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Advanced Audio Blog S7 #2 - News and Current Topics in Japan: SMAP Splitting Up

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Knowing more about what's popular in Japan is a great way to build on your Japanese conversation skills. This audio blog series, which is entirely in Japanese, will equip you with advanced vocabulary and phrases on a range of current topics in Japan. In this lesson, you'll learn about SMAP Splitting Up. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find many more fantastic lessons and learning resources. Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S7 #1 - News and Current Topics in Japan: Lowering the Voting Age to 18

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Keeping up to date with the news in Japan is a great way to build on your Japanese conversation skills. This audio blog series, which is entirely in Japanese, will equip you with advanced vocabulary and phrases related to news and current events in Japan. In this lesson, you'll learn about "Lowering the Voting Age to 18." Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find many more fantastic lessons and learning resources. Leave us a message while you are there!
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Advanced Audio Blog S6 #25 - Japanese Artists - Matsuo Bashō

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Some Japanese writers have a powerful way with words that they can convey their meaning in a very succinct way. But even the very best writers in the world would have a hard time beating Japanese writers of haiku, who can say more in seventeen syllables than most of us can say in a page. The words of these Japanese artists are truly transformative. In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō, a preeminent writer of haiku. We will explain how the imagery his Japanese words create will transport you into a vivid world of sights, sounds, and feelings that most writers cannot replicate. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #24 - Japanese Artists - Tōshūsai Sharaku

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Your Japanese friends have treated you to a day on the town, and for some reason, they've chosen to start with a Japanese museum of contemporary art. You appreciate most kinds of art, and you've found Japanese painters to be highly skilled and detail oriented. However, whenever it comes to modern paintings, you feel a bit lost. How are you supposed to extract any Japanese meaning from meaningless shapes and lines? In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese artists of the Ukiyo-e style. In particular, we will tell you about three Japanese masters of this form of painting: Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, and Utagawa Hiroshige. You'll also find out the influence these Japanese artists had on the rest of the art world. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #23 - Japanese Artists - Sen no rikyuu

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You've heard about the legendary Japanese tea ceremony, but you've only seen it in movies. You know that the Japanese person performing it must do so with great care and precision, and you know you don't have the patience for it. Fortunately, you do have the patience to watch and be rewarded with delicious Japanese tea! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese artist Sen no Rikyū, who made a great impression on the Japanese Tea Ceremony. He made many contributions to simplifying and elevating this Japanese art form. We will also tell you how his approach brought great harmony to not only the ceremony itself but also the participants. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!