日本のことを英語で説明してみよう!How do you explain about Japan?

       
kendama

海外で生活していると、現地の人に日本のことを説明する機会が結構あると思います。「日本ってどんな国なの?」「日本の〇〇って何?」などと聞かれることも多いでしょう。そんな時にしっかり英語で話せるようにしておきたいですよね?ってことで、今回はjapan- guide.comさんを参考にいろいろご紹介させていただきます。ぜひとも日本について説明できるようになりましょうよ!




日本の様々なことを英語で説明すると?

着物

kimono

The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word “kimono”, which literally means a “thing to wear”.

Today, kimono are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions.

お寿司

Sushi(Nigiri) is small rice balls with fish, shellfish, etc. on top.
It is the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan. In Japan, sushi is usually enjoyed on special occasions, such as a celebration.

There are countless varieties of nigirizushi, some of the most common ones being tuna, shrimp, eel, squid, octopus and fried egg.

天ぷら

Tempura is Seafood and vegetables deep fried in tempura batter.
It was brought to Japan by the Portuguese. Today, it is a very popular Japanese food, and as well one of the best known outside of Japan.

The ingredients, for example, are

  • Tempura batter mix
  • Tempura dipping sauce
  • Prawn
  • Seafood(※almost everything is possible.)
  • Vegetables: pumpkin, carot, sweet potatoe, eggplant, and more
  • Mushrooms, etc

おでん

Oden is a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs,daikon radish, konnyaku, and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth.
Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi (Japanese mustard) is often used as a condiment.

ラーメン

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish.
It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー), dried seaweed (海苔), kamaboko, green onions. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen.

おにぎり

Onigiri (rice ball) is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative.

日本の経済

The economy of Japan is the third largest in the world by nominal GDP, and is the world’s second largestdeveloped economy. Japan is a member of Group of Eight.Japan is the world’s 3rd largest automobile manufacturing country,has the largest electronics goods industry, and is often ranked among the world’s most innovative countries leading several measures.

日本の政治

Japan is a constitutional monarchy where the power of the Emperor is very limited. As a ceremonial figurehead, he is defined by the constitution as “the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people.”

Japan’s legislative organ is the National Diet, a bicameral parliament. The Diet consists of a House of Representatives with 480 seats, elected by popular vote every four years or when dissolved, and a House of Councillors of 242 seats, whose popularly elected members serve six-year terms.

日本のサッカー

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Japan is one of the most successful football teams in Asia as well as Korean, having qualified for the last five consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times in 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2011. To this they add a 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup second place.

日本の野球

Baseball is probably the most popular sport in Japan. Yakyu, as baseball is called in Japanese.
There are two professional baseball leagues in Japan: the Central League and the Pacific League, each consisting of six teams. Games are broadcast live on television during the season.

Several Japanese players are playing highly successful careers in the American Major Leagues and enjoy great popularity and media coverage in Japan.

相撲

Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi(wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally.

オタク

Otaku is a Japanese term that refers to people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandomThe term has become less negative nowadays in Japan, and many people now self-identify as otaku.

アニメ

anime

Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation” in Japanese.

Anime has become commercially profitable in Western countries.Many Westerners have expressed a particular interest towards Japan and anime has dramatically exposed more Westerners to the culture of Japan.

マンガ

Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language.Today, there is a huge domestic industry for manga, and increasingly so internationally. In Japan, people of both genders and all ages read manga.

AKB48

AKB48 is a Japanese idol girl group. The group has more than 80 members.
AKB48 is named after Akihabara, the area in Tokyo where the group’s theater is located.

Unlike a regular pop group, which gives occasional concerts and that is mostly seen on TV, would have its own theater and perform there on a daily basis. The fans would always be able to go and see the girls live.

のび太

Nobita is the main character of Doraemon,which is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko Fujio.

He wears glasses. He is usually described as dumb, uncoordinated, dim-witted, weak, frail, unlucky and bad at sports.

(参考:http://www.japan-guide.com/)


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