ARE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CHINESE SIMILAR ?

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I will write about whether Japanese and Chinese language are similar or not.
Unless you are Chinese or Japanese people,you may not recognize which is Chinese or Japanese for following questions.
Q1 ①野鸟②野鳥  (Bard)
Q2 ①飲酒②酒 (Alcohol)
Q3 ①感謝②感谢  (Appreciation)
*Answer is put at the bottom of this article
So let me be clear for it today.

①Are Japanese language and Chinese similar ?
Answer is No.Aside from Kanji which was originally imported from Chinese,Japanese is quite different from Chinese in terms of linguistics.
I’m sure that Chinese is even closer to English rather than Japanese grammatically.They say for example,”Wo ai ni”,or”I love you”in Chinese using the same word order as English.The order of Japanese is “I you love”.Chinese is also a typical tonal language,in which the difference in tones gives words different meanings even if they have the same pronunciation.But as I mentioned first,Chinese Characters is similar.For example,when I stop by Chinese airport or visiting China,We Japanese are able to understand sings without reading other subtitles.

②Is Japanese honorific expression complicated ?
Japanese has a wide variety of levels for honorific expressions.I guess the same goes for other Asian languages like Korean,Chinese,Vietnamese,Thai and Cambodian.This is one of the factors that makes foreigners feel hard to learn Asian languages.Although I’m not quite sure except for Japanese,there are two types of honorifics in Japanese.One is respectful expression used for seniors,the other is humble one that makes oneself down and up to someone you respect.If you wanna master Japanese seriously,I highly recommend you watch Japanese Anime or Manga and get used to sounds first.

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Answers
Q1①Chinese②Japanese
Q2①Japanese②Chinese
Q3①Japanese②Chinese

WHAT IS SAMURAI IN JAPAN?

Hi,guys.I will write about what Samurai is today.Since Samurai is usually used as one of the characters in Anime or Manga,you may have heard about it somewhere in your life.When I ask the question to foreigners “what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Japan?”,they usually answer “SAMURAI””Cherry blossoms””Mt.Fuji” and so on.So let me tell you about samurai today.

①What is Samurai ?
Samurai have existed as Japanese professional warriors holding their own swords from 794-1876(The HEIAN~MEIJI).They were basically serving feudal lords or people of their higher position to protect them all the time. In order to be a Samurai,they had to learn Military arts and the policy of “BUSHIDO” that means the ethical code of the Samurai emphasizing absolute loyalty to their masters.Especially the BUSHIDO is really important for them,but it’s contents depend on the feudal lords they serve.In general,the following policies are in common for any Samurai.
・Take responsibility for your behaviors
・Sacrifice your life for your master
・Be prepare to give up your life once you made a mistake
Some say that above policies such as staking their own life were related to “SEPPUKU”and”HARAKIRI” that mean suicide by ritual disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai to avoid a disgraceful execution.
*Let me introduce the famous proverbs Samurai always used
・A samurai’s word is as solid as a rock
・A noble-minded person will never lose his or her pride even in poor circumstances.

②What is Japanese sword?
Japaneses swords are famous and known throughout the world for their sharpness and strength.In the Edo-period,swords were believed that is the soul of the Samurai,who wished to possess those of the highest quality.Therefore,techniques to produce blades of superior quality were pursed and developed at that time.Blades of Japanese swords exhibit beautiful tempered patterns.They have longer hilts than Western swords and a metal piece called a TSUBA,or a sword guards,at the base of the hilt to knock away an opponent’s sword and to protect the owner’s hands.

③Do Samurai still exist in Japan?
I don’t think they still exist in Japan due to developed weapons right now.But I know the place called Samurai Dojo that you are able to learn how to use Japanese swords or study actual their histories in Tokyo. If you are interested in it ,you should visit. https://samurai-kamui.com/dojo/?lang=en

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WHAT IS THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF JAPANESE?

Hi,guys.I will tell you about average height of Japanese today.
What do you think about our height? Since we Japanese are one of the Asians,you would come up that we’re not that tall compared to Caucasoid or Negroid.It is true. Although my height is 174 cm(5ft8.5in) and my friends are almost like this,I can see lots of people below 170cm(5ft6.93in) on the street in Tokyo.Let me show you the statistics of average height of Japanese as follows.

What is the average height of Japanese ?
According to Japanese government in 2018,the average height of 24-years-old men were 171.8cm(5ft7.64in), 24-year-old women for 157.7cm(5ft2.09in). Compared with those of the 1900’s in Japan,that list men at 160.9cm(5ft3.35in) and women at 147.9cm(4ft10.23in).
It is said that one of the main reasons we have grown significantly is “balanced school lunch” we usually eat from elementary to Junior high school.To be honest I didn’t like it,but had no choice but to eat.Some of the teachers were kind of strict and forced me to eat one when I was a elementary kid.The following picture is a school lunch that provided.
All of the buildings,trains,cars,houses are made for these Japanese average height.If you are tall like over 185cm(6ft0.83in),you would feel uncomfortable living in Japan.

②How much do Japanese weight?
In 2018,the average weights for 24-years-old men were 69.5Kg, 24-year-old women were 50Kg. Since I’m not quite sure for the statistics of other countries,I guess these numbers are not way too high or low.You can compare above Japanese numbers with those of your countries and leave your comments here on this blog.I’m just curious of each country’s one.Looking forward to seeing you.

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MORE THAN 1,000 EARTHQUAKES EVERY YEAR IN JAPAN

Hi,guys.I will tell you about earthquakes that usually happens in Japan today.
Japan is known as a county for earthquakes that frequently occur every year.In 2011 Mar 11th,the huge and gigantic one hit HUKUSHIMA prefecture and it killed tens of thousands of people living around there.It was the worst earthquake ever in my life.When it happened,I was still a high school student and in the middle of graduate ceremony of the high school in TOKYO.Lots of instruments and appliance fell from shelves and shattered into fragments.Even if we Japanese were used to earthquakes,it was the exception,way too strong and out of control.

①How often do earthquakes occur in Japan?
According to Japanese government,it occurs more than 1,000 tremors that ordinary people are able to feel every year.Since ancient times,earthquakes have been the most horrible calamity for Japanese due to unpredictable things,even in spite of our high technological advances these days.The Japanese often humorously mention that the most horrible stuffs are earthquakes,fires,thunders,and mothers. .The following diagram is the statistics of earthquakes happened in the past.


②How do you protect yourselves when earthquakes happened?
Once you felt the shake,you have to go under a table,hide your head and wait until it gets ease first.This is the first thing we usually learn in elementary school.
You should not go outside in hurry due to falling or collapsing a ceiling.Be calm and stay easy.

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WHAT IS NINJA IN JAPAN?

Hi,guys.I’m gonna introduce Japanese “Ninja” today.You may have heard it so far in your life.Ninja has been so famous and popular thanks to the Anime of “Naruto” that published in 1999.When I was in Elementary school,it was so trendy and all of my friends made believe they’re Ninja like Naruto,Sasuke and so on.

①What is Ninja?
Ninja have existed as a professional to assassinate,kill somebody and spy for work from 1336-1700(The Muromachi~Edo period).Some experts say that they served as a assistant for Japanese feudal lord called “DAIMIO” and the lord of the manors.Once a feudal lord command whatever they want,Ninja were supposed to do anything under them.On the other hand,it is said there were some independent Ninja who didn’t belong to any feudal lords.The particular Ninja were making some money through just a contract.For example,If someone need some specific confidential info or assassinate enemy,the Ninja work on it instead of payment or other rewards.Not only the male Ninja,Female Ninja have also existed called “KUNOICHI”.They were basically in charge of spy for enemy or make them horny.These conducts are might one of the reason that produced the word of “HENTAI” in Japan.

②DOES NINJA STILL EXIST IN JAPAN??
I’ve been living in TOKYO,JAPAN for over 26 years and never seen them so far.Some say they are still alive in countryside,but it’s still not quite sure.If you’re interested in it,you should visit the following website that explain about contemporary Ninja in details.
https://www.iganinja.jp/?page_id=837

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HAVE YOU TRIED TO EAT THIS JAPANESE FOOD?

Hi,guys.Let me tell you about “NATTO” which is one of the most popular and famous Japanese food today. I’ve grown up with this food and keep me healthy.

①What is “Natto”??
Natto is a Japanese traditional food that made from soybeans.It’s steamed and put in straw pipes with Natto yeast where it’s ferment and become sticky. It is served with mustard called “Karashi” and soy source.We Japanese usually eat one for breakfast every day.Natto is also reasonable,3 packs for below 1USD in supermarket.On the other hand,some Japanese doesn’t like it due to smells and sticky appearance.This is what foreigner say as well.My friends from USA said that Natto is the worst food I’ve ever tried.

②Is Natto good for your health? Some experts say Natto is good for health.It’s supposed to prevent myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction because of the yeast called “Nattonaze”.The yeasts are able to melt the thrombus and keeps the circulation of blood smooth,that keeps for 6-8 hours after eating.So it’s effective to eat it before going bed.What’s more,it is good for “Anti-aging” as well.Polyamine that is one of the elements in Natto is to loose the hardening of the arteries and leave your skin moist.Not only that,it’s also including much Amino-acid,vitamin B,protein.If you’re worried about your health,I highly recommend to try it.

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HOW MUCH IS THE AVERAGE STARTING SALARY FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES IN JAPAN?

Hi,guys.I’ll share you guys with the salary of Japanese today.From my point of view,it is not good compared to other developed countries like USA,Europe.Japan has been on the prolonged recession since economic growth is over in 1990’s.At the same time,the standards of salaries got lower than before.Let me answer the above question as a actual Japanese worker today.

How much is the average starting salary for college graduates in Japan?
According to the Japanese government,In 2019,the college graduates for male have gotten paid about 206,700 Yen per month plus additional payment which is called “BONUSES”.On the other hand,females were for 196,500 yen plus bonuses.Bonuses are part of the regular annual income for workers in Japan.Without it,it’s not possible to keep general living standards like buying homes or other costly durable items here. Some say that it were originally provided as a hedge against inflation after the war,and have remained in place since then.Employees usually get bonuses twice a year,in the summer and in December. But it is sure that it depends on company.
Following diagram is the Top10 ranking of the annual salary for college Graduates for first year on Japanese company.
*1USD=108.93 yen(26 Nov,2019)

②How does Japanese do for the job hunting ?
College students usually start looking for jobs before they move up to their senior year of school.First of all,they try to pick up companies they wanna work for in the future through attending a employment-explanation meetings,rumors,recommendation from their relatives.Candidate are basically selected after theirs report cards and curriculum vitae are looked over.Aside from that,Students also have to take a exam to join a company.If it’s a popular and famous gigantic corporation like TOYOTA,SONY,MITSUBISH,or GAFA,the exam tends to go hard to get rid of too many candidates.After holding some steps of examinations and interviews,companies are supposed to make hiring decisions.Back in the 80’s,most students were apt to receive lots of offers from companies that are interested in recruiting them,so it was absolutely normal for “students” to choose company easily.But due to the prolonged recession in Japan,however,students now can get only few offers from companies and few one give them a chance to even interviews unless you are that intelligent or got some kind of special achievements in the school.

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