learn japanese pod magazine september 2011
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DESCRIPTIONWelcome to Learn Japanese Pod Magazine, a free digital publication about Japan, its culture and studying Japanese.
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.
NARAL e a r n J a p a n e s e P o d . c o m
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: email@example.com
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Japanese Lesson Interview Visiting NaraJapanese RecipeSeptember Events
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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.
- 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
A: kono nomimono wa nani
B: ringo jyuusu. nonde mite.
A: Whats this drink?
B: Apple juice. Try (drink ) it.
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:
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
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
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
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