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Do You Speak Japanese?

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  1. A traditional ritual based on Taoism (Daoism) and influenced by Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting.

    Chanoyu/Sado/Chado

  2. Traditional Japanese loincloth used by sumo-tori and other men, especially during the matsuri festival.

    Fundoshi

  3. A curved, single-edged sword traditionally used by the samurai.

    Katana

  4. The ancient Japanese art of paper folding.

    Origami

  5. In the history of Japan, this was someone who was someone specially trained in a variety of unorthodox arts of war including assassination, espionage, and other martial arts.

    Ninja

  6. A type of mattress that makes up a Japanese bed.

    Futon

  7. A form of Japanese poetry, usually combines three different lines, with a distinct grammatical break.

    Haiku

  8. The Japanese art of flower arrangement.

    Ikebana

  9. A Japanese title used to refer to or address teachers, professionals such as lawyers and doctors, politicians, clergymen, and other authority figures.

    Sensei

  10. Literally meaning 'sun-disc', it is the red disc in the flag.

    Hinomaru

  11. A traditional Japanese hands-on therapy based on anatomical and physiological theory.

    Shiatsu

  12. The art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers.

    Bonsai

  13. A form of traditional Japanese theatre known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers.

    Kabuki

  14. Literally "pictures of the floating world", it is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries.

    Ukiyo-e

  15. Translated as 'Grand Champion', it is the highest rank in Sumo.

    Yokozuna

  16. Sliced raw fish alone is called this, and not sushi.

    Sashimi

  17. Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji together constitute this.

    Japanese writing system

  18. The Japanese word for comic or print cartoons.

    Manga

  19. The Japanese language of flowers.

    Hanakotoba

  20. Shinkansen is the word generally used for this renowned Japanese 'mobile.'

    Bullet Train

  21. Traditional (and gory) form of ritual suicide.

    Hara-kiri/Seppuku

  22. Literally 'empty orchestra' - can you read and sing?

    Karaoke

  23. Japanese hot springs traditionally used as public bathing places - today they play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.

    Onsen

  24. Traditional Japanese flooring mats made of woven straw, and traditionally packed with rice straw (though nowadays sometimes with styrofoam).

    Tatami

  25. The traditional formal way of sitting in Japan.

    Seiza

  26. Name given to Shinto shrines or sanctuaries.

    Jinja

  27. Literally meaning "where the birds reside", these are gateways at the entrance of Shinto shrines. They are typically made of wood, stone or sometimes iron.

    Torii

  28. A room divider or door consisting of translucent washi paper over a wooden frame and now regarded in Japan as a necessity in looking Japanese.

    Shoji

  29. A now-dated, disfavored Japanese term for "emperor", specifically for the "Emperor of Japan."

    Mikado

  30. Meaning "Way of the Warrior", is a Japanese code of conduct and a way of life, loosely analogous to the European concept of chivalry and is closely associated with the Samurai.

    Bushido

  31. Dohyo is the ring in which this is held.

    Sumo wrestling

  32. The national costume, originally it referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garment worn by women, men, and children.

    Kimono

  33. Native name for Japan.

    Nippon

  34. Word for members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan.

    Yakuza

  35. The goddess of the sun and the supreme Shinto deity. Japanese emperors are said to descend directly from her, hence their divine status until Emperor Hirohito was forced to proclaim his human-nature after Japan's defeat in WWII in 1945.

    Amaterasu

  36. Masterless samurai are called this - also a real cool film starring De Niro.

    Ronin

  37. Literally meaning 'ten thousand years', during WW II, it served as a battle cry of sorts for Japanese soldiers.

    Banzai

  38. Usually translated as divine wind, it is now applied to suicide pilots of WWII.

    Kamikaze

  39. Known as Japanese horseradish, it is often served with sushi or sashimi.

    Wasabi

  40. Title given to the military rulers of Japan between from the 1192 century to 1867.

    Shogun

  41. The 4 main islands of Japan

    Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu

  42. Literally "way of the sword", it is the Japanese martial art of fencing usually done with bamboo swords.

    Kendo

  43. The Japanese word for the spirits within objects in the Shinto faith.

    Kami

  44. Rebellion started in 1866 by a group of Samurai, which took place at the end of the Tokugawa era, and which resulted in the restoration of the Imperial power.

    Meiji Restoration

  45. Name of Japan's traditional Shinto festivals taking place mostly in late spring and summer.

    Matsuri