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Belief

Tanabata Festival

04 Jul 2011
Posted by NaokiOkura

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.   

Materials: 
Some pictures. Sasa branch (optional). Origami or tanzaku (optional).
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くしゃみ sneeze

20 Jun 2011
Posted by Kenji

くしゃみについてのお話

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Posted by NaokiOkura

This is a discussion about the Japanese Yokai (traditional monsters), that have haunted the nation for centuries. 

The class will focus around the tengu (long-nosed devil), oni (red faced devil) and kappa (the frog man). 

I will talk about my visit to the Takao Mountain (where the tengu and oni have been "spotted").

I will also talk about my experiences at Osore-zan (a spiritual mountain in Japan) if I have time. 

Materials: 
Tengu Mask Pictures