もくようび - Thursday

Culture Discussion Due

Submit Lesson 11 Culture Discussion + 2 Comments Today

  • Post your Lesson 11 Cultural Discussion Post today
  • Always carefully review the Discussion Rubric and criteria on the page before and after writing your post - this list what criteria I will use to determine your grade on the assignment. Be sure your post adequately covers all of the criteria.
  • Posts should be at least 2-3 paragraphs long with around 4-6 sentences in each paragraph at a minimum!
  • 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.

Remember to Cite Your Sources! I hate having to deduct points for this. :(

わしょく

This week we are talking about わしょく which is a type of Japanese style cuisine. Unlike ようしょく dishes which are rooted in and inspired by western style dishes, わしょく is authentic Japanese cuisine that is truly native to Japan.


The 'farm to fork' trend in food is becoming popular in the US as more people are making efforts to eat locally grown and produced food that is in season. わしょく embraces using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Aesthetics are also extremely important and a lot of attention to detail is used when plating the food. Take a look at the pictures posted in your Culture Notes. When plated, わしょく meals are often very beautiful.


Did you go to Beaver Sensei's Culture Cafe yesterday? (Like Jamie L. did who earned 3 bonus points.) :D If so, you learned lots of great stuff about わしょく and you can talk about what you learned in your post too if you'd like.


If you didn't catch it, you can see the archive from the Culture Cafe link in Blackboard. :)


If you reference last night's Culture Cafe in your post, be sure to cite this in your post!


Don't forget that your End of Course Project has a part all about food in your Japan travel brochure. You may want to take a look at this week's culture notes, and the culture notes from Lesson 9 about ようしょく to talk about good things to eat while visiting Japan. (hint hint) ;)

いただきます と ごちそうさま

You may have heard the phrases いただきます and ごちそうさま before, possibly in an アニメ or ドラマ.


Right before everyone digs in to a meal, the Japanese will say いただきますwhich means "I humbly receive." It is similar to how the French will say "bon appetit" before eating a meal. If you are eating with Japanese hosts, wait until everyone at the table is seated and served and everyone says いただきます (which is said at the same time-ish by everyone) and then it's ok to start eating. Eating before everyone says いただきますis considered bad table manners.


After the meal is finished, the Japanese will say ごちそうさま which means "thank you for the meal." It is a way to express gratitude and appreciation for the meal that was just enjoyed. Appreciation is shown not only to the person who went to all the trouble to prepare the food and treat their guests to a good meal, but also to the farmers and food workers who helped to produce the ingredients that went into the meal.

Culture Discussion Superstars

If you're looking for some good example comments on the weekly culture discussion posts, take a look at these ones below from last week's discussion:


From Emily B.:

Professionally arranging flowers would be a relaxing job, wouldn't it? I used to play the flute when I was in band, so I can see where you are coming from when you say that art can make you a more disciplined person, and I agree with you. It takes a lot of discipline and effort to perfect an art, or a traditional practice, like flower arranging.


From Kelvin R.:

You are right Shelby. Culture Schools are a good source of education and I would be interested in attending also. Did you know that most Naraigoto revolve around the idea of repitition? For example, Sadou is a skill that takes many years to master and the only way to master it is to continue repeating the same ceremony over and over again.


These comments are great because they demonstrate that the original post was read carefully, contribute to the conversation and make you want to keep the conversation going. Please put the time into your response posts to ensure you earn full credit for them. Response posts are worth 2 points each!

Spirit Week - Superhero day!

The following students shared their favorite book character yesterday and earned an extra credit point:


Ashley Z., Jamie L., Hannah E., Tutu A., Selena J., Alexis S., Jasmine B., Brendon H.


よくできました。おめでとうございます。:D


Today's theme for Spirit Week is Superhero Day! Who is your favorite superhero? Let me know today, or post on social media (with your parent/guardian's permission) using #SpiritNCVPS and you will earn an extra credit point for your participation. :)


My favorite superhero is 鉄腕アトム AKA Astro Boy! We have learned most of the katakana on the picture below. Look closely and see what you can read. :)

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Photo from: https:// bakabt.me/torrent/166492/tetsuwan-atom-astro-boy-original-soundtrack-1980-flac

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