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Advanced Audio Blog S4 #25 - Top 10 Japanese Holidays:Tango No Sekku/Boys’ Day

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! A loud noise echoes from the attic of your Japanese host family's home. You rush upstairs to see what the clatter was and find that it was just a small Japanese suit of armor. How strange! It won't fit anyone in your host family, so you wonder what it is for. In this lesson, you will learn about our final holiday in the top ten Japanese holidays: Tango No Sekku, which means "Boys' Day." It's only fair that Japanese boys have their day too, and we'll tell you how this Japanese day came into being. You'll also find out about the meaning behind the Japanese symbols you'll see on this day. 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 S4 #24 - Top 10 Japanese Holidays: Hinamatsuri/Doll Festival

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! When the neighbors invite you and your Japanese hosts for tea, you're excited: their house is truly beautiful. But once you're inside, you see something even more striking: your host has amassed quite a collection of unique Japanese dolls. You ask your Japanese host what the dolls represent, and she begins explaining how her family has celebrated something called the Japanese Doll Festival for many generations. In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese Doll Festival, Hinamatsuri. You'll learn how the Japanese traditions surrounding this holiday originated, and we'll also explain the significance of the Japanese dolls that people use during this Japanese festival. 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!
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Advanced Audio Blog S4 #23 - Top 10 Japanese Holidays: Setsubun/The Last Day of Winter

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! When you and your Japanese host open the door to his house, he tells you to duck. When you ask why, something small hits you in the head. Then you decide to follow your Japanese host's advice and get down on the ground. Are you under fire? You look around on the ground for what hit you, and it's a bean. Why is someone throwing beans at you today? In this lesson, you will learn about Setsubun, which is the Japanese celebration on the last day of winter. We'll tell you about how the Japanese traditionally celebrated this day and explain how those traditions are changing with the times in Japan. 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 S4 #22 - Top 10 Japanese Holidays: Seijin No Hi/Coming Of Age Day

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Your Japanese host family's youngest child is about to experience Coming of Age Day, and the family is busy with preparations for visits from extended family in Japan and a host of celebrations. When the child asks you whether you have come of age yet, you explain in Japanese that no...you've decided to put off being an adult for as long as you can! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese traditions associated with Seijin No Hi, which is "Coming of Age Day" in Japan. You'll find out about the roots of this ancient Japanese tradition and when people in Japan typically celebrate this day. 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 S4 #21 - Top 10 Japanese Holidays: Shōgatsu/New Year

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! When your roommate asks whether you decorated the house for the Japanese new year yet, you have to stop her to get further clarification. You haven't heard about any decorations, much less Japanese celebrations! When she informs you that you have to get the house ready for the Japanese gods so you have good luck, you tell her you're ready to start: you need all the help you can get! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese traditions associated with shōgatsu, the Japanese new year. We'll tell you what the significance of this Japanese holiday is and how you should celebrate it while you're visiting Japan. 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!