LWIF EP112: Kyushoku: The Making of a Japanese School Lunch

Ever since 1954, kyushoku (school lunch) has been an official part of the Japanese school curriculum. Over the years, the laws and menu items have changed, from adding the role of a nutritionist to including rice. Get an inside look into how the Japanese school lunch is made and what food education looks like in one of Japan’s public elementary schools. Special thanks to Umejima Elementary School in Adachi-ku, Tokyo, that let me film over two days. You can see their school lunch menu at http://www.adachi.ed.jp/adaume/kyusyokulist.html. SUBTITLES! I have two English versions. The regular “English” only translates the Japanese portions.…

LWIF EP111: Why I Still Suck at Japanese After Living in Japan for 5 Years

To take advantage of the Amazon Prime offer go to https://www.audible.com/lifewhereimfrom or text lifewhereimfrom to 500 500. In this episode why Japanese I consider Japanese to super super hard to learn for me. Thanks to Audible for sponsoring the video. I’m really happy to be able to recommend a service I’ve been using for years. How’s your language learning quest going? Some Learning Resources I’ve Used Japanesepod101.com Genki Tae Kim’s Grammar Guide Anki SRS NHK Web Easy News Rikaikun Pimsleur Japanese Wanikani Sources FSI’s Experience with Language Learning https://www.state.gov/m/fsi/sls/c78549.htm The Interagency Language Roundtable Scale http://casemed.case.edu/registrar/pdfs/Scale_ILR.pdf Japanese project: Reach fluency in…

LWIF EP107: Have You Tried Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlets)?

Do you know what Tonkatsu is? It’s a deep fried pork cutlet with brown sauce. It was inspired by pork chops and Worcestershire sauce from Europe. Sources Bulldog Sauce – http://tonkatsu.bulldog.jp/about/ Cooked Pork Chops – CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=864939 Worcesterschire sauce By photo: Qurren (talk)Taken with Canon IXY 10S – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17417461 Pig in Japan – https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2011/10/28/food/pig-in-japan-the-nations-most-popular-meat/#.WyOm_kiFMuV Tonkatsu – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonkatsu What are pork chops or cutlets like where you’re from?

LWIF EP 106: Being Japanese Documentary Intro

What makes a Japanese person Japanese? While Japan is thought of as a homogeneous country, there’s a lot of diversity if you scratch beneath the surface. I’m creating a feature-length documentary about what it is to be Japanese and I’d love your support on Indiegogo. You can support at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/being-japanese-documentary/.