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Showcasing the Best of Japan in Bengaluru

By Express News Service |Published: 16th February 2015 06:00 AM |Last Updated: 16th February 2015 04:34 AM [caption id="attachment_1569" align="alignleft" width="300"]learn japanese Students taking part in the Indo-Japanese cultural extravaganza ‘Japan Habba’ in Bengaluru on Sunday | nagesh polali[/caption]   BENGALURU: The 10th edition of the Indo-Japanese cultural extravaganza ‘Japan Habba’ was held in the city on Sunday. In keeping with the theme ‘Uchiwa’, the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium at Central College, where the event was held, was decorated with traditional Japanese hand fans made of bamboo and paper. Students performed dance sequences based on contemporary and traditional Japanese dance forms, as well Indian dances Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam, to a cheering audience. The audience got to hear a variety of songs in Japanese, Kannada, English and Hindi, with the highlight being the Japanese singing in Kannada and Indians singing in Japanese. Some of the highlights included a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, demonstrations of origami and kirigami techniques, calligraphy, ikebana, a cosplay with anime characters and others. [su_highlight background="#edec37"]Srividhya A, chairman of the Japan Habba 2015 Organising Committee, said the essence of the day-long event was the vibrant amalgamation of two distinct cultures, opening a window to the best of both countries. Since its inception in 2005, the Habba has aimed at promoting Indo-Japanese relations and providing a platform for people to appreciate the cultural heritage of the two nations.[/su_highlight]   This year, the festival was organised in association with the Japanese Consulate Office in Bengaluru, The Japan Foundation in New Delhi, Bangalore Nihongo Kyooshi-kai (Japanese Language Teachers Association, Bengaluru), Bangalore University, Koyo Japanese Speaking Group, the Japanese Association of Bangalore and the Indo-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Karnataka).    
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learn japanese He is the boss of the world’s most feared software behemoth. However even he has  missed out on some very “common sensical” things to do in life. Here is your chance to get better than him! [su_highlight background="#e9f548"]“I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign languages” Bill Gates ..On his biggest regrets in life.[/su_highlight] If that is not sufficient motivation to start learning Japanese, here are some that should wake you up! We are specifically talking about learning Japanese. Learning Japanese provides the following key advantages. learning japanese1. In the current Indian context, learning Japanese is a fantastic career option. Apart from the fact that it is remunerative, it is also very satisfying. If you are nursing regrets of not having been able to take up a professional course, don’t miss this one. Important aspects like why should one learn Japanese, what career options exist , what salary can one expect have been discussed in great detail in our blogs. Please refer to these posts. learn japanese 2. Learning Japanese immensely benefits your brain. Research has proven that learning a foreign language (in this case Japanese!) strengthens & makes it robust. More on that in our next blog. So if you had such a unique opportunity that pushes you ahead of Bill Gates & also gives you the benefits listed above, why would you miss it? As you plan to learn Japanese, check out the benefits that  Sakuraa would provide you by way of Sakuraa Seven!  Go ahead & start learning Japanese!

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Japanese Business Conversation Challenges!

Sakuraa Wishes Everyone a Very Peaceful & Prosperous 2015! On the job demands are very different from the skills acquired studying for JLPT Exams! Will your Japanese Skills cross these hurdles at work?
  • You need to attend conference calls / meetings.
  • Make an extempore presentation.
  • Send reports to senior managers in Japanese (must use humble & respectful language)  using Ukemi,sonkeigo-kenjogo.
  • Manage Telephone etiquettes.
  • Clarify conversational aspects that you could not check with your colleague / superior!
If you are unsure, don't hesitate. This is your best chance to learn from a native tutor. We are happy to offer to you, the experience of  Matsumoto Sensei , a seasoned & widely sought after Japanese teacher. Program Details:
  • Business conversation skills
  • 50 hours
  • Weekend Program
  • Starting on 18th Jan 2015
Prerequisite:
  • Candidate must be JLPT N3 & above OR JLPT N4 with good experience in a Japanese work environment.
For further details pls call Ms Rama @ 8904390300 OR 080-23464677

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HAYACHINE KAGURA - In Bengaluru

Supported by Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre

Japanese Folk Traditional Performing Art

Sakuraa Thanks everyone who attended the program & made it a grand success. Here are some photographs for you to reminisce!   [gallery ids="1487,1497,1496,1495,1494,1493,1488,1489,1490,1491,1492,1486,1485,1484" orderby="rand"]

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Learning Japanese – JLPT EXAM TIPS!

 

learn japaneseLEVELS N3/N2/N1

The last test is to clear the JLPT exams, which is round the corner! Clearing JLPT exam means great preparation, a ton of diligent work & practice. As far as the exams are concerned, it would be very helpful to have some valuable tips from the masters. Such tips have made the difference between success & failure in many cases. Here we  have Matsumoto  Sensei of Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Center offering his best tips for the JLPT exams N1-N2-N3 Levels.

For Level N2...more tips from Rui Sensei!

LEVELS N4/N3

For those appearing for the JLPT N4 & N3 levels, we have more tips ! Check out Rui Sensei & Tateishi Sensei of Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Center offering their best tips here.

Warm wishes from Sakuraa for the JLPT examination!

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HAYACHINE KAGURA - In Bengaluru

Supported by Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre

Japanese Folk Traditional Performing Art

learning Japanese   To get a quick understanding...... Broadly speaking, Hayachine Kagura,  is similar to our very own Yakshagana. Its is believed to have originated in the 12th Century AD, in the central zone of Iwate Prefecture North-east Japan, about 600 KMs from Tokyo. Kagura roughly translates to "divine entertainment". Mt. Hayachine is sacred and revered by locals. There is small spring at the peak of this sacred mountain. Like with most rivers originating from a mountain, the spring develops into a stream, meanders through forests, builds up volume & speed to reach the fields in the plains. Local legend has it that fairy "Yakusha" becomes the stream. As a gesture of thanksgiving for good harvests & also to ensure well being in the future, locals worship Hayachine Mountain by way of Kagura Performance every year on the same day. There are similarities between Hayachine Kagura & Yakshagana.
  • Dance Drama: Music, Dancing and Singing Narratives. There are episodes in Hayachine Kagura, Founding Mythologies of Japan, local legend and The Origin Story of The Shinto Temple. These are similar to our own, revered Mahabharata, Ramayana and Prana in Yakshagana.
  • Hayachine Kagura is a touring performing arts. The troupe visits villages & local area around Mt. Hayachine between November & the following March.
  • The stage size. Yakshagana’s stage space is about 10 Sqft and that of Hayachine’s is about 19.5 Sqft.
Hayachine Kagura Awards: - Japanese National Intangible Cultural Heritage 1976. - World Intangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO 2010. DON'T MISS this rare opportunity to get an insight into Japanese Yakshagana. Its FREE!

Venue: Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore Date: 21st Nov 2014 Time: 7 to 8:30 PM

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learn japanese Learning Japanese is a very exciting & interesting process. That is how it should be! Japanese language lends itself to many perception challenges, especially to beginners. This could get further reinforced if the teaching methodology is not creative. It’s the responsibility of the Japanese language teacher to create an abiding interest in the language. That’s the only way learning Japanese will be interesting! At Sakuraa we continuously work on our teaching methodology to ensure that the focus is on making the learning experience interesting. We do this by a variety of techniques. Every student who comes to us is different.  We continuously adapt to them. Student diversity keeps us on our toes. No matter what we claim, the ultimate proof of our ability lies in what our students think of us! So here is yet another interesting case. Watch Sunil’s Japanese learning experience at  Sakuraa. Listen carefully to his perception challenge as he started out learning Japanese, the help he received in utilizing the Nihonjin Sensei's skills etc. Mastery over Kanji’s is an integral part of learning Japanese. Sunil finds the Kanji learning process at Sakuraa very helpful. The grammar practice & story telling sessions at Sakuraa have only helped him build his confidence in the Japanese language. You could learn Japanese too! Call us for additional details. 080- 23464677 or Email us - info@snrc.o.in
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1st Nov 2014: learn japaneseKannada Rajyothsavada Shubashaigalu! Many of us admire Kannada, for all the right reason! Today is a day to reflect on that yet again. At this juncture how would it be if one could put ones’ Kannada knowledge to good effect in building a good career in Japanese language? Does   it sound improbable or weird? No it is not!  Read on… Kannada , like many Indian mothers tongues, carries a grammar structure very similar to Japanese  language (unlike English). The S-O-V (Subject – Object – Verb ) structure of Kannada & Japanese is similar.  Watch this video to understand this better. So competence in Kannada can easily translate into better learning of Japanese. Surprisingly many prospective Japanese learners think that learning Japanese would need a command over English language! It goes without saying that in today’s globalized world, it certainly helps having a good control over English. However the point is that there are many who have excelled in learning Japanese despite drawbacks with their English, by leveraging their native language strengths! This actually is a very important point for prospective Japanese language learners to note. Quite frankly its doesn’t matter how good one’s English is.  One needn’t be diffident on this score. Learning Japanese can take off based on the learner’s native mother tongue strengths. Why is this important?? Many career opportunities around Japanese language skills are opening up. There is a significant demand for Japanese language skills.  Read this to  understand career opportunities, salaries etc for those with Japanese language skills.  Read this to get an idea of the Japanese job market in India.   After all nothing like hearing from a student who would fit this story above! Watch him talk about it (its in Kannada!) Done ? Like to learn Japanese? Reach us here.

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Learning Japanese at SNRC

Akshara Iyer is an enthusiastic student of Japanese language. We reproduce below,  her experience at SNRC (un edited!) [caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Japanese Classes at Sakuraa Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption] Learning a foreign language has become an important aspect when it comes to taking up career jobs. Japanese language is one such language which is in the limelight and has become more prominent as there are many tie ups and exchanges expected with Japanese Companies for mutual benefit of both the countries. These companies have been coming up in India to establish manufacturing base and thereby giving thrust to better business relationship between India and Japan. At Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre (SNRC), an institute specializing in Japanese language, one does not just learn the language but also gets exposure to the Japanese Culture, through various workshops and camps. Some of the workshops conducted are on Japanese calligraphy, Origami, etc. In the calligraphy workshops, students get an insight into the calligraphy of Japan and also write their own calligraphies. In the Origami workshops, they learn more about the art of folding paper, the most famous being that of the paper crane. It is said that if one were to make a 1000 paper cranes, their wish would be granted. Interesting, right? There are also business etiquette programs that highlight the basic etiquette followed in Japan, such as bowing as a form of greeting; the right way to receive a business card to tea ceremonies. It is important to know these etiquette while interacting with Japanese clients and people. A lot of companies have benefited from these programs. SNRC provides training for corporates as well as students. The conversation classes help students to pick up the Japanese language faster and improve their communication skills. They have a basic course and an advanced course. The basic course helps to improve vocabulary and pronunciation as well as to be able to speak or converse in Japanese. The advanced course is for those who want to improve their fluency in the language as well as to deal with clients. Learning at SNRC has been a great learning experience for me. We have teachers, who are very passionate about their work. The classes have always been fun and yet educative. As a student, learning Japanese at SNRC has been very beneficial more so because the teaching here has been really innovative. . For each level we don't just have information about what is to be learnt for that level but also extra information regarding Japan, the people and their customs and traditions. Apart from offering courses in Japanese language, SNRC also offers Japanese to English translations and vice versa, Japanese Interpretation services, etc. Bilingual staffing is also a provided wherein the staff members can either be under a contract or permanent or specialize in Japanese as well as English or their mother tongue. SNRC has a variety of students ranging from school going students to university students to housewives to working professionals from various companies. The organization itself is organised and the courses well structured and hence has been extremely developmental in its approach. All in all, if you want to learn Japanese, then the best place is Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre. They currently have two centres Bengaluru, one in 18th cross Malleswaram and the other in Koramangala.

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