Japanese For U

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Happy Thanksgiving! ... I think
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    Japanese people LOVE events... we have adopted western holidays such as Christmas and St.Valentine's Day, and even Halloween. But not this one. I didn't know much about it until I moved here.
    So every year, I ask this question and I haven't got a good answer yet. How do Native Americans spend this holiday? I don't mean to be anti-Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, I think it's nice to have as many occasions as you can to get together with your family. However, when I first learn the history behind it, I cannot stop thinking about this question.
    When I was in school in Japan... like almost 20 years ago, in history class, I remember the controversy over the word "discovery" by Columbus in 1492. Someone lived here already, so how could it be "discovered"? The history should be viewed objectively, said my history teacher.

    So if any one knows the answer, let me know.
    And I hope, if Japanese people ever want to celebrate this holiday, they would understand what this day stands for. It's not just about eating turkeys. Well I don't even know if turkeys are available in Japan...
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    Am I on YouTube?
      I googled my name and I found out I'm on YouTube... a lot! Well actually those clips are my Japanese lessons from Expertvillage, so I didn't upload myself. I enjoyed reading the comments. They are mostly positive messages, and I cannot thank people enough for taking time to watch my videos! Yes, there were some criticism, which I also appreciate. Unfortunately I'm not controlling those videos so I cannot make modifications or erase them... thanks for adding grammar details and other infos, and I am very sure they are helping those who want to dig deeper on those subjects.

      When I first made those videos for Expertvillage, it was an experiment for both the producers and me. There were not language "how to" videos yet at that time. The challenge for me was to make lessons interesting for the first timers, and each clip has to be a few minutes long. If you feel like studying more after watching them, I think we did okay :) But if you have any comments of feedbacks, please feel free to email me to

      By the way, I talked about my name 優 in my first blog, and my boyfriend Ryan wanted his name written in Japanese. So here are the options:
      ライアン (katakana)
      らいあん (hiragana)
      雷安 (kanji - Chinese characters)

      Usually katakana is used to write English words in Japanese phonetically. Hiragana is the most common letters we use in Japanese. Kanji themselves have their own meanings, and we use them when needed. Japanese is written in the combination of these three kinds of letters.
      Once upon a time, they used only kanji to write Japanese, and for foreign words they had to use kanji phonetically. For example, America was written 亜米利加 (This is why sometimes America is reffered as 米国 usind the second letter from the word, this reads "rice country" but it actually came from the kanji used to phonetically saying America.)
      雷安, although I came up with it as a sound, the meaning of those letter are "thunder" and "peace". So Ryan, a.k.a. Peaceful Thunder... I thought it was pretty cool ;) Would you like your name written in kanji, and hopefully cool meaning attached?
      Now, Ryan says he likes it so much he'd like to have it tatooed. Does anyone has a cool design idea for 雷安, the Peaceful Thunder?
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