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Posted 12/31/14 , edited 12/31/14
Happy New Year's everyone!! Please share with us what you are doing to celebrate the first day of 2015!
As for me, I am going to the local Japanese supermarket and going to see a taiko performance, lion dance, and hopefully mochi ponding! I'm totally celebrating New Year's the Japanese way!

This was an ad for the event! doesn't it look fun?


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仕事で全く疲れたから、寝坊するつもりだけだよ!
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MidorikaSatsu wrote:
Also, these Karuta cards (funny thing, though; "karuta" sounds very similar to the Polish word "karta", which means "card") - I think I heard about them somewhere but I've no idea about the rules. I don't know if I'm right but I think that Nintendo - you know, that huge gaming company - first started with producing these cards somewhere at the end of 19h century. Too bad there's no one to play with you - traditional games (board, card, etc.) are so cool yet they usually require other people. The poems look intriguing, too. Are they as interesting as they appear at the first glance? :D


I apologize in advance if you already know this:

The Japanese first learned about cards from Portuguese traders back in the 16th century. So "carta" became "karuta" and had meant cards in general. The 100 poems karuta are special. It's part of a highly competitive matching game featured in the anime Chihayafuru. I love that show.

The cards you are thinking about, started by Nintendo, are hanafuda. These cards can be used with several different rule sets, but if you've ever seen the movie "Summer Wars" you'll be familiar with the game Koi-Koi. I think that has its origins with the yakuza.
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I happen to have the "Official Chihayafuru waka guidebook," ちはやと覚える百人一首 (Learn the 100 Poems with Chihaya). The book is still a fair bit above my level, but I can read some of it here and there, and it helps explain the poems. That card shows the second of the 100 poems. The name of the poet is on the right side (持統天皇), an empress from the 7th century. As far as I can understand it (i.e. the guidebook's explanation), the poem is about the summer, and paints an emotional picture. Spring has passed and the summer has just come. The pure whiteness of one's clothing drying outside contrasts against the background of the restored greenery on Kagu Mountain (a particular mountain near Nara, and apparently an ancient holy site). I imagine this poem sounds and feels much better in Japanese than reading my words! I imagine the Japanese of this poem is probably pretty archaic.

I can't reproduce the entire entry in the guidebook by any means, but it gives a more modernized rendition:

春が過ぎて夏が来たらしい。真っ白な衣を干すという天の香具山では。

as well distillation of the poem's essence: 爽やかな初夏の訪れはの感動
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Posted 1/17/15
That's so cool. I'm going to have to get a copy.

I have a Hokusai wood block art book of the prints he made and was making to illustrate the 100 poems. I haven't gone through it as much as I should, but it is pretty interesting reading.
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That's so cool! Do you like drawing? I suggest that you get some good paper for copics, I use laser printing paper, and ink that doesn't bleed with alcohol markers. You can google how to colour with copics and there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube.
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Yeah, I already knew about the 100 poems, Ditto-san! The ones I have are part of the 100 poems! I also added that show Chihayafuru to my queue bu I never got around to watching it. I guess after reading the whole manga series, Hikaru no Go, I'm no longer in the mood to watch or read any series revolving around competitions. Maybe one day I'll read the manga Chihayafuru. Also yes, I remember that other card game from the movie Summer Wars! Don;t they use the flower cards, the Hanafuda for that Koi koi game?

Sushi-san that's so awesome you have a have a guidebook for the poems. I have a book for the poems too, called "One Hundred Leaves: A new annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu. It's an okay book, but nonetheless the poems re really difficult because of the ancient Japanese. Since we're talking about the second poem, I've included here what my book explains about it! As you described, Sushi-san, it's a quite somber/melancholic poem:



The archaic Japanese really bothers me. Does anyone here know anything about archaic Japanese? Like for instance in the poem, the word てふ 's pronunciation is described as ちょう? Archaic Japanese really interests me

Also, Ditto-san my cards are actually produced by Nintendo, as evidenced on the lower right hand side of this small slip of paper which came with the set:


Yes, Rachel san! I like drawing, though I'm not that good at it. I prefer sketching actually. But thank you for your advice. I have Deleter manga paper which is amazing paper, I highly recommend it. Though it's so hard to find it in the USA since we don't have A4 paper size like many other countries of the world. The Copic markers did;t even bleed on the Deleter paper! But the Prismacolor markers did bleed slightly with really bothered me. So the lesson is: if you have enough money and want really good manga markers go for Copic and not Prismacolor!
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Posted 1/20/15
You should watch chihayafuru! It's really good!
Cool I like to draw too but I'm really lazy. Why don't you have a4 paper? How many copics and prismacolours do you have? I really like letraset markers and I've never tried prismacolours.
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I personally know next to nothing about classical Japanese. However, if any parallels can be drawn with classical Chinese versus modern Chinese, learning classical language would be a very advanced topic. When I was in University, classical Chinese was a fourth year level course. I didn't have time to take the course, but did delve into it on my own at the time, and classical Chinese is very very different from modern Chinese-- one could perhaps consider it like Chaucerian Middle English versus modern English of today. The characters happen to be the same (more or less), but the structure is very different. It's almost like another language.
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I think I over simplified my Nintendo info. The company got its start as a producer of cards, so it makes sense that they would make a variety of different cards. It is pretty cool that they still continue that tradition.

As for older Japanese, I only know a little. The simplification process (around 1947?) really changed things. It isn't unfair to say that it is a different language. If you wondered why particles wa and e are written with ha and he, it comes from some of these changes.

I am interested in linguistics in general so I tend to pay attention to these things. But to be honest, I haven't researched that part of Japanese in depth. I'm still trying to learn the language as it is.

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Posted 1/21/15
In the USA, we don't have A4 size paper, the only size that comes close here is called "letter size" which is fatter and shorter than A4 size. I actually prefer A4 size, but it's too bad we don't use that size here I have 12 Primsacolors and 8 copics. I wish i had more copies but they're so expensive! I've never heard of letraset markers, are they good?

いいです。And sorry about asking about classical Japanese, I'm just really curious about like everything! I'm just trying to learn the language as it is too, but the classical Japanese used in those 100 cards really interests me!
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Posted 1/21/15
Oh okay. Yeah copics are really expensive. Letraset flexmarkers are really good they are really similar to copics but they are cheaper and not refillable.
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Posted 1/22/15
I looked up Letraset markers and they appear to be in the same price range as the Prismacolor ones. The thing I love about Copics is that the tip is soft and bendable. I don't really like the hard tip that the Prismacolor ones have!
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Yeah. Letraset flexmarkers also have a brush tip.
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Ok, I know the change to Daylight Savings Time is not a holiday, but I was wondering if Japan follows this practice too. I know a lot of countries don't.
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