Japanese Lessons

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hina Matsuri ひなまつり(雛祭り)

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day.
Japanese people celebrate Girls’ day on March 3.
Hina matsuri is the Festival of Dolls and also called Girls’ Day Festival, this is the day on which wishes are expressed for the future happiness of girls. Hinamatsuri is also called Momo no Sekku, which means Seasonal Festival of Plums. This derived from one of 5 seasonal festivals (go-sekku) of China: Jooshi. People believed that evil spirits easily get into human bodies during the seasonal turning points. In China, people purified themselves by washing their bodies in the rivers on March 3. Learning from the Chinese custom, Japanese people started dolls made of paper and rubbed one’s body with the paper doll to transfer their stain. Then they send paper dolls down the river and decorating dolls to get rid of ones’ stain. This is the beginning of Hina matsuri and was established during the Edo period. 

The dolls depicts the imperial court. two dolls on the top level are the Emperor and Empress, three Court Ladies on the second level, the 5 musicians on the level below, the Minister of the right/left, and the three servants on the lower-level above the beautiful furniture.

This image is from https://omatsurijapan.com/blog/about-hinamatsuri/

I had a gathering with some of the students on March 3, and shared simple version of Chirashi-zushi, with them. You can try it at one of the local Japanese Restaurants. It’s colourful and tasty!

Special Lesson

On Wednesday, January 29, I had a special lesson showing one episode from the Japanese TV program and talked about some on the Japanese culture, etiquette, as well as some common Japanese phrases. This lesson also included a tasting of a simple Japanese dish that was in the TV episode.

My current students seemed to enjoy it, and I will notify via my website and on my Facebook page when I am able to offer special class like this in the future.

– Minimum 3 students and max 5 students to offer a class — The estimated charge will be from $20 to $25 per student 
– For now, I am considering around noon or 1 pm one 
weekday and it will be 90 minutes long.
– If you are interested in Japanese culture, but not so much  
on the language, this may be a good introduction to learn 
more about Japan.

Thank you very much!

Holiday Gathering – 2



I had a holiday gathering for my adult students on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. As many of my adult students have their family to look after, I separated gatherings in several different days.

We enjoyed a chopstick game by picking a marble with chopsticks and transferring it from one bowl to another also a Shiritori game. Shiritori game is a word game that the player is required to say a word which begins with the final sound of the word that previous player said. The word can’t end with a sound of “n”, so you could start with, ‘gakki”がっき→”kimono”(きもの)→”nori”(のり), and “risu”(りす), but “gakki” (がっき)can’t be followed by “kirin”(きりん)as it ends with “n” sound.

Thank you all for joining my gathering!!!

Holiday Gathering

I was so lucky to be able to share this amazing time with my teenage students and their parent(s) on Friday, December 6, 2019. They started the gathering by helping with decorating my Christmas tree so beautifully. Thank you all for your contribution!

It was the first time for me to invite my students’ parent(s) for our holiday gathering. We ate together, share our stories, and played some games together.One of the games was to pick marbles with chopsticks and move them from one cup to them another. Many students love eating sushi, so it wasn’t too difficult for them.

One of my students’ mother made some beautiful cakes and I enjoyed watching some students eating their cake with chopsticks….

Thank you very much for this precious memory and I appreciate all of my students and their family who support my teaching business.

The Secret World of Arrietty

Hello everyone!

The Secret World of Arrietty will be showed at the Park Lane Theatre. There will be doubt one and Japanese with English Subtitles, so please confirm which one you are viewing before you purchase your ticket.

Join GKIDS when they bring The Secret World of Arrietty back to theatres as the sixth title in Studio Ghibli Fest 2019. From Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, comes a gorgeous and adventure-filled adaptation of The Borrowers, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, about an extraordinary world of tiny people that live out of sight of humans.

Showtimes

Click on a number to locate your theatre on the map below 

1Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, (902) 423-4860 
Sun 1:30  
Mon 3:20  
Wed 7:30