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INTRODUCTION
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Sakura: おはよう、東京。第七回日本文化レッスンでございます。さくらです。
Hatsumi: はつみです。
Peter: Peter here and we are back with another addition of Japanese culture class. As always, we are brought to you by Erklaren, the translation and interpretation specialists. Now, we have another great culture class for you and today, it’s very, very interesting for many, many reasons but before we get into that, let’s introduce the newest member of japanesepod101.com
Hatsumi: こんにちは。河野はつみです。 My name is Hatsumi Kawano. I am from Tokushima. よろしくお願いします。
Sakura: 可愛い!
Peter: Yes very cute.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: And Tokushima, wow! Very elegant.
Sakura: そうですか。
Peter: Yes I think she has a bit of Kansai dialect.
Sakura: Umm…
Peter: Sakura, what’s Kansai accent?
Sakura: Like accent used in Osaka and Kyoto in general. Like they are different specifically according to cities, but the area is called Kansai region.
Peter: Yeah.
Sakura: The west part of Japan.
Peter: Yeah. Of course, there are many dialects.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Osaka has a dialect and…
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Since Osaka is kind of the most well known, I think when someone says Kansai, it’s automatically assumed that it’s in Osaka dialect but in reality, there are many.
Sakura: Yes very different.
Peter: Say よろしくお願いします one more time please Hatsumi.
Hatsumi: よろしくお願いします。
Sakura: I don’t really realize in the Kansai accent.
Peter: Thank you Sakura. You always know just the right thing.
Sakura: Okay.

Lesson focus

Peter: Okay. So Sakura, what’s the topic for today’s Japanese culture class?
Sakura: I want to stop by asking you a question.
Peter: Okay anything, shoot!
Sakura: Okay what’s your type?
Peter: I don’t know, long hair. Long hair is very nice. Umm…
Sakura: Okay not that type. I am talking about different type.
Peter: There is a different type?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Well any type is okay for me.
Sakura: I am talking about blood type.
Peter: Ah blood type.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Now I got it. Yes, this rings a bell because in Japan, I have been asked this question many, many times. And my answer is always I don’t know.
Sakura: Umm Japanese people usually know their blood type.
Peter: Yes.
Sakura: Yes. See its general belief that people with certain blood type has specific characteristics.
Peter: I got it. Yes this is why whenever I get the question
Sakura: あなたの血液型は何型ですか?
Peter: And what does this mean?
Sakura: And what’s your blood type?
Peter: I say I don’t know and the reaction is
Hatsumi: え~!
Sakura: え~!
Peter: Well I feel like this is the real thing because every time I get the question, I believe that I just don’t know and I’ve had some blood taken and I always forget to ask, can you check out what blood type I am. Yes in Japan, this is a very big topic.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: You know, back in the states, I remember we had what’s your sign.
Sakura: Ah ホロスコープ.
Peter: Yes and this is like a pickup line. Oh we have the same sign.
Sakura: Ah..
Peter: You know, in Japan, can it be used this way?
Sakura: Yes, yes. そうそうそうそう….
Peter: A little bit funny to think about. So what’s your blood type?
Sakura: うん、そう。 and when there are many people gathering and you bring out this topic, it gets you know – people get really excited. It’s a fun topic to talk about. You know, you must be blood type something, yeah.
Peter: Okay.
Sakura: You must be B. I understand your age like this.
Peter: Oh yes and I always feel so left out because I don’t know. When we have that type of party, I am like the next day, I am going to the hospital. I am going to get my blood tested. I am going to find out what I am because I always want to participate but needles scare me.
Sakura: Yeah but I want to just mention that you know, there is a – it’s a controversial topic as well like…
Peter: Really?
Sakura: Yes because recently I think this blood type thing has caused a social issue なのね。
Peter: Really?
Sakura: Yes to put it in a exaggerated way like your blood type something, so we are not going to include you in our team or…
Peter: Really?
Sakura: Yes but I think that’s just you know, that doesn’t happen very often but it became a social issue as well but generally we love talking about you know, blood types.
Peter: Yeah I think this is the key thing and these characteristics kind of got stereotyped. So you will find out what we are talking about in a minute but let’s just jump back to the original question because this is the question that if you are in Japan a while or you have some Japanese friends and I think this is not unique to Japan. Some other Asian countries also follow this kind of blood type. So let’s just jump back to the question quick to get you familiar with it because you just might hear it one day okay?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Give us the question one more time.
Sakura: あなたの血液型は何型ですか。
Peter: Okay. Now break it down nice and slow.
Sakura: あなたのけつえきがたは、なにがたですか。
Peter: Okay very long. Now there is a word in there that appears twice 型
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: What’s that?
Sakura: Type.
Peter: Type. Okay now if you find this word on its own, it’s sometimes かた
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: But when – since it’s attached to the end of this word, it changes a bit to がた
Sakura: That’s right yeah.
Peter: Okay and what’s the first part of blood type. Now we have the word for type, what about the first part, blood
Sakura: 血液
Peter: Break it down.
Sakura: けつえき
Peter: And one time fast
Sakura: 血液
Peter: Okay so blood.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay. Now for the rest of the question, you could find details about that in the PDF. Okay we are going to get moving on now.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Now why don’t we have Hatsumi ask you what your blood type is? That will be good.
Hatsumi: 血液型は何型ですか?
Sakura: A型です。
Peter: One more time, nice and slow.
Sakura: えいがたです。
Peter: And what is that?
Sakura: Blood type A.
Peter: Yeah. Okay you heard, the answer is very, very similar. One more time Japanese please.
Sakura: A型です。
Peter: Now the English.
Sakura: Blood type A.
Peter: Yep okay. The A just gets pronounced Japanese style.
Sakura: Umm えい
Peter: えい。 instead of a, it’s えい...
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay so what are some characteristics associated with
Sakura: A型
Peter: A型 Well besides great voice.
Sakura: Okay A型 people are considered disciplined.
Peter: You are.
Sakura: Diligent!
Peter: Oh you are!
Sakura: I am not. And want to keep peace with others.
Peter: Wow! It really sounds like you.
Sakura: I don’t think so.
Peter: Well, it’s a show. You know, we have to act a little bit.
Sakura: Okay, okay.
Peter: A little revenge for you for last week. I still haven’t forgotten the hill incident last week.
Sakura: Well that’s blood type A.
Peter: Okay let’s ask Hatsumi.
Sakura: Okay はつみちゃん、血液型は何型ですか?
Hatsumi: A型。
Sakura: Same.
Peter: Same.
Sakura: Yes gentle and considerate, keeping peace with others and diligent.
Peter: Wow! Okay we got the As down, what else do we have?
Sakura: Okay there is also B型
Peter: B型 which is
Sakura: Blood type B.
Peter: B. Say the Japanese once more.
Sakura: B型
Peter: And then the English.
Sakura: Blood type B.
Peter: Give us the two Bs back to back. Japanese English.
Sakura: びー。
Peter: And
Sakura: B
Peter: Okay. So what’s B?
Sakura: Blood type B is flexible and my pace.
Peter: At my pace.
Sakura: Yes, yes, yes, yes.
Peter: Doing things. I think we can even say doing things by own way.
Sakura: That’s right.
Peter: Yeah.
Sakura: Yes, yes.
Peter: Can you give us the Japanese of that one more time.
Sakura: マイペース
Peter: Break it down.
Sakura: マイペース
Peter: Yep and one time fast.
Sakura: マイペース
Peter: Yeah so doing things my own way at my own pace.
Sakura: Yes so you can say ピーターはマイペースです。
Peter: Peter does things his own way.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: And you can also say さくらはすごくマイペースです。
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: So I think you are B now. Can I change my answer?
Sakura: But when we are talking about blood type at office, everybody said, Peter must be B. Everybody, so and other characteristics えっと… has lots of friends.
Peter: Lots of friends.
Sakura: And blood type B is also considered sensitive to trend.
Peter: Sensitive to trends?
Sakura: Yes and also good at business, doing business.
Peter: Huh that sounds good too but I am going to wait till I hear all of them to make my decision with type mine.
Sakura: Okay two more.
Peter: Two more.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: So tell us something good about blood type AB.
Sakura: Okay AB 型 is considered competent.
Peter: Competent.
Sakura: Yes and can do work very efficiently.
Peter: Uh that sounds like a possibility.
Sakura: And notices little things.
Peter: Ah attention to detail.
Sakura: Yes that’s a good way of putting this, that’s right.
Peter: I don’t know. AB is slipping away from me.
Sakura: And sociable.
Peter: Sociable.
Sakura: And also considered to have to size and character.
Peter: Ah Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Sakura: Not that much but…
Peter: Not that much…
Sakura: Not that extreme but you know, two different characters inside.
Peter: Ah so like maybe when they go out, they are one way but then back at home, they are a different way.
Sakura: Umm maybe yeah it changes sometimes.
Peter: Yeah. Ah hence the AB.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Got it. Okay now what’s the last one we have?
Sakura: Okay last one is O型
Peter: And this is?
Sakura: O.
Peter: Okay. Tell us something interesting about O?
Sakura: O型 is considered energetic, passionate and active and likes to tackle challenges.
Peter: Yes always taking on new challenges.
Sakura: Okay and also O型 has big heart.
Peter: Okay. So Sakura, apparently, the office thinks I am a type B.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: What do you think?
Sakura: I think you are type B.
Hatsumi: Me too.
Sakura: C.
Peter: C. Okay, now Sakura, is there one type that’s kind of popular now?
Sakura: Maybe O is rather popular.
Peter: And why is this?
Sakura: Because O people are considered easy to get along with and like friendly.
Peter: Yes TV makes it kind of seem like O is the type to B.
Sakura: Yes. That’s right. So that’s why it became a social issue but general conversation when we talk about blood types is kind of you know making fun of each other, you know because you are like this, you must be type something. So it’s not really you know good or bad. It is just the type you want to say what kind of person you think Peter is like.
Peter: You know what, we have the same thing with the horoscope.
Sakura: Yeah.
Peter: Actually I have a best friend and he is born on the same day as me and our personalities are identical.
Sakura: Really?
Peter: So I really think that there is something to the horoscopes and there are people who don’t pay any attention to horoscopes. So it’s kind of same thing here. There are people who support this industry of books and material on blood types.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Same kind of issue.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: There is people who believe it and people who don’t.
Sakura: That’s right.
Peter: And it all comes from personal experience.
Sakura: Yes. So we have 相性占い as well which is about like which blood type gets along with which blood type.
Peter: Really?
Sakura: Yes
Peter: Which blood types get along?
Sakura: Okay. I will just tell you the best one. Type B female and type O male.
Peter: It is the best.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: BO, OB.
Sakura: Yes in one data.
Peter: From yeah…
Sakura: In this specific data, yes.
Peter: Probably a sample of five people. So female B and male O, male O, female B is the best match.
Sakura: Yes the interesting thing is just like horoscope, we have blood type 占い in like morning news show or on TV programs.
Peter: Now you said this word 占い
Sakura: 占い
Peter: What is this?
Sakura: Fortune telling.
Peter: Fortune telling.
Sakura: Yes. Morning news show.
Peter: The morning news show.
Sakura: Yes like not really serious ones but you know casual ones. They have that.
Peter: What are you watching Sakura?
Sakura: Because my friends, they watch that blood type and also horoscope 占い before they leave their house.
Peter: Really?
Sakura: And you know, they don’t really believe it so much but you know, it’s kind of fun to think that you know, oh it’s my lucky day today or my lucky color today is pink you know.
Peter: Have you seen it recently, be honest.
Sakura: Not recently because I have been seeing Olympics, yes.
Peter: Ah..
Sakura: And it’s at midnight in Japan. So…
Peter: That’s right with the time difference.
Sakura: Yes.

Outro

Peter: Okay well, we are trying to get some supplementary material up on the net about this. Okay so that’s going to do it for this episode of JCC.
Sakura: Right また明日ね。
Hatsumi: また明日。
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February 18th, 2006 at 05:44 AM
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Mina-san! A few points about today's lesson. 1) Kansai-dialect is used interchangably with Kansai-accent. 2) Tokushima, located on the island of Shikoku, has a dialect too, but this is heavily influenced by the Kansai area, hence the reason Hatsumi has a slight Kansai accent. Apologies as she didn't speak enough for it to be realized, but hopefully in the future that will be rectified. 3) Here is a good link with more information on this topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_blood_type_theory_of_personality 4) As we stated, this is somewhat of a controversial issue, and our goal today was to introduce you this belief and thats is all. We hope that everyone understands and nobody is offended. よろしくおねがいします。

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September 22nd, 2016 at 10:00 AM
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Hello George,


Thank you for posting.

Yes, knowing your blood type is very important, especially in case of emergency.

But even some of my friends don't know their blood type.

In Japan I think most people are aware of their blood type, since it's related to the belief what's mentioned in the lesson.


Let us know if you have any further questions.

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George
September 20th, 2016 at 05:51 AM
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You should know your blood type for health reasons. I never met someone (an adult) who didn't know their blood type. How old is Peter in this audio? I would think Peter would learn his blood type before even traveling overseas.

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January 10th, 2016 at 12:05 PM
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Isyraq san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your comment.

That is part of the Japanese culture?

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Isyraq
January 8th, 2016 at 08:02 PM
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Aah! So that explains why some Japanese games asks for Blood Types. I didn't know my blood type when a game asked me so i randomly picked AB. But now that Ive listened to this I kind of believe that my actual blood type really is AB. So i guess it wasnt a mistake at all

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November 27th, 2015 at 02:54 PM
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David-san,

konnichiwa!


I've actually never heard about B negative people being pessimist...:sweat_smile:

Rare blood types are always welcomed when you donate blood.

Whilst blood types do have something to do with personalities (I believe), it's still

just a rough tendency, not enough to judge anyone at personal level. :innocent:


By the way, blood type A people are said to be short-tempered.

Most Japanese are of blood type A. Are we so impatient and belligerent? :sweat_smile::laughing:

Don't worry too much about it! :wink:


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David
November 23rd, 2015 at 04:48 AM
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I wondered why blood groups were listed in the public profiles of Japanese celebrities.


As for blood group dictating your personality, I've seen a t-shirt which summed me up. It said "B negative. The blood group of pessimists".


If I ever go to Japan, I'd have to take care. Whilst B neg is a rare blood group in the UK (fewer than 9% of population can give me blood), only about 0.25% of Japanese can donate to a B neg recipient, Yikes!

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December 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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Toni-san, kon'nichiwa!


Thanks for your feedback!

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Toni
November 16th, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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Just wondering, most of the students here are requesting for the lesson notes since June 2014, maybe? When are you going to upload it? Because they are really helpful. Especially the sample sentences.

Peter
September 24th, 2014 at 12:26 AM
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Hey there,


There's no lesson notes, and I'm trying to figure out how to write the question. Is this correct:


貴方の血えき型は

何型ですか。


It's mostly correct, but there were two syllables I don't quite understand. I know that blood is 血 (けつ). I know that type is 型(かた). I understand れんだく (I hate it).


What is the えき doing in 血えき型?

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August 19th, 2014 at 09:57 PM
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Kale san,


こんにちは is a correct spelling because the wa is a particle.

de gozaimasu is same as ‘desu’ which is more polite than desu. :smile:


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