Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

| Jul 6, 2015

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

Kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita (We’ve done well decorating our bamboo tree.) Situation 1: Mariko has finished decorating a bamboo tree for Tanabata (Star Festival) with her mother. 母: まり子、きれいな七夕かざりができたねえ。 まり子: うん。今夜晴れるといいなあ。 Haha: Mariko, kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita-ne¯. Mariko: Un. Kon’ya hareru-to ii-nā. Mother: Mariko, ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Beijing introduces tough smoking bans

China, the world's largest tobacco producer and consumer, on June 1 started imposing its toughest-to-date restrictions on smoking in Beijing, as part of efforts to reduce health problems and burnish the image of the capital as it seeks to host the 2022 Winter Olympic ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Let's discuss changing child care laws

This week’s featured article JIJI A group of parents in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are taking legal action against the municipal government after a decision to strip nursery access from parents who take postnatal leave to care for a newborn. The plaintiffs, 11 people from ...

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

| Jun 29, 2015

Sitting on the fence in Japanese depends on these sentence patterns

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Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne (It depends on tomorrow’s weather.) Situation 1: Mr. Sere meets his colleague in the elevator. 大久保: あしたはつりに行かれるんですか? 川崎: それはあしたの天気によりますね。天気予報を見てから決めます。 Sere: Ashita-wa tsuri-ni ikareru-n-desu-ka? Kawasaki: Sore-wa ashita-no tenki-ni yorimasu-ne. Tenkiyoho¯-o mite-kara kimemasu. Sere: Are you going fishing tomorrow? Kawasaki: It depends ...

| Jun 29, 2015

Let's discuss NHK in the news

This week’s featured article TOMOKO OTAKE, THE JAPAN TIMES All households in Japan that possess a TV set are legally obliged to pay subscription fees to NHK regardless of whether they watch the public broadcaster’s programs. An engineering professor at Tsukuba University is now ...