Konnichi wa! That is Japanese for Good Day! Japanese writing is very difficult. There are two ways of forming a letter – one is called kanji, and is borrowed from Chinese characters. The second is called Kana, which uses more symbols. Almost all Japanese sentences use a mix of kanji and kana with several thousand kanji characters are used regularly. The traditional writing is not across the page, like English, but vertical, and read down the columns from right to left. Because of this mix of scripts, the large number of kanji characters, and the different direction of the words, the Japanese writing system is often considered to be the most difficult to use anywhere in the world.
The Japanese refer to their country as Nippon, or Nihon, which means “the source of the sun”. A typical Japanese breakfast is soup, rice and picked vegetables, however many people also eat cereal or toast and drink coffee. Chopsticks (a pair of equal length sticks) are used instead of forks, and may be made of wood, bamboo, plastic or other material. I couldn’t hold the chopsticks any better than I could a fork! No matter what you eat, it will come with tea, which is Japan’s national drink. For lunch or dinner, you may enjoy sushi (raw or cooked fish, seafood, vegetables and rice with a seaweed wrapper) , yaka-tori (shish-kabob) or domburi, sweetened or savory stews of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients cooked together and served on rice. Ramen is also popular. It is a Japanese noodle soup dish made of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, with toppings such as sliced pork dried seaweed, and green onions. Purrs, Gulliver