Word of the Week

February 1, 2019

Ai means: Love and affection
It takes 13 strokes to create the kanji for love.

Janauary 26, 2019

福笑い (ふくわらい)
Fukuwarai means: Lucky laugh
Fukuwarai is a Japanese game played around the New Year. The game is usually played by children, but adults may play also. The game is similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, except it is played on a table.

Janauary 19, 2019

羽つき (はねつき)
Hanetsuki means: Japanese badminton
Hanetsuki has a history of 1300 years. It is one of the traditional games often played during New Years in Japan, and is a girls’ game for good luck where two players bandy a fletched soapberry Hagoita (wooden paddle).

Janauary 12, 2019

かるた (karuta)
Karuta is a card game introduced to Japan by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century, and became popular between the end of the 17th and 19th century. It is popular among families during the New Year’s holidays.

Janauary 5, 2019

書初め (かきぞめ)
Kakizome means: New Year Writing
Kakizome is a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year, traditionally on January 2.