水曜日 すいようび

Culture Discussion Day

今日は水曜日です。

  • Today you will complete your Culture Discussion and submit 2 comments on others' posts.
  • Work on your L4 Speaking Assignment (Due Tomorrow!)
  • Keep working on L4 vocabulary and grammar. Check out the video posted in today's announcements for help.
  • Start your Mid Term Project if you haven't done so already. Details below!

Culture Discussion Day

  • Post your Lesson 4 Cultural Discussion Post today.
  • Always carefully review the Discussion Rubric and criteria on the page before and after writing your post - this is the criteria I use to determine your grade on the assignment. Be sure your post adequately covers all of the criteria.
  • Remember that you must submit 2 comments to your classmates' posts to get full credit!
  • Response posts should be thoughtful, at least 2 sentences, and must add to and/or promote further discussion.
  • Please carefully read all of the directions so you can get full credit for your assignment. Rubrics are your friends! :) がんばってください。

Please cite your sources! I hate deducting points for this!!!

Fashion in Japan

This week we're talking about fashion in Japan. Japanese fashion expands far outside the realm of the classic kimono and hakama pants! While western style clothing is extremely popular in Japan, it also has its own unique fashion trends.


When most people who are familiar with Japan think of Japanese fashion, they think of the Harajuku district in Tokyo. Harajuku is famous for being the birthplace of the iconic fashion trends that make up Japanese fashion.


In the mid 2000s, singer Gwen Stefani became obsessed with the fashion trends of the Harajuku district. Japanese influence can be found in her lines of clothing, accessories and fragrances which are popular in the west.


The internet is a fun place to browse popular Japanese fashion trends. There are many online stores that sell Japanese clothing, shoes and accessories. If you choose to look around for online stores like these, please wait until you get home as online shopping is not appropriate in schools.


Some sites do ship to the US if you find something you absolutely love and must have. Always check the size charts before purchasing clothing from Japan! Note the size charts are usually in centimeters, and Japanese sizes do not correspond with western sizes. In Japanese clothes I often wear a few sizes up from the size of clothes I often purchase from US stores. Japanese clothing is also generally made for people who are not as tall as the average American. Keep this in mind if making a purchase.

Keep working on Lesson 4 Materials

Even though the culture discussion is done in English, make sure you spend some time using your new Japanese today. Please watch this week's video with Sakura and Daichi to help you master your new vocabulary and grammar. You'll be submitting your speaking assignment tomorrow so listening to the video dialogue will help!

Mid Term Project

By the end of the day today, everyone should have at least started their Mid Term Project!


I'd suggest creating the slides for lessons 1 and 2 this week. Make sure you include grammar and vocabulary from that lesson in the slide.


  • You can find all of the information about your Mid Term Project by going to the Course Projects link on your left hand navigational toolbar in Blackboard.
  • You will need to create a multimedia presentation that covers the course material in lessons 1 - 7 with one slide per lesson.
  • You'll need 4 lines per slide and 1 slide per lesson.

Your Mid Term Project is due on March 17, 2016.

Tweet/Text Me Tuesday

Quite a few of you have some great ideas to extend invitations to your valentines this weekend! Take a look at the responses from yesterday's tweet/text me Tuesday


Russell B: レストランにいきましょうか。やきとりとおこのみやきをたべましょう。


Sarah M.: えいがかんにいきましょうか。 テレビゲームをしましょう。


Abigail N.: こうえんにいきませんか。


Hannah G.: きんようび ひま ですか。じゃ こうえん に いきましょう。


Blake D.: としょかん に いきませんか。


Simona A.: いっしょに えいがをみませんか。


Jessica A. used kanji! 日曜日(にちようび)に映画(えいが)を見(み)ませんか。


Sending shout outs to everyone who participated in yesterday's Tweet/Text me Tuesday and earned a bonus point! よくできました。^_^
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