水曜日 すいようび

Culture Discussion Day

Please cite your sources and leave 2 comments for your culture discussion! I hate deducting points from students who forget to do this!

今日は水曜日です。

  • Today you will complete your Culture Discussion and submit 2 comments on others' posts.
  • Don't forget about coaching! Mon/Wed coaching students will go to coaching today.
  • Keep working on L11 vocabulary and grammar. Check out the video posted in today's announcements for help.
  • Many students have overdue assignments from lessons 9 and 10. Try to submit overdue work this week to not fall far behind. Check prior announcements from the past 2 weeks if you need help, or contact me or the Peer Tutoring Center.
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Culture Discussion Day

  • 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 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.

おせちりょうり - New Year Noms ;)

Food is one of the best and most important parts of life, er, I mean the New Year celebration. ^^'


This week in culture discussion we're talking more about all the different types of traditional foods enjoyed over the New Year celebration in Japan, or おせちりょうり.


For this week's culture discussion you'll read the Wikipedia article on おせちりょうり and talk about 4 different types of traditional food items that are served and enjoyed during the New Year celebration.


In addition to serving great quality food, presentation of the food is extremely important in Japan. おせちりょうり is served in じゅうばこ (重箱) - special boxes with compartments to make the presentation of the food more appealing to the eye. Check out these images below of traditional おせちりょうり spreads:

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As you can see, a lot of care and preparation went into creating the おせちりょうり displayed here. You can imagine a lot of time and effort was required to create something so elaborate and delicious.


Traditionally all of these items would be cooked and prepared at home prior to the new year as cooking was considered bad luck/taboo to do during the new year celebration. (My mother who hates cooking would be thrilled if this were also the case in the US.) ;)


These days, if cooking isn't your deal or you're short on time, you can purchase beautiful ready made/ready to eat/beautifully packaged おせちりょうりat your neighborhood スーパー or even some コンビニ believe it or not!


Please carefully read your grading rubric so you can get full credit for your assignment. Rubrics are your friends! :) がんばってください。

Keep working on Lesson 11 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!

Culture Discussion Superstars!

Feast your eyes on some of this great feedback left on last week's culture discussion:


From Jayce S.: Menko reminds of me of this old game I had pieces of, but never played. It was called Pog, and the pieces were cardboard circles with different designs on them. What makes me compare the two is that I noticed in researching menko that the pieces are circular/differently shaped than typical cards. I think I've seen a couple anime where the traditional toys were played with.


From Kyle M.: This does sound like a neat game to play with friends. I also had pokemon cards when I was younger as well. It is neat to see Japanese things with pokemon on them to know that the kids in Japan aren't actually all that different from us. Anyways, great work on your discussion!


These comments are great because they are engaging, add to the conversation and promote further discussion. Great work you two!!

Student Spotlight - Kyle M.

Every few days in announcements we will shine our spotlight on one of our Japanese 2 students! This is a good way to get to know your fellow classmates. :)


Meet Kyle M.!

  • My favorite thing about Japan/Japanese Culture: I love the anime and the architecture primarily. I also like learning about their customs like bowing and different sports like kendo.
  • My favorite book: Arthas
  • My favorite musical artist: Pentatonix
  • My favorite ice cream flavor: Cinnamon Bun
  • On a Friday night I'm usually: at a sports match or playing video games at home
  • The 5 things I can't live without: my computer, my phone, my family, YouTube, and Pentatonix.
  • Why I'm taking Japanese 2: I recently finished Japanese 1 and I enjoyed the class. My reasons for continuing are my love for Japanese culture and my aspiration to one day study abroad in Japan.

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