20
AUG
2014

今日の言葉 – 残暑

2014/AUG/20 今日の言葉 – zansyo / 残暑: 立秋(8月7日)より後になっても暑さが残ることです。今年は残暑が厳しいらしいです。 #learnjapanese #wordoftheday twitter.com/alc_jpn facebook.com/aichilanguagecenter
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15
AUG
2014

Toro Nagashi

Today is the last day of our Obon holidays, and in Asuke, just north of Okazaki City, the festival ended with Toro Nagashi (とうろうながし / 灯籠流し), a traditional Buddhist ceremony involving floating small lanterns downstream. The village of Asuke, just down the hill from the recently rebuilt
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09
AUG
2014

Typhoon #11

There have been some emails concerning the strong typhoon (this year’s 11th) currently affecting parts of western Japan. We are not affected by it at all, just experiencing a bit of rain. The projected path of the typhoon is such that by Monday we are expecting clear skies, and
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05
AUG
2014

Heliskiing & Backcountry (Nagano)

It is another hot August day, the kind of heat that makes you wish you could go skiing! Japan has really good ski resorts, especially in Gifu, Nagano & Niigata, and further north all the way to Hokkaido. Each winter ALC regularly organizes trips to ski areas in Gifu and Nagano pr
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04
AUG
2014

Obon

The Obon (お盆) or Bon Festival is not a public holiday as such, but some areas of Japan observe it closely. In Aichi Prefecture, where for many generations farmers have tilled the rich alluvial floodplains, Buddhism has always been very strong. It is difficult for an employer to refuse
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