The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 298

■■ Motivation to Study Japanese, Learning Methods, and the Appeal of the Japanese Language ■■

Dear readers,

The Japan Foundation would like to wish you a belated happy and prosperous new year!

In Japan, we eat mochi, or rice cakes, in winter more than any other seasons. Although mochi is available all through the year, we buy it in December for New Year's dishes. And now we have to finish eating it by its best-before date.
There are so many sweet and savory mochi recipes. Oshiruko and zenzai, which are hot sweet red bean soup with mochi topping, are popular ones.
You can try a bowl of oshiruko or zenzai in certain Japanese style cafes all year round. But it is enjoyable to eat in winter as they really warm you up. Of course, you can also cook one at home. In any case, be careful not to burn your tongue!

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◇Motivation to Study Japanese, Learning Methods, and the Appeal of the Japanese Language: Tips from Foreigners Who Apply Their Japanese Language Proficiency in Their Careers
[Part 1]
Musician Marty Friedman, manga artist Carolin Eckhardt, and voice actress Jenya told us about their approach to studying Japanese and the reasons they felt attracted to it.

http://bit.ly/2iA7psb

◇The Development of JF Japanese e-Learning Minato, a Place to Learn and Meet
Behind-the-scenes story of "JF Japanese e-Learning Minato" told by a member of the development team.

http://bit.ly/2k3rtU0

◇From Rio to Tokyo: "Olha Pro Ceu -Look at the Sky-" Joint Japan-Brazil Pop Concert
Music producer and radio program producer Jin Nakahara wrote about the joint Japan-Brazil pop concert in Rio de Janeiro in July 2016.
 
http://bit.ly/2j88CTv

◇Brazil in the Eyes of Street Dancers: No Borders
Street dance unit Hilty & Bosch wrote about their dance exchanges with the children in a favela they visited, as well as the dance performances.

http://bit.ly/2jmJjOC

◇Let's Think about Japanese Hip Hop, Japanese Rap, and Their Future
Rapper DARTHREIDER a.k.a. Rei Wordup explained the history of hip hop and the present boom in Japanese-language rap.

http://bit.ly/2jvxl80

◇As if to Say that Going for a Walk is a Proof of Adulthood... (Japanophone Taiwanese, That's What I Am! 9)
Japanophone Taiwanese author Wen Yuju took a walk around Taipei. What did she find during the walk?

http://bit.ly/2jxwh2M

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▼△▼△Library Information ▼△▼△

◇List of new books

-The Japan Foundation Library  http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/about/jfic/lib/newly/pdf/1612.pdf
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa  http://jli-opac.jpf.go.jp/NewTitles/201612.pdf
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai  http://bit.ly/i0bRkx

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▼△▼△ Worth Sharing ▼△▼△
Worth Sharing―A Selection of Japanese Books Recommended for Translation is the list of recommendable good books for translation that we compiled annually.

◇Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuite iru [It's Blowing Hard] Author: Shion Miura

Ten students live together in a rundown apartment in danger of collapsing at any time. One day they decide to start running, hoping to enter the Hakone Ekiden, a long-distance university relay race held every New Year between Tokyo and Hakone. The problem is that only a few of them have any athletic experience at all; the rest are a motley collection, including an "otaku" geek who spends his life immersed in manga comics and a theoretically minded academic. This is hardly the stuff from which a crack team of distance runners is made, but they do not let this put them off.
The "ekiden" is an athletic event with a long tradition in Japan, and the Hakone Ekiden is the one most closely followed. Dreaming of one day entering this hallowed race, the students give it their all. The story is based on a wildly improbable premise, and yet readers find themselves desperately urging these unlikely heroes on-maybe because just under half of the book is devoted to the climax of the Hakone Ekiden itself. Miura goes into fascinating detail of the ekiden that the 10 athletes must complete together, giving an exhaustive account of the runners' tactics at each stage of the race and of all the work of the athletes and their supporters.
Just as the course of the ekiden goes up mountain passes and down into valleys, the runners have their own ups and downs in life. As each runner slogs along his section of the course, Miura gives flashbacks of his past and the people around him. The way 10 such disparate people gradually come to think and feel as one is depicted compellingly in this book.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/project/culture/publication/supportlist_publish/worth_sharing/pdf/vol_1/ws12.pdf

About Worth Sharing
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/publication/supportlist_publish/worth_sharing/index.html

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Vol.298 1/24/2017
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