Learn Hiragana

Hiragana (平仮名, ひらがな) is a Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana, kanji, and in some cases rōmaji (the Latin-script alphabet). It is a phonetic lettering system. The word hiragana means “smooth kana”

Thank you, Japanology!

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Japan Labor Thanksgiving Day

Japan Labor Thanksgiving Day.

November 23th is Japan´s  National Holiday to give thanks to its workers

Originally, Labor Day in Japan was a harvest festival, therefore it took place in autumn. The origins of this day come from the rituals of the Asuka period (11th and 12th centuries). Since the reign of Empress Kōgyoku, the people of that time, mainly agricultural workers, thanked Kami (Shinto deities) for the abundance of rice and other products. The sovereign presided over the ceremony making an offering of new rice to the gods before tasting it.

This festival, called Niinamesai, lasted until World War II.

THE INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES.

In 1948, three years after the Japanese surrender to the United States, the Supreme Commander of the allied forces, the military administration of the United States in charge of the occupation of Japan after the war, put an end to the imperial nature of this festival, because he considered his Shinto influence suspicious. It was then that they replaced the holiday with the “day of gratitude to the workers” (Kinro kansha no hi), the holiday as it is known today, it´s a mixture of two American celebrations: Thanksgiving and Labor Day.

A PARTY TO SAY THANKS

According to the Constitution of Japan, on November 23 is dedicated to “honor work, celebrate production,” and encourage people to express “mutual recognition.” The fact that the holiday has evidently evolved since the sixth century, now all sectors are honored, including the service and research industries.

Today, November 23 is a pretext for numerous celebrations in temples and shrines throughout the country that give thanks to those who contribute to the prosperity of the country.

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Japanese words for otaku life 3

Third post of the last two weeks of our Japanese school for otaku life . Words that we like, that you may not need to use them or that you simply like to learn.

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Enjoy!

Chica Manga japanese words tree Chica Manga japanese words sweet Chica Manga japanese words snow Chica Manga japanese words rain Chica-Manga-japanese-words-friendfriend Chica-Manga-japanese-words-friend blue

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More japanese words for otaku life

Second post of the last two weeks of our Japanese school for otaku life . Words that we like, that you may not need to use them or that you simply like to learn.

Remember to enter our Instagram account to not miss any news or updates.

Enjoy!

Chica Manga japanese words cloud Chica Manga japanese words failure Chica Manga japanese words fun Chica Manga japanese words school Chica Manga japanese words smile Chica Manga japanese words time

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Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country

The most watched anime releases of this season by region

The most watched anime releases of this season by region.

With the start of the fall season, and with many anime releases going on, most fans have already discovered what their favorite series are.
Here is a summary of the tastes of the viewers by country or region
Which series triumphs more in each region? And in your country? Join us to discover it!

As an explanation, we remind you that these maps only include series premiered this season and not those that have continued since previous seasons, such as Black Clover or Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Search your area and have fun learning what animes your neighbors watch.

EuropeChica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Europe

Europe, region of very different countries where the triumph of Giorno with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is something indisputable, including in Spain and Portugal. Perhaps it is because of its setting in Italy or because it is a series with a very Mediterranean atmosphere, but it has managed to overcome Goblin Slayer, which is less popular here. In second place is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

We also have Sword Art Online, Seuran Kanuga, Zombieland Zaga, and Ulysses: Jeanne d´Arc and the Alchemist Knight.

America

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country US

Only Goblin Slayer in the whole country? Because it is the most popular in each of the states! Although the adventures of Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime were in second place in practically every state.

Latin America

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Latam

The fans of Latin America are full of passion, so they have not been able to avoid placing Goblin Slayer as the most popular series with its harshness, crudeness and interesting background, something that has managed to dazzle the fans of Mexico and Brazil, for example. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Sword Art Online: Alicization also has its dose of fans, and even Zombie Land Saga appears in Haiti … although we all know that this series is increasing its legion of fans.

Canada

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Canada

Canada has more disparate tastes than its southern neighbors, and although Goblin Slayer also occupies a large part, there is room for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Sword Art Online: Alicization in Quebec and New Brunswick, and even Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure : Golden Wind.

Australia

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Australia

The Internet legends  say that in Australia there are a lot of beings that can kill you, but if something does not kill you there are the goblins, or the goblins, as they are also called: Goblin Slayer completely dominates the views of the fans of the country .

Do you agree with this data? What is your favorite anime for this season?

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Japanese words for Otaku life

At the beginning of October, in Chica Manga we decided to start practicing some words in Japanese, in order to color our otaku life.

Today we present the first six, and every Friday there will be three more on the Instagram account, so you can have a look during your weekends.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Bleach and the Kubo returns

Bleach and the Kubo returns.

If you are a reader of the Bleach manga, you know the story of Ichigo Kurosaki and his ability to interact with the spirits. You also know of the great success that it has achieved since its launch, back in the summer of 2001.

I imagine too, that you will know that Bleach is written and drawn by Tite Kubo, who in 2016 ended the saga.

Since that year, Kubo has allmost no intervened  in the manga universe, and it was not until this year that he released the one-shot Burn The Witch.

But the most interesting part of this long-awaited return has been his motives: Kubo was lonely.

As explained by the mangakain a interview, with the end of Bleach he lost a lot of his friends, because the ‘shinigamis’ were his companions. After realizing the loneliness that invaded him, he pushed himself to publish a new story.

For his comeback, Kubo strayed away from his work with Soul Reapers for a different sort of fantasy. The artist published his one-shot Burn The Witch earlier this year, giving fans a look at his take on all things dragon and magic. However, towards the end, fans were teased with some Bleach tie-ins as the one-shot made reference to a western Soul Society and more.

So, if audiences are lucky, Kubo might revive his iconic shonen series for a sequel down the line.

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Hinamatsuri, the japanese Girls Day

In Japan, every year on the 3rd of March comes a traditional celebration known properly as momo-no-sekku, but more casually referred to as Hina Matsuri or Girls Day.

Is a day to wish for the health and success of girls. It’s observed by families with girls until they reach adulthood. It’s a day for the girls in the family to take center stage.

Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. They offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls.

Thanks to our friends from Japan Talk, we bring you a summary of what The Festival of the Dolls means and all traditions related to Hina Matsuri:

Chica-Manga-HinaMatsuri-dolls1. Dolls

The primary observance on Hinamatsuri is laying out a set of dolls. This is generally thought to be good luck for the girls in the family. The dolls are laid out sometime in February before girls day on March 3rd. They are strictly taken down by the 4th at the latest. It’s traditionally believed that leaving the dolls up past the 4th is bad luck that will lead to a late marriage for the girls in the family.

The dolls are in the style of a Heian period imperial court. Doll sets vary greatly in size and price. Some include dozens of dolls that are laid out on a 7 layer platform according to the status of each doll. Other sets only include the Emperor and Empress, the two most important dolls.

In the past, a Hinamatsuri doll set was the most expensive item that a daughter might own until she gets her first kimono. These days many families choose smaller sets for modern apartments.

Historically, hinamatsuri dolls were put on boats in rivers throughout Japan and sent out to sea each year. This is known as Hina Nagashi or “Doll Floating.” It was believed that any potential bad luck and disease could be transferred to the dolls in a special ritual. With time this seemed wasteful and people started keeping the dolls and carefully packing them away each year.

A handful of shrines, such as Awashima Shrine in Wakayama, still offer Doll Floating rituals each year. The dolls are collected after floating them and burned.

Peach blossoms are traditionally used to decorate the house on Hina Matsuri. The blooming of peach trees in Japan often coincides well with the day. If you stay at a good ryokan in early March, you may notice peach blossom decorations.
Chirashizushi is the meal most associated with Hina Matsuri. It’s a dish of colorful ingredients such as vegetables, egg and seafood scattered on top of sushi rice. It’s easy to make, popular with kids and can be made in bright colors that feel festive.

Wagashi is a catch-all term for traditional Japanese desserts. The dessert most associated with Hina Matsuri are diamond shaped, tricolored mochi known asHishimochi. Other wagashi such as sakura mochi may also be served.

Whatever desserts are enjoyed for Hina Matsuri are also placed before the dolls as an offering. Some doll sets include plastic food as an offering.

Tsurushi Bina are decorations on a string that are hung from a ceiling for Hina Matsuri. This tradition started in Shizuoka Prefecture but is increasingly common throughout Japan. The decorations include dolls and other symbols of Hina Matsuri. They are often made of thick Japanese silk and are cute.
Girls are usually presented with gifts of candy on Hina Matsuri. The traditional snack is Arare. Other candies are sold for the day that are usually small and fancy in light colors.
If you’re visiting Japan on Hinamatsuri, there’s not much to do because it’s a family day. Nevertheless, there are a few scattered events on Hinamatsuri at shrines throughout Japan. Perhaps the most interesting is the display of thousands of traditional dolls at Tomisaki Shrine in Chiba.
And if you want to sing and dance for a while, you can do it with Minimoni… Enjoy!

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Chica Manga Says

A few days ago, at ChicaManga we decided to give another design to what we published on Instagram: more fun, and with many stories to tell.

That is why we present a series of the most cute character to tell us in first person how is their life and what is the relationship with ChicaManga. Today we present some of them, with a first part of their history. Surely soon you will find that you can identify with one (or several) of them.

Enjoy the first part of #ChicaMangaSays

 

Chica-Manga-Sakura-Carrot-butterfly-clasp-pinPompom the Rabbit

Pompom the Rabbit loves carrots. If it were for him, he would spend the day (and a good part of the night) eating them. Winter. Summer … in the sun or under the rain. His entire life revolves around carrots, which he considers his best friends. Be like Pompom. Eat them for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, but better if they are Chica Manga carrots!

 

Whiskers the CatChica-Manga-Sakura-polka-dot-heart-butterfly-clasp-pin

 

Whiskers is the most sociable cat you can meet: he loves making new friends every day and showing them they are very special to him. He listens to them, spoil them, adores them. And he always waits for the moment to express his friendship with a Polka Dot Heart pin

 

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Sweety the Cupcake

 

Sweety is a most delicious cupcake. She loves being with her friends, and showing them that she loves them madly. She is always smiling, because she believes that the world is a better place if we are all happy and we can prove it. Would you like your life to be as pink and sweet as Sweety? 

 

Dark PawChica-Manga-green-boom-butterfly-clasp-pin

 

Dark Paw is a panda who loves action movies: explosions, bombs, persecutions. His perfect date is at the cinema, and he loves to comment on the movies while they are showing them. He makes sounds and movements just like the actors, for that reason he often has to leave the room. That’s why Dark Paw carries with he an amulet that defines his style. 

 

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Penguin has recently moved and misses his family. Now he lives in a better place, he is not cold all the time and he has more friends than ever, but his family is very important to him. His mother, his father, his little nieces write letters to him and send him boxes of ice and snow, so he does not miss his home. In any case, Penguin always carries with him the image of his family close to his heart. 

 

 

Nigi

 

Nigi  is a famous sushi chef who has dedicated his life to expand his art. He has traveled the world and has made a lot of friends from all the places you can imagine. If he has time, he send small trasures to his friends. so he can remind them their love. When he has discovered Fruits Basket, he has become fascinated with Tohru: he is his soul mate! 

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Shogatsu: New Year’s Eve in Japan

If you are in Japan today, you may want to know what are the best places to spend the New Year’s Eve with all the Japanese spirit.
Our friends from The Culture Trip bring us all the keys:

The New Year holiday, or Shōgatsu in Japan, is a time for quiet reflection. Many people return to their hometowns to be with family, adhere to tradition, and make preparations for the New Year. As more and more Western-style celebrations pop up, Tokyoites are left with more things to do than they can handle. So whether you feel like making the hatsumode pilgrimage or counting down to midnight, these are the places to be on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo.

Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu-mae

Hatsumode is the first shrine visit of the New Year. It’s often done at midnight on December 31st, but anytime during the first few days of January is also acceptable. Every shrine will have its hatsumode visitors, but any shrine as large and well-known as Meiji Jingu will receive more than its fair share of the crowds and is truly a sight to see. Lineups to make your prayers heard by the gods can last several hours.

Celebrate in Shibuya

Shibuya has one of the most active nightlife scenes in all of Tokyo, so it makes sense that people would come out in droves to soak up the energy and bring in the New Year together. Crowds gather at Shibuya Crossing on New Year’s Eve for the countdown. When it’s all over, the neighborhood has no shortage of bars and clubs to help keep the party going.

Joya no Kane at Zojoji Temple

Tokyo’s Buddhist temples ring their bells an even 108 times at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. In the Buddhist faith, 108 marks the number of desires people have and, thus, the causes of human suffering. Visit Zojoji, or Sensoji, to experience the joya no kaneritual firsthand and have your heart, mind, and soul cleansed for the New Year ahead.

Countdown at Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward has a modest countdown celebration for its own New Year’s greeting. At midnight, the lights change color, the date display changes, and balloons are released into the air.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Dance at AgeHa

Welcome the New Year in style at AgeHa, Tokyo’s biggest nightclub. For their ‘Countdown 2018‘ party, they’ll be staying up all night long!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

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