Late Autumn by Hagiwara Sakutaro (1886-1942)
The train was passing overhead,
And my thoughts meandered into the shade.
Looking back, I was surprised to find
How my heart was at rest!
Streets were strewn with the autumn sun's last rays,
Traffic crowded the highway.
Does my life exist at all?
Yet in the window of a humble house,
Along a back street where the smoke still hung, Purple hollyhocks were blooming.
Japanese People and Society
Death Rate: 9.51 deaths / 1,000
Birth Rate: 7.93 births / 1,000
Life Expectancy: Total 84.7 years
Men 81 years 5th in the world
Women 88 years 1st in the world
Total Population: 126,919, 659 (1.72% of World Pop.)
Average Population: Male 61,909,000 VS. Female 65,388,000 (2013)
Japanese culture has two main religions Shintoism & Buddhism.
About 79.2 % of the population practices Shintoism, 66.8% practices Buddhism, 1.5% practices Christianity, and 7% practices other religions.
If you are wondering why the total percentage exceeds 100% it is because many practice both Shintoism & Buddhism. This is one of the unique qualities that Japan has to offer.
The video below will further explain the expansion and practices of those religions.
The cartogram below depicts the Gross Domestic Product of all the countries in the world, the large dark green country to the far right is Japan.
Japanese Population Issue
トイレ (toire) = Toilet
Everyone poops, as the saying goes. When you gotta go, you gotta be able to ask where it's at. This word sounds almost like "toilet" without the last "t."
手洗い (tearai) = Bathroom
Just like toilet, but a little more all-inclusive. You can feel free to use either of these in a pinch, though.
助けて (tasukete) = HELP
Just yell this out and (maybe) someone will come to your aid…
わかりません (wakarimasen) = I don't understand
Someone is speaking to you in Japanese, and they aren't using any of the hundred Japanese words you're learning now. Let them know you don't understand what they're saying with this word. Follow it up with another word on this list: "eigo!" Then they'll know you don't understand and you're asking for English.
やめて！ (yamete!) = Stop it!
Maybe somebody is messing with you and you want them to stop (yakuza?). You could say this.
英語 (eigo) = English
Sometimes you just need someone who speaks some English. Even though all Japanese people learn English in school, very few Japanese people are any good at speaking it. Still, it doesn't hurt to try.
服 (fuku) = Clothes
Maybe you're at a hot springs and can't find your clothes. Hey, it's possible.
警察 (keisatsu) = Police
If something really bad happens, these are the people you want to ask for.
危ない (abunai) = Dangerous
You'll see this on signs and stuff. If someone says "abunai" to you, you should probably be careful.
どうして？ (doushite?) = Why?
You never know…
なに？ (nani) = What?
時間 (jikan) = Time
Just ask this with an quizzical tone and people will get the drift. Point to your wrist while you're at it. You might want to learn some numbers (keep reading) to understand the answer.
質問 (shitsumon) = Question
Have a question? Let someone know. Couple this with "eigo! eigo!" and maybe someone who can speak some English will come to answer your shitsumon.
だれ (dare) = Who
Great in case you need to know who someone's talking about.