th, the last day of Golden Week.

In the past, Children’s Day was actually celebrated to honor boys. The carp was chosen as a symbol for this day because of its strong will and great power to swim up the river, against the flow. Adults hoped that boys would grow to become determined and courageous like carps. On the other hand, Hinamatsuri or Doll’s Day on March 3rd was celebrated to honor girls. Traditionally, on this day, girls would receive dolls that were passed down to their own grandmothers and mothers.

Although there is still a tendency among many Japanese families to celebrate boys on Children’s Day, it has definitely become a more general event for all Japanese children. Happy Children’s Day to all the children in Japan and around the world!

Koinobori made by children from an elementary school near Mitakadai in Tokyo.

Check out this traditional Children Day’s song!