Thanks for coming to our website and your interest in learning Japanese! This past weekend was Japan Day, an event that celebrates Japanese language and culture in New York. We’d like to talk more about this, and think it’s one of the best opportunities to experience Japanese culture and language in New York City. The event numbers around 50,000 people. Please mark “Japan Day” on your calendar for next year!
Japan Day used to be just about Japanese culture and Japanese performances, such as cultural icons of Calligraphy and Hello-Kitty. Only recently though Japan Day decided to offer a Japanese language tent along with their cultural exhibitions and demonstrations.
Each year, the Japan Day staff, along with Hills Learning and other involved language schools, come up with a list of key vocabulary phrases for Japan Day. This year was no different, our theme was Ganbare Japan, or “Japan, You can do it!” We taught language through a traditional Japanese card game called “Karuta.”
Many of the participants not only loved learning the language for a bit, but also really liked the cultural exposure. You can stop in and get tattoos, pictures with Hello Kitty, calligraphy cranes, and of course watch the performers. The performers range from cultural icons such as Karate clubs, to famous Jazz Singers and musical groups.
For reference, here is the Japan Day vocabulary we learned this year:
がんばれ – ganbare – You can do it!
ありがとう – arigato – Thank you!
おはよう – ohayo – good morning
こんにちは – konnichiwa – hello
大丈夫 – daijyobu – It’s okay
せんばづる – senbazuru – 1,000 origami cranes
友達 – tomodachi – friend
愛 – ai – love
希望 – kibo – hope
おうえん – o-en – support
すごい – sugoi – wonderful, great
元気 – genki – healthy, how are you?
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you next year learning Japanese at Japan Day!