Welcome to my new weekly series: A to Wa of Japan! Following the success of A – Z of Japan and Weekly Shiritori, Haikugirl’s Japan is back this year with a brand new weekly series which will call for your participation and involvement.
So, what is it?
Well, A to Wa of Japan is like an A to Z, but using the Japanese hiragana chart. We’ll start with regular hiragana characters (called ‘gojuon’):
So, next week we will look at something beginning with あ (a), then い (i), followed by う (u), right through to わ (wa). For those of you who are less familiar with hiragana, please note that the ya-row only consists of や (ya), ゆ (yu) and よ (yo), and the wa-row is basically just わ (wa) because no words (that I know of!) begin with を (o). Also, no words begin with ん (n), so we will skip that character. A to Wa should take us up to the beginning of November, and then we will have a few weeks left at the end of the year to choose some of the other characters:
And why A to Wa of Japan?
I think it’s fair to say that a lot of you enjoyed participating in Weekly Shiritori last year, so this year I wanted to come back with something else you could join in with. I thought about various kinds of virtual tours around Japan, but I think in the end I would prefer to write about things I know about, and I simply haven’t covered enough ground in Japan yet. So, this year I will be asking for your suggestions each week, and I may cover more than one topic in a week if I have enough good suggestions. As always, if you leave a comment and suggestion I will give you a mention the following week and link to your blog/site if you have one.
Next week we’ll start with あ (a), so please leave a comment below suggesting a topic for things beginning with あ. Topics can be anything, as long as they are connected to Japan – food, places, people, characters, whatever you want to hear about! Just remember that the words you suggest must be Japanese (for example, you can’t suggest ‘apple’ for ‘a’, because ‘apple’ in Japanese is ‘ringo’, but you could suggest ‘Aomori’, which is a place in Japan).
I look forward to hearing your suggestions! (*^_^)v