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									Japanese Culture!
             Ancient Japanese Art
• Emakimono (known
  as “Emaki”): This style
  of Japanese art dates
  back to the 1100s.
  One unfolded the
  scroll from right to
  left; one would unfold
  an illustration and
  then read a narrative
  to the left. However,
  because emakimono
  were published on
  paper, we have very
  few samples left
      Modern Japanese Art = Anime
• The term anime - sometimes called “Japanimation” - refers
  to the tradition of Japanese animation that is recognized by
  its artistic quality and the artistic conventions anime artists
  use. Typically anime characters have overly exaggerated
  features. One example of this is the use of child-like, large
• Director Hayao Miyazaki is a critically acclaimed animated film director.
• The success of his films has caused people to call him the Japanese Walt Disney.
• Miyazaki is an incredible anime artist and director because he uses traditional
animation throughout the animation process, though computer-generated imagery was
employed starting with Princess Mononoke to give "a little boost of elegance“ and to
meet the release deadline.
•In an interview Miyazaki said "it's very important for me to retain the right ratio between
working by hand and computer. I have learnt that balance now, how to use both and still
be able to call my films 2D."
• However, in his 2008 film Ponyo, Miyazaki went back to traditional hand-drawn
animation for everything, saying "hand drawing on paper is the fundamental of
•Studio Ghibli's computer animation department was dissolved before production on
Ponyo was started, and Miyazaki has decided to stick to hand drawn animation.

Youtube Link for the trailer to:

• My Neighbor Totoro
• Manga: This is the Japanese word for comics or
  print cartoons. Literally translated, it means
  “random or whimsical pictures”.
• Cultural Importance of Manga: Though roughly
  equivalent to the American comic book, manga
  holds more importance in Japanese culture than
  comics do in American culture. In economic
  terms, weekly sales of comics in Japan exceed the
  entire annual output of the American comic
• Example:                Manga
  Page from

•   Traditional Reading
           Japanese Numbers
one       ichi (eechy)
two       ni (knee)
three     san (as it sounds)
          shi / yon (she /
five      go (as it sounds)
six       roku (row-koo)
seven     shichi (she-chee)

eight     hachi (ha-chee)
nine      kyu (koo)
ten       ju (joo)
            Japanese Capsule Hotel
• Japanese Capsule Hotel:
  Hotels that rent sleeping
  capsules make good use
  of scarce space in
  crowded cities. Each
  capsule has a mattress,
  a television with
  headphones and a clock.
  Capsule hotels have
  restaurants, recreation
  areas, and public
  lounges where guests
  can meet and mingle
  until ready for bed.
         Japanese Street Fashion
• Japan began to emulate Western Fashion during the
  middle of the 19th century. By the beginning of the
  21st century it had altered into what is known today as
  Street Fashion.
• The term 'Street Fashion' is used to describe fashion
  where the wearer personally customizes the outfits by
  adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends.
  Such clothes are generally home-made with the use of
  material bought from the stores.
• At present there are many styles of dress in Japan,
  created from a mix of both local and foreign labels.
  Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde.
Japanese Street Fashion

• The Japanese word for chopsticks is hashi,
  which means "bridge". Unlike Chinese
  chopsticks, which are squared-off and blunt at
  the end, these Japanese utensils are rounded
  and tapered to a point at the end (and much
  more difficult to use). It has been suggested
  that this is in order to facilitate the removal of
  bones from fish, which makes up a great part
  of the Japanese diet.
 Eating with Chopsticks: Bad Manners
• Mayoi-bashi: Mayoi means "dithering". It is bad manners to wave
  your chopsticks around aimlessly over the food, trying to decide
  what to take next.
• Saguri-bashi: Looking for contents in a soup with chopsticks.
• Sashi-bashi: Sashi means "inserting". It is bad manners to spear
  food with the points of the chopsticks as if they were a fork.
• Yoko-bashi: Keeping chopsticks together and using them like
• Komi-bashi: Raking foods into one's already full mouth with
• Neburi-bashi: Licking the ends of chopsticks.
Eating with Chopsticks: Step 1
Eating with Chopsticks: Step 2
Eating with Chopsticks: CHALLENGE!
• Challenge: You are going to have a Chopstick
  battle with your partner. Using proper
  Chopstick etiquette, the first partner to put all
  of the food in their cup WINS!

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