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Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

The theme for November at our language and cultural Kanji Club was the Four Seasons – 春夏秋冬  Shunkashūtō, literally meaning Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 🌸🌻🍂🍢 These four kanji appear often in seasonal words and many topics such as travel. We learned to read, pronounce and write… Read More »Learning the Four Seasons at Kanji Club

Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

At our language and cultural group Kanji Club in October our theme for the month was 曜日 ようび Yо̄bi – Days of the Week such as 🌞Sunday (nichi)🌙 Monday (getsu), and the other days which are also the inspiring Five Elements – fire, water, wood,… Read More »Writing and pronouncing the Five Elements

Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana

Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana

The theme for September at our Kanji Club group was 時間 Jikan – Time ⌛ From telling the time ⌚ to counting time spent, current affairs etc, these are very handy characters to get to know.  We read and wrote these in Chinese characters and… Read More »Learning the time in Kanji and Hiragana

Olympic theme of 5 rings and numbers at Kanji Club

Olympic theme of 5 rings and numbers at Kanji Club

The theme for August was 五輪 Gorin – literally Five Rings – meaning that is, the Olympics! And since we were counting, we practiced most of the useful kanji numbers from zero to many million. So helpful for reading numbers in kanji whether from a… Read More »Olympic theme of 5 rings and numbers at Kanji Club

Japanese signs at Kanji Club

Japanese signs at Kanji Club, 注意!

We had great fun at Kanji Club in June with our theme of signage, looking at lots of really interesting and quirky signs, reading and pronouncing the vocab and sentences. We wrote some common ones such as 注意 chuui be careful! And Blair showed folk… Read More »Japanese signs at Kanji Club, 注意!

Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

お弁当 Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

We had a 美味しい oishii tasty foodie theme of Obento lunchbox and takeaway meal at our May Kanji Club! ? Looking at our own example obento box and how to use it got the group started  ?? This has been enjoyed and used many times! ?… Read More »お弁当 Obento lunchbox fun, here we go!

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

At our April Kanji Club group, we celebrated Spring with Hanami 花見, the Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, often cherry blossoms.  We explored the visual meanings of the two kanji and sounds, as well as some other kanji characters and their radical… Read More »Discovering the meanings of Hanami 花見

Celebrating 雛祭り Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

Celebrating 雛祭り Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

The theme for March was 雛祭り Hinamatsuri Dolls’ Festival. Otsukaresamadeshita – well done to those who joined!  Hinamatsuri was on March 3rd – it is a popular festival known as the Girls’ Festival or Dolls’ Festival. Impressive carpeted platforms display beautiful ornamental dolls of the Emperor,… Read More »Celebrating 雛祭り Hinamatsuri at Kanji Club

The last day of winter 節分 Setsubun

The last day of winter 節分 Setsubun

At our cultural and language group Kanji Club on zoom we enjoyed marking 節分 Setsubun – the end of winter in the Japanese calendar – even although many of us had snow and ice where we were!  A couple of us followed tradition and threw some… Read More »The last day of winter 節分 Setsubun

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Discovering Japanese and Chinese characters at 漢字 Kanji Club

The theme for our first Kanji Club was お正月 Oshougatsu – New Year! It was a lively and lovely group, thanks to everyone who took part and embracing the language and cultural elements of the class. We learned about Japanese and Chinese characters, finding out… Read More »Discovering Japanese and Chinese characters at 漢字 Kanji Club