Clothing: western style 洋風

As you can see there is absolutely nothing typically Japanese about the clothing that Japanese people wear generally. It is all western style and the shops are full of it. Just like in western stores the goods are produced most likely in China, or India or Malaysia and then shipped to Japan. During the year there are so many sales in so many  stores that the supply is almost never-ending.

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If there is something a bit different, it would have to be what Japanese find acceptable on their T-shirts. I would think that this particular brand of humour would be seriously frowned on. However, 80% of the Japanese public would not read the stuff, understand the stuff and frankly care about the stuff. It's in English, so it must be cute. If the same message were written in Japanese the reaction would be very different indeed.

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In between it all is some stuff from Nepal. The people who made it would not have received the kind of money that Japanese would pay for it in their shop, but hey, who would in a western society?

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One also notices immediately that all the mannequins are taller, slimmer than the average Japanese by a long shot! There are many Japanese youngsters who are tall and they all play basketball, but the average Japanese is nowhere near it.

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Arts: kite たこ

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龍  りゅう  ryū  dragon

凧   たこ  tako  kite

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The kanji for kiteたこ tako contains that same outside swoop that the kanji windかぜ kaze has and on the inside you can see the shape of a kite with a tail. Very clever, if you consider that this kanji is a couple of thousand years old.

Weather: monsoon 梅雨

Japan has five seasons, or may be even six, if you add the typhoon season; the fifth one is
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tsuyu       monsoon - rainy season
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The rainy season is usually during the month of June. It rains virtually every day of the month. Of course, one should remember that although the rain may be unpleasant for the people in the cities and the towns, the rain is essential for the farmers and the people who plant the rice. Without water the rice cannot grow.
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The kanji for monsoon rain is literally: plum rain. Very poetic.
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今日は 雨 きょうは あめ
kyō wa ame   today it's rain 
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まいにち あめが ふります。
mainichi ame ga furimasu
Every day it rains.
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I should have gone to the supermarket two weeks ago...
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The Japanese call this curtain of rain
ザーザー 雨  or  ざーざー あめ
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風が吹きます。
かぜが ふきます。
kaze ga fukimasu
The wind blows.
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It's that time of the year again...
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BO~~~ring!
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おこめの きせつです。
okome no kisetsu desu
It is the season of rice.
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お米 おこめ okome    rice
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雨 あめ ame   rain
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つゆには まいにち あめが ふります。
tsuyu ni wa mainichi ame ga furimasu
In the monsoon season it rains everyday.
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つゆには よるは すずしいです。
tsuyu ni wa yoru wa suzushii desu
In the monsoon season the evenings are cool.
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つゆには ひるは むしあついです。
tsuyu ni wa hiru wa mushiatsui desu
In the monsoon season the days are muggy.
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You so need... (well, if you're not a greenie...)
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扇風機 せんぷうき senpūki     fans
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and more and more people have
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エアコン e-a-kon air-con(ditioning)
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and while it's raining outside, maybe use some d(r)ipping sauce inside? ハハ!
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まだ です? Not yet?

JLPT N4 風 wind, style

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kanji--277風  kaze  かぜ  wind
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Kaze_no_Regret_Coverリアルサウンド風のリグレット  real sound  

The wind of regret  風  kaze  かぜ  wind.

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20130722_665385風立ちぬ  kaze-tachinu  かぜたちぬ  The wind rises   

風  kaze  かぜ  wind.

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fuuryuu風竜  ふうりゅう fūryū wind dragon.

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風立ちぬ  kaze-tachinu  かぜたちぬ  The wind rises
風  kaze  かぜ  wind
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kaze2風のかたち  kaze no katachi  The shape of wind  

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typhoon台風  たいふう  taifū  typhoon pressure wind
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Every year Japan is hit by dozens of typhoons. The picture above is warning for number 26. They don't even give them names anymore. The typhoon winds are so strong that much damage can be done and invariably the people lose their home in landslides or severe flooding. Sometimes people even lose their life.
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As a country people are usually really well prepared and building and road construction is solid and built to last. Together with earthquakes and other natural disasters, Japan as well as Taiwan, Philippines and coastal Korea and China have learned to cope, be it sometimes at a tremendous cost. Clearly accurate weather forecasts also help to limit damage and prepare the population. The picture above shows the effects of one such typhoon on the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

JLPT N4 古 old

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名古屋市  なごやし  nagoya-shi  Nagoya City.

Nagoya rice meal

. 名古屋駅  なごやえき  nagoya-eki  Nagoya station770x6110_%e5%8f%a4%e4%bb%a3%e9%89%84%e6%ad%8c%e8%ac%a1%e9%a4%a87古代  だい  kodai  ancient times4_03mozu_kofun古墳  ふん  kofun ancient burial mound6090f74d3310659c_s古着  ふる  furugi  old clothes

These are the new, old clothes in Japan. It is very fashionable to look in Recycle Shops for good quality, old clothes these days.

1391171811398_0_150215063105266_700x古風  ふう  kofū  old-fashioned

This is the new, old-fashioned house with garden. Old-looking, but incredibly expensive!  Multi-millionaire location.

JLPT N4 屋 roof, shop

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teradaya寺田屋  てらだや  terada-ya
Mr Terada's shop - travel business
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うどん屋  うどんや  udon-ya  udon shop
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山本屋の本店のうどん屋
やまもとやのほんてんのうどんや
yamamoto-ya no honten no udon-ya
Mr Yamamoto's main udon shop - he has more than one
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あれこれ屋  are-kore-ya  the this-and-that shop
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mise201104an obi shop
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f-cqd1a raamen shop
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act_1159_100910_img01The famous Kimura Confectionary shop
Yuuuuuummeeeee cakes! 
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八百屋  おや  yao-ya  greengrocer's 800-shop
Mr Takachi's greengrocer's shop
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文房具屋  ぶんぼうぐや  bunbōgu-ya  stationery shop
The Itos are into paper clips
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.tigershopThe Tiger Shop     no idea what?!
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みりんやMirin is that vinegar used for sushi
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14f23de6床屋  とこ  toko-ya  barber's
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居酒屋  ざか  izaka-ya  pub, café, tavern
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質屋  しち  shichi-ya  pawnshop
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風呂屋    furoya  public bath house
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部屋  へや  heya  room
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irimoya 屋根    yane  a sloped roof
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屋上  おくじょう  okujō  flat roof one you can walk on
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 小屋  や  koya  small living space like for animals
could also be a hut

JLPT N3 洗 wash

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Another way to remember this kanji: it consists of water and previous, i.e. you wash yourself before you present yourself.
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otearai   polite Hand Wash = Toilet
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otearai   polite Hand Wash = Toilet .
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otearai   polite Hand Wash = Toilet
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otearai   polite Hand Wash = Toilet
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short: 洗濯機   sentaku-arai-ki
laundry-wash-machine = washing machine
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short: 洗濯機   sentaku-arai-ki
laundry-wash-machine = washing machine
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short: 洗濯機   sentaku-arai-ki
laundry-wash-machine = washing machine
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皿洗い機  さらあらいき
食器洗い機  しょっきあらいき
short:                洗い機   arai-ki
dish-wash-machine = dishwasher
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食器 しょっき   shokki means crockery