This class will require at least 5 - 6 students.
I will play simple Japanese word games with the students.
1) The Rhythm Game - counting names with numbers on a fixed rhythm.
2) The bucket, zokin (duster), and mop game.
3) The bomb game.
4) The hierarchy game.
5) The "I Love You" Game.
This class will focus around the Japanese belief of "Yaku-doshi" - the unlucky year.
I will talk about when it happens, how it happens, and what people do every year in order to avoid suffering the worst from the Yaku-doshi.
I will also talk about the "roku-yo" weekly system (six-day week system) and how each day of the week is underlined with a different fortune.
The class will center around the "Shiri-Tori" (word grabbing) game.
I will begin the class with a brief explanation of the "hiragana" and how Japanese letters are counted through "syllables" instead of letters.
I will begin the game by selecting a random word. For example, u-shi うし (cow).
This lesson will focus on how/when Japanese people use the ojigi (bow).
The ojigi is often used for casual greetings, business meetings, apologizing in public, greeting the emperor, etc., but for all cases they use an alternative style.
Later on we will discuss how other countries and cultures around the world use the "bow" and how they greet people.
I will talk about the latest girls (and guys) fashion in downtown Tokyo.
The discussion will also expand into how youth fashion in Japan has been lacking in moral, ever since the bubble era (late 1980s and early 1990s).
Furthermore, I will also talk about how middle aged adults can engage in absurd street fashion nowadays.
I will talk about the Tanabata festival that happens every year on July 7th.
I will explain the story behind Orihime and Hikoboshi, and how their meeting at Amanogawa (milky way) is recognized as a "summer valentine."
Towards the end, the students will write their wish on the tanzaku, and hang it on the sasa.
This lesson will focus on the struggles I faced in paying/or not paying the rent in Bangkok/Toronto/Tokyo.
I will talk about the different conditions involved in the rent deals, as well as how it "feels like" to live in the house/apartment of all three countries.
This lesson will focus on the Japanese Otogi Banashi - fairy tales.
I will talk about the traditional style of telling the tale (the Kami-Shibai).
Later on I will explain two of my favorite Otogi Banashis.
"Urashima-Taro" and "Kasa-Jizou."
This lesson will focus on the culture of Karaoke in Japan.
I will talk about the Karaoke Box - how it is used / when people use it, etc.
I will further extend the discussion into how karaoke is accepted and celebrated around the world. What people sing, their favorite song, etc.