Level 4: Student Interests
- Japanese youth culture/ daily patterns
- conflict between group and individual needs
- movies/ TV programs
- leisure activities
- names of sports
The Japanese in general, but particularly the young borrow a great number of Western words, called 'gairaigo' がいらいご 外来語 lit. "outside, come, language." These are often abbreviated and modified.
An example of this is famicon ファミコン, being a hybrid of family and computer. Thus it has come to mean a computer in the family home, often used for recreational games.
Many young students go to 'juku' じゅく 熟 or 'yobikou' よびこう 予備校 to prepare for university entrance examinations. Sometimes there is a conflict between some young people who refuse to be set in the ordinary educational system and thesociety which does not except such youth.
(i)Young people's tie to their past is still strong in Japan. Learning to play a traditional instrument is still popular.
- koto こと 琴 Japanese horizontal harp
- shamisen しゃみせん 三味線 three-string bango-like instrument
- fue ふえ 笛 Asian flute
(ii) Classical theatre is also popular:
- kabuki かぶき 歌舞伎 Kabuki is a comical drama.
- nou のう It is written 'Noh' in English and is a serious, mysterious form of drama.
- bunraku ぶんらく Bunraku is Japanese puppetry.
(iii) On special occasions, many people still wear
kimono きもの 着物 lit. "wear-object"
(iv) The art of ikebana いけばな 生け花, flower arranging, and bonsai ぼんさい (minature tree-growing) are also popular past-times.
Many Japanese are sports fanatics and there are professional leagues for most sports, including baseball やきゅう 野球, soccer サッカー, volleyball, rugby, etc.
Interschool sports are very popular and are often televised with high viewership. In school, students tend to specialize in one or two sports and become very good in them. This also allows more students to play on school teams. Teams often pratice 6 or 7 days a week throughout the year, including summer holidays.
It is hard to find young Japanese who don't like animeアニメ as is a huge variety of types to suit anyone's tastes.
Sumou すもう 相撲 is widely popular and it's not uncommon to see four-year-olds playing すもう with their cohorts. In English it is written, sumo.
The younger generation has been called jinruijin じんるいじん 人類人, new humans. Why do you think they might be called that?
The generation gap may be even more pronounced in Japan than in Canada. Why might it be so?
Topics for study:
Calligraphy,Painting,The Way of the Bow,Karate, Judo,Bunraku,Kimono, Ikebana,Bonsai,Manga,Anime