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    September 2011

    TRAVELThis months travel feature focuses on visiting Nara on foot with recommendations on some of the best places to visit.

    JAPANESEIn this months edition we look at some really useful verbs to make you sound more natural in Japanese.

    EVENTSFind out what is happening across Japan this September with our full events listings.





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    WelcomeWelcome to the Learn Japanese Pod Magazine for September 2011. This month has even more great information

    on Japan and learning Japanese. In this months edition, we have a Japanese lesson, interview with a Shamisen teacher, a travel guide to Nara, full events

    listings for Japan for September and more. We hope you enjoy this magazine and would love to hear your thoughts,

    ideas, comments and suggestions so please feel free to drop us an email at: info@learnjapanesepod.com

    Learn Japanese Pod NewsWe have some exciting news for you from the Learn Japanese Pod website. Over the next few weeks, we will be

    releasing some more Japanese lesson podcasts and ending at lesson #110. This will be the end of season one. After that,

    we are planning a totally new season of podcasts and videos in a new format. So please stay tuned for that. You can check

    out all the podcasts on the podcasts page.

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    Fun Friday If you havent heard the Fun Friday

    editions of Learn Japanese Pod

    check out the latest one here with

    Alex and Asuka. The Fun Friday

    podcast is where we put down our

    Japanese textbooks and talk about

    life in Japan, studying Japanese and

    anything else that comes into our

    heads at the time of recording. In the

    latest one, we discuss what Asuka

    misses from Japan, the difference

    between American, English and

    Japanese service and drug stores in

    Japan. Check it out!

    New Japanese Cheat SheetsAs well as this magazine, we will be

    releasing a series of monthly email

    Japanese cheat sheets including

    grammar, vocabulary and dialogs to

    help you with your language studies.

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    Japan Events Please email us if you have any

    Japan-related events in your corner

    of the globe. We would love to hear

    about your events so other people

    interested in learning about Japan, its

    culture and language can find

    something near them. Please email

    us at: info@learnjapanesepod.com


    Japanese Lesson Interview Visiting NaraJapanese RecipeSeptember Events

    3 45 ~ 789

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    TE+Miru Compound Verbs

    In this months lesson we are going to

    look at adding the verb MIRU (to see)

    to the end of TE form verbs. The

    resulting meaning denotes trying the

    action of the first verb and seeing

    what the results might be.

    For example:

    - tabete miru

    To try some food

    - nonde miru

    To try a drink

    - itte miru

    To go and try/see something

    - yatte miru

    To try to do something

    Example Dialogs

    Ex 1)A:


    A: kono nomimono wa nani

    B: ringo jyuusu. nonde mite.

    A: Whats this drink?

    B: Apple juice. Try (drink ) it.

    Ex 2)A:


    A: kinou hajimete keeki wo tsukutta

    kedo, tabete miru

    B: Un, taberu

    A: Yesterday I made a cake for the

    first time, do you want to try it?

    B: Yes, Ill eat/try it

    Ex 3) A:


    A: dekiru?

    B: Toriaezu yatte miru

    A: Can you do it?

    B: Well, Ill try it and see for now

    Other ExamplesIt is also possible to modify the verb

    MIRU as in these following examples.


    kono hon o yonde mitai

    I want to try/read this book


    socchoku ni itte miro

    Try telling the truth (very strong)


    itte miyou kana to omotta

    I was thinking of going/checking it



    yatte miyou

    Lets try it


    kutsu o haite mite mo ii desu ka

    Can I try on these shoes?

    So, try adding these phrases to your

    daily Japanese conversation and see

    what happens.

    Try it out!

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    Fujimoto sensei, a Shamisen teacher in Tokyo. If you are looking for some easily

    accessible traditional Japanese

    music and other arts, then Kumiya

    Fujimoto is your person. You can

    usually find her hosting and

    performing in Japanese Lounge

    Night, a free monthly event, held at

    the Pink Cow in Tokyo. Performances

    include Shamisen, Koto, Taiko,

    Japanese flutes and even live

    painting to name just a few of the

    acts. The standard is high as many of

    the performers are professional

    teachers and performers as is

    Fujimoto. I caught up with her and we

    talked about about music, the

    shamisen and performing.

    How did you get into playing the Shamisen? When my grandmother took me to

    her Shamisen lesson, I completely fell

    in love with her teachers voice and

    presence. So I decided to take it up.

    Who are your favorite Shamisen performers? My favorite Shamisen performer in

    the whole word is my own teacher.

    How did Japanese Lounge Night start? One of my students from Jamaica

    took me along to an event at the Pink

    Cow. I became friends with the

    manager there and we came up with

    the idea of putting on an event that

    showcases the best of traditional

    Japanese arts and talent.

    For more information about Shamisen

    lessons with Fujimoto sensei please

    visit her website at:


    You can also find out more about the

    Japanese Lounge Night here:

    Japanese Lounge Night on Facebook

    Japanese Lounge Night

    If you want to experience some traditional performing arts from Japan for free, then head down to the Pink Cow in Shibuya Tokyo for the Japanese Lounge Night which is held every month. The event is hosted by Kumiya Fujimoto, a Shamisen performer and teacher based in Tokyo. Check the links below for more information:The Pink CowKumiya Fujimoto

    Traditional Japanese Performing Arts in Tokyo

    INTERVIEW Kumiya Fujimoto

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    Trip to NaraIn our last issue, we looked at sightseeing in Kyoto and

    this month, we stay in the Kansai region with a trip to

    Nara. Compared to Kyoto, Nara is smaller but still has a

    lot of historical sites of interest and beautiful scenic walks

    well worth a visit. Nara has also escaped more from some

    of the ugly modern development that Kyoto has been

    criticized for. Another great feature is that it is easy to get

    around on foot or if you are feeling more adventurous,

    you can take a rickshaw tour. You can easily see the main

    temples, check out the old town in Naramachi and play

    with the mischievous deer in Nara Park all in one day.

    On my last trip, fatigued from a busy one day photo

    shoot in Kyoto, I decided to walk around Nara at a more

    leisurely pace. Here is the main route I took with some of

    the highlights of the trip.

    Mischievous deerWhen getting off at Kintestu Nara station and walking

    north into Nara park, the first things you will see are the

    deer. According to the legends of Kasuga shrine, the deer

    are regarded as heavenly animals who are guardians of

    the city and Japan. Although mostly docile, these are

    heavenly animals not to be messed with when you get a

    Shika Sembei in your hand. Those are special rice

    crackers sold to tourists to feed the deer. You should be

    careful because when food is added to the equation, the

    deer become heavenly animals with attitude. There are

    signs warning unsuspecting tourists of the occasional

    bad behavior of the deer. For example:

    - kamu - biting

    - tataku - kicking

    - tsuku - butting

    - tosshin - charging

    I don't want to give the deer a bad reputation as they are

    definitely very cute and have even learned to bow to

    receive food with out chargingusually.

    TodaijiOn the lead up to Todaiji t