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Japanese Etiquette

Joni and I decided to share Finnish and Japanese culture respectively.
I created this:

We talked with it.

Joni asked me “Are there any differences depending on the degree of bowing?” That was a good question! As he said, Japanese uses it differently based on the situation. The deeper you bow, the more serious you are, but be careful not to overdo it.

It seems that punctuality is important for Japanese. For example, if you were told to go your part-time job at 10 am, your boss would expect you to be ready to start at 10 am. It doesn’t mean that you arrive at the place at 10 am.
This silent agreement seems to be similar to Finnish people, too.

[Onsen (hot spring) and Sento]
Just as Finnish people enjoy the time in sauna, Japanese also like to bath in onsen(温泉) and sento(銭湯).

We had a great time. I was glad to notice Finnish and Japanese people seemed to have some common points.

First meeting Finnish/English/Japanese

We held our pre-meeting via Zoom last Tuesday before our first meeting. We agreed to do daily meetings with 1on1 basically to progress at our own pace because we are all beginners. Nadine, Timo and Joni are interested in Japanese language and culture. They are Japanese learners and I am a Finnish/English learner.

Due to time differences between Finland and Japan, we are planning to have almost all classes through Zoom in this autumn semester. I really hope I can meet them in real life next year!

This week, I started my first actual course. Mondays are with Nadine. Our topic was greetings in Japanese!

おはようございます(ohayoogozaimasu) – Good morning

ありがとうございます(arigato gozaimasu) – Thank you

すみません(sumimasen) - Excuse me / I’m sorry

お疲れ様でした(otsukaresamadeshita) - Great work

I was amazed with the material she brought, because I could learn about differences in pronunciation and how to translate from English to Japanese. Nadine asked me “What’s the meaning of ます(masu)?” I found it a little difficult to explain that. I have noticed the uniqueness of Japanese sentence structure.

10th meeting

This Tuesday, our group and other two groups met at cats cafe together. There were 7 Each One Teach One’s members including me! We enjoyed to touch cats and to take pictures. All cats were very cute, but they didn’t care about me at all. The cats are fickle😂 Anyway, it was a good experience for me since I had never been to cats cafe.


9th meeting

Last Sunday, we met at Huang’s friend’s apartment and tasted Chinese traditional sweets named Tangyuan. It was very delicious! I like Chinese food very much!

By the way, I thought that Huang and her friend, Li made all of this sweets, but in fact they bought these dumplings. I learned that it is very difficult to make these dumplings and useually people who want to eat it buy it at supermarket even in China later😂

After enjoying dumplings, we talked a lot. The English education system and Japanese movies were our topics of chattering. It was good time and we made a plan for our last Each One Teach One meeting.

8th meeting

We met at restaurant of TAMK and ate lunch together. While eating, we talked a lot and made some meeting plans not only as Each One Teach One buy also as friends! I’m looking forward it very much! I learnt a Chinese word “fish” this time.

Then, we moved to library and took photos because we wear similar ear-rings together. We carried out what we had promised! It was very good time.

7th meeting

Last Sunday, we made Japanese sweets together at my apartment. The name of it is “Shiratamadango”(a kind of rice cake ball). We enjoyed cooking it and eating it with “Aoko” (sweet red-beans paste). I was very happy because I could eat it not only after a long time but also with best foreign friend! Then, we learnt about expression “I” in Japanese but our lesson became a drawing lesson after all.

At the end, I gave her handcrafted accessories that were made by my aunt. It made her very happy and she said “beautiful” many times.  I was very glad to hear that. We promised to wear it next meeting!

Very excited 7th Meeting!!!

Yesterday, Moe invited me to her apartment  to cook tranditonal Japanese sweet “白玉团子”, it taste very good!! I could not describe by my English language, if Moe could understand Chinese very much,  I would speak to Moe how it is delicious for me!


And then we start our lesson, Moe found a video for me to understand the different experssion “I” in Japanese systerm.

At the end of our meeting, Moe sent me a little gift! So beatuiful these are! Moe said it made by her aunt, and her aunt said let her send the little gift to other countries` friends! And  I  am so glad to become one of her bset “foreign friends”!

I love Moe and I love Japanese! So nice they are!

6th meeting! At Moro Sky Bar

Last Sunday, I took Moe to the Moro sky bar, and that day is so good with a wondful weather, so we could took several good pictures with blue sky!

And we also enjoy the drink and learn something about “greeting”(it is different from the last one, it is more daily talking

But when we started learning something about “I” in Janpanese, I felt very confused cause there are so many different ways so express “I”, so i asked Moe tell me more next time, after of all, this is a good day for having a view!

6th meeting

This Friday, Huang took me Moro Sky Bar. The bar is on the top floor of Sokos Hotel, so we could overlook Tampere and the view from there was very good! We learnt about some phrases and greetings over orange juice. A question on “I ” in Japanese from Huang was very difficult, so I couldn’t give a good answer. I want to find out a good answer by the next meeting. Anyway, it was a good time and I wanna go to there again!

5th meeting

Last Monday, we met and enjoyed sushi at Itsudemo which is a Japanese restaurant with Huang and her friend. I was very glad to hear that Huang said that it was very delicious, because sushi is traditional Japanese dish and my favorite food. And she tried wasabi(Japanese horseradish), but she added it too much and almost cried.

Then, we talked about Japanese movies and TV program and learnt some phrases and the words on family members. Actually, it was second for me to go this restaurant, but I really enjoyed sushi and talking with my friends!