Happy New Year_Sharika

Happy New Year!

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New 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!!!
Click the link below to see the whole page.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2304.html

‘Ber’ Months’

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.
8. Vacation
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.

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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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Japanese psychology game

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FIPIuw5KXY

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We are now almost half-way through the year already.

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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.
Sanno Festival
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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Vocabulary Tier

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Vocabulary Tier
Words have different levels or tiers. As English speakers, you should know what vocabulary tier to use when communicating with other people (whether it’s written or oral). You should always match the words that you use to the level of the person you’re talking to. The communication will be better when you use vocabulary tiers. Here’s an example:
Word: BEAUTIFUL (adj. physically attractive)
TIER 1: Consists of the most basic words.
appealing
cute
nice
pretty
lovely
TIER 2: Consists of words that occur often in mature language situations such as adult conversations and literature.
alluring
angelic
bewitching
charming
dazzling
enticing
exquisite
gorgeous
stunning
ravishing
TIER 3: Consists of words that are not frequently used except in specific content areas or domains
beauteous
pulchritudinous

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Golden Week

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Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays within seven days. In combination with well placed weekends, Golden Week becomes one of Japan’s three busiest holiday seasons, besides New Year and the Obon week.
Trains, airports and sightseeing spots get very crowded during Golden Week, and accommodation in tourist areas can get booked out well in advance.
The national holidays making up the Golden Week are:
April 29
Showa Day (Showa no hi):
April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in the year 1989. Until 2006, Greenery Day (see May 4) used to be celebrated on this day.
May 3
Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi):
On this day in 1947, the new postwar constitution was put into effect.
May 4
Greenery Day (Midori no hi):
Until 2006, Greenery Day used to be celebrated on April 29, the birthday of former Emperor Showa. The day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature. Before being declared Greenery Day, May 4 used to be a national holiday due to a law, which declares a day, that falls between two national holidays, a national holiday.
May 5
Children’s Day (Kodomo no hi):
The Boy’s Festival (Tango no Sekku) is celebrated on this day. Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life. The Girl’s Festival is celebrated on March 3.

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Communication~Sharika ~

Communication is one of the most important parts of our daily life. We cannot live without communicating with others in various ways. Communication is an art that everyone has to master. When communicating, we need to know the do`s and don`t`s to carry out a good and successful conversation.However, not all conversations can end up positively, along the way problems may arise. So, what are the things that we should do to avoid these and to have a better conversation?
Here are some tips from Celeste Headlee, She discussed about ways on how to have a better conversation. Watch her video and learn.
Enjoy watching!

https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation

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