Language is an art. It evolves all the time. Scholars and dictionaries must keep up. The Internet has become the strongest and the number one source of new words in this generation. It has spawned a new crop of words of stuff and the combinations of words are clever.
Many of the new words are from urbandictionary.com, which is basically a dictionary of modern slang. This site is probably the most complete dictionary of modern slang.
Most of the words are portmanteaus. It’s what you get when you mash both the sounds and meanings of two words together to get a new one. Did you know, for example, that the word ‘smog’ is a portmanteau (smoke and fog)? ‘Brunch’ (breakfast and lunch) is another one that is becoming more and more popular, although it’s been around for a while.
Aside from the examples given above, there are much more words that you may find interesting and useful at times. Why don’t you check the following pictures with the new words and their meanings. Click the images below.
In spring, hay fever or pollen allergy is very common. It’s ‘kafunsho’ in Japanese. Excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat are some of the common symptoms. Everyone may experience and suffer from this allergy caused by Japanese cedar pollen or sugi tree.
To survive this dreadful experience, look and read down below some ways to survive the allergy.
1. Wear a mask to help prevent inhalation of pollen.
2. Use face spray to prevent fine particles from entering nose and eyes.
3. Use eye drops to rinse pollen and dirt from the eyes.
4. Use nasal spray up to three times a day depends on the type and dosage.
5. Take antihistamines. Consult ENT for the best method of treatment.
6. Invest on a good air filter not only to add moisture but also to remove pollen, dust and smell in the room.
7. Never be short of tissue paper for runny nose..
8. Boost immune system by taking probiotics for fast recovery.
9. Wipe floors with a damp mop, a vacuum cleaner will spread the pollen only.
10. Check pollen forecast at all times, too.
Spring season has just started. It’s means a new beginning.
In Japan, cherry blossoms are popular in spring. For Japanese people the blooming of cherry blossom trees symbolizes human life, transience and nobleness.
People await this time and enjoy the festival, sakura festival or also called cherry blossom festival. They go out and enjoy hanami, the traditional viewing and enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms.
To indulge in picnics beneath the blooming cherry blossom trees and enjoy hanami, here’s the forecast for this year. The best spots to see them are included as well. Let’s all enjoy the week-long beauty of the cherry blossom trees.
New Year’s Day is one of the most celebrated, festive and busiest events of the year. Families and friends celebrate together and a variety of celebration is practiced worldwide. The idea of being away from family and friends on this day seems sad and devastating, but it can be the opposite. Experiencing and learning a new tradition can be fun, exciting, interesting and enlightening.
This year, I spent my New Year in Japan for the first time. I compared how different the tradition and practices were to the Philippines’. The journey of knowing these was nothing but enjoyable. I made a list of things to distinguish how the celebration in both countries differ. (Please see the list below.)
After the event, I came to realize that a few things were similar, but there were much more differences. In Japan, people commemorate New Year’s Day solemnly, quietly and in a more relaxed way, while in the Philippines, people welcome the new year with a ‘bang’. It’s all about loud noise that equates happiness. The louder, the better. The belief is a happy beginning means a happy year.
It’s Yuletide season again. It means Christmas time and wintertime. It’s a season of joy and and a season of giving. Each country has its own culture in celebrating this season.
In Japan, Christmas is celebrated with Christmas cake and many lights and bright Christmas decors. With this, Illuminations have become a part of the tradition. For this year, http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2304.html prepared a list of places where you can enjoy the light festival. It’ll be a fun experience for everyone, so don’t miss the chance.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
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Today is the last day of August and tomorrow ‘Ber’ Months’ will start.
There are few good reasons to celebrate ‘Ber Months’. Many are now excited every time that “Ber” months starts. It means that the ghost month period is finally over and it is the start of a season that is full of optimism. “Ber” months is a period of the year where most holiday occurs. This period involves the last four months of the year, which are September, October, November, and December, basing from the Gregorian calendar.
What happens when ‘Ber months’ start?
1. Holiday season starts
2. More discounts
3. Cheaper tourism
4. Family gathering
5. Attending events and parties
6. Gift giving
7. Start earning more.
There are a lot of things to do and celebrate during these months. Are you excited to do them? Which one is your favorite? Mine are vacation, family gathering and attending events and parties
Odaiba, one of the popular dating spots in Tokyo because of its romantic beach front, set a wonderful atmosphere last night by lighting wonderful paper lanterns with the help of volunteers. It was done to commemorate Sea Day. The place was able to create a romantic and relaxed atmosphere that was enjoyed by both locals and foreign visitors. While roaming around, you could enjoy listening to the music performed by local artists and was done in the middle of the area. It was pretty crowded last night but it was all good. It’s a fun experience for me.
How about you? Did you visit the place last night? Do you have any fun memories of Sea Day? Why don’t you share and comment below.
I’d like to share some of the photos I took last night, by the way.
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How much do you know about your personality?
Are personality tests accurate?
Why don’t you give this personality test a try?
This one is a Japanese psychology game.
Kindly click the link and watch the video. Just follow the instruction. Have fun.
Time flies. We’re now almost half-way through the year already. June is the 6th month of the year. The month of June was named after the Roman goddess name Juno, the goddess of marriage. During the ancient time, the best time to get married was in June because the marriage would be protected by Juno. However, things changed.
People across the globe do other special things and celebrate different occasions in June. How about in Japan? What do Japanese people do in June? How’s June like in Japan?
June has less events than any other month in Japan. Nevertheless, a handful of event can be found. Here’s the list.
Yosakoi Soran Festival
Early June (unconfirmed), Sapporo
The Yosakoi Soran Festival is a Yosakoi dance festival featuring 300 teams and 30,000 dancers. Most of the teams are university and college teams that come from all over Japan to compete. Sapporo is on the northern island of Hokkaido and has no rainy season.
June 7 to June 17, Tokyo
The Sanno Festival involves a long parade of 25 kilometers through the streets of central Tokyo. It also includes several smaller events at Hie Shrine.
Hokkaido Shrine Festival
June 14 to June 16, Sapporo
A standard Japanese festival with mikoshi, a float parade and festival food. It has a local feel with few international visitors. Northern cities have a special enthusiasm for Spring and the locals jump at a chance to put on yukata and spend time outside in June. The festival attracts 1 million people, representing about half the population of the city.
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