Hello English speakers, it’s been a while. It’s been over a month since I last wrote this blog. A lot of things happened during this time, and in addition to writing this blog, I started studying English through a radio course, but I was forced to interrupt that as well. This time, I would like to talk about the contents of the English radio course that the Japanese national broadcaster is doing.
I’m studying elementary English at the level of the first year of junior high school, but I buy textbooks at the bookstore and listen to the radio for 15 minutes every night from 9:00 pm to study. There is a story for a year, and each time the characters talk about a phase of the story in English. The character is the daughter of a kappa, which Japanese people would laugh at.
Kappa is a ghost that has been passed down in Japan since ancient times. What kind of specters (ghosts) live in rivers, are good at swimming, have a plate on their head for some reason, and if the plate dries up or cracks, they die. And kappa likes to eat cucumbers and play sumo. Sumo wrestling is an ancient Japanese Shinto ritual in which wrestlers fight each other naked.
For some reason, the kappa daughter went to school in America and is fluent in English. She (laughs) and enjoyed Halloween and Christmas. (Laughs) The story is out of the ordinary, but by making the characters familiar to the Japanese people, they may have thought that they would be able to become familiar with English naturally because it is a national broadcaster.
In Japan, there are various yokai (ghosts) other than Kappa. In fact, one of the songs in the next music piece I’m working on now has a song about yokai. The song is called “Zashikiwarashi,” and if you ask what kind of yokai a “zashikiwarashi” is, you can hear the voice of a child, and adults can’t see it. A local (northern part of Japan) yokai. (smile)
The Corona Pandemic is ending, so why don’t you come to Japan to meet Japanese ghosts? Please listen to my song then. There are many songs that seem to fit kappa and zashikiwarashi. It’s a Japanese original song. (smile)
You can download YUKIO original Japanese songs! Would you like to listen? You can also listen to it. (Security is being strengthened. Rest assured!)
I also distribute music on other sites.