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明治神宮ガイド Guide to Meiji Shrine 日英対訳 Japanese-English Translation


明治神宮ガイド Guide to Meiji Shrine

日英対訳 Japanese-English Translation


明治神宮の創建 / History of Meiji Shrine   7

明治天皇・昭憲皇太后 / The Meiji Emperor・Empress Shoken   7

第一鳥居 / The first Torii   9

コラム①「天岩戸」のお話って? / Column 1. What is “Ama no Iwato (the Gate of Celestial Rock Cave)”?   11

鳥居の意味 / Meanings of Torii   17

菊紋・桐紋 / The Imperial crest of chrysanthemum・the Imperial crest of paulownia 19

正中 / Seichu (the exact center of shrine’s approaches)   21

狛犬 / Komainu (guardian dogs of shrines)   21

鎮守の杜 / The grove of the village shrine   27

玉砂利 / Tama-jari (gravel)   31

酒樽 / barrels of sake and wine   33

第二鳥居 / The second Torii   37

コラム② 鳥居の基本 / The basics of Torii   39

和歌・短歌 / Waka・Tanka (Japanese poetry)   47

88度の角 / The 88 degree corner    49

灯篭 / Torou (a lantern)   49

第三鳥居 / The third Torii   51

手水舎 / Temizuya, Temizusya or Chozuya (purification trough)   51

祓舎 / Haraesya   53

神社での参拝作法 / The way to pray in Shinto shrines   55

お賽銭 / Osaisen (a small donation)   57

柱の傷 / scars of pillars   57

寺院での参拝作法 / The way to pray in Buddhism temple   59

神道 / Shinto   59

神前結婚式 / Shinto-style wedding   69

夫婦楠 / a couple camphor tree   71

注連縄 / Shimenawa (sacred Shinto straw fastoon)   71

絵馬 / Ema (votive tablets)   73

猪目(いのめ)/Inome (an amulet decoration)   75

お札・お守り・おみくじ / Ofuda(an amulet)・Omamori(a lucky charm)・Omikuji(a fortune paper)   77

縁起物 / Engimono (decorations for good luck)   81

神楽殿 / Kagura hall   81

御朱印 / Goshuin (a stamp)   83

銅の屋根 / roofs of copper   85

コラム③ 御社殿の建築様式 / Column 3. The types of shrine’s buildings   87

車のお祓い / purification of cars   89

御苑・清正の井戸 / The Imperial Garden・Kiyomasa Well   91

祭り / matsuri (festivals)   93

BY SAE IIDA (https://www.facebook.com/chibisae

この内容は、GLOBALCOMMUNITY 学生通訳ボランテイアガイド2017年リーダー、SAE IIDAさん(東京外大)が卒業論文として編集したものの一部を掲載したものです。


7th International Red-White singing Festival (IRWS)


On Oct 9th, the 7th International Red-White singing Festival (IRWS) was held at the ‘Olympic Center’ in Tokyo and was authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affair, Tourism Agency and the Department of Tourism of the Philippines. Japanese Idols, Gospel groups, Kimono show participants performed, as well as some Asian and South American nationalities living in Japan.

It was quite a good opportunity for all contestants of different nationalities to be able to communicate with each other backstage. Even if one has lived in Japan for a long time, there was not much chance to be able to interact and mix; however, in IRWS, one has the opportunity to do so. Respect and appreciation for different cultures through singing in different languages, has drawn the performers, staff and audience closer. We have become like one big family with the staff and performers- may it be at the backstage, main stage and even with the audience.

The event started off with the performance of a High school Idol group, followed by the breathtaking performance of the Filipino contestant ‘KENICHI UANG’, a representative of IRWS in Cebu 2017.

A Chinese language study group, composed of native Chinese and Japanese performers, presented the World popular ‘PPAP’, with colorful costumes.


The Kimono fashion show was also very popular, especially amongst Asian girls.

‘Asian beauties become Japanese beauties with kimono on’

This was coordinated by Ms. Sheila Cliff -a University lecturer and qualified kimono-fitting specialist. She came to Japan more than 20 years ago and has been inspired by the beauty of Kimono since then.

Although they were not professional models, all girls were very relaxed and the show was really excellent.

In Part 2 of the program, a Peru female singer sang Enka (Japanese traditional song), while wearing a Happi (a traditional Japanese piece of clothing) and another Peru male singer sang ‘Kanpai’, a famous song at Japanese and Spanish weddings.

The special prize from Japanese Tourism Agency was given to Kenichi.

He was selected as the representative of IRWS in Cebu on the 6th of Aug 2017. Since then, he has been preparing for the Tokyo performance. Special support was given by the Cebu Music Learning Center, not only in the singing aspect, but also in the performance aspect.

IRWS has been widely covered by NHK ( Nippon Hoso Kyokai, Japanese national broadcasting). This time, it will also be covered by the International Radio Section wherein, the interviews of the contestants will be on air in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Next year, the IRWS will be held in Cebu as well as Tokyo. 

 The International Red-White Singing Festival  http://irws.org

We are looking for native English or Chinese speakers.


We are looking for native English or Chinese speakers.

(Our team at the Monthly Lease division, with increasing numbers of queries from abroad)

Are you interested in working in real estate agency in the Shinagawa and Ota area, the international city that opens the door to a world of opportunities?

Your international background and experience would serve well in this position at City Housing Co., LTD due to multiple reasons, such as the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020, expansion of Haneda International Airport, growth of international business, and rapid influx of visitors to Japan.

City Housing Co., LTD has over thirty years of experience and knowledge in real estate and owns around 10,000 rooms in Shinagawa and Ota area. We are committed to accommodating the diverse needs of our customers and expanding our business. We started receiving more queries from international visitors who are planning their stay in Japan for business or vacation.

You can achieve your goal to becoming an real estate professional by learning property management in many ways, such as self-storage, monthly rentals, parking lots, and renovation. The Japanese are so adroit at maximizing house space, and this is something you can learn and bring back to your country.

Real estate agents from China, Taiwan, Korea, and other Asian countries frequently come to visit Japan to learn our real estate business.

Please make the most of your new knowledge and experiences in real estate in Japan along with your language skills.

The position is only available at the Monthly Lease division at the moment due to the needs from international visitors, but there will be an opportunity for transfer to another division.
There are still very few non-Japanese with experience in Japanese real estate and we believe this would be an opportunity for you to build your career in Japan.


(We look forward to having new members on our team)

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It would be possible to reduce social costs by reviving the extended family system



Quoted from the article of BIG TALK between The  Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan and the founder of APA GROUP Mr Toshio Motoya in APPLE TOWN

It would be possible to reduce social costs by reviving the extended family system

Motoya Various good systems existed in Japan in the past, but the U.S. rapidly changed them after the war. I am carrying out activities to regain these things. One of the systems I want to revive is the extended family system. If three generations lived together, various types of knowledge could be passed down from parent to child and grandchild. And even if the parents worked, the grandparents could care for the children. Conversely, children and grandchildren could also take care of their elderly grandparents. However, right now things have progressed from the era of the nuclear family to the era of the so-called “individual family.” I think we should use taxes to encourage people to return to the extended family system.

Hassan I think so, too. The Economist compared and analyzed the economic situation in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. The conclusion is that Japan was healthier than the other two regions. However, one problem is that Japan’s traditional customs are disappearing. Looking at the current situation in Japan ? in which almost 25% of the population is age 65 or older ? it is foreseen that a large amount of money will be spent caring for these people. Perhaps one measure to resolve this problem would be the revival of the extended family system.

Motoya Yes. Japan was originally a tribal society centered on blood relations. I’ve heard the same thing applies to other places like the Middle East. However, the focus has shifted to individual families due to waves of Westernization, resulting in the creation of a high-cost society.

Hassan The doctrine of extended families is an important one. In Japan today it is a problem that people don’t often get married and have children. If the number of single elderly people increases, I think that society will be moved in a strange direction. It may be necessary to urgently promote the extended family principle.

Motoya Yes ? families would definitely become happier. Extended families would help resolve the problems of people who die alone or are homeless. Conversely, individual family divisions create increased costs and feelings of loneliness. In life there is nothing more important than family.

quoted from APPLE TOWN published by Mr Motoya founder of APA GROUP


An outstanding evolution of “Soetanto Education Methods” in 25 years



An outstanding evolution of “Soetanto Education Methods” in 25 years



A symposium of education methods which provides motivation to students was held at Waseda University at November 9th, 2012. It was a great symposium of more than 20 people giving presentations. The greatest point of this symposium was that 13 of these students (including 2 students graduating this year) are currently receiving the lecture of “Motivation”. It was just like live coverage of the usual lecture of education methods given by Ken Kawan Soetanto, a professor at Faculty of International Liberal Studies Director, Clinical Education and Science Research Institute.






Many of the assemblies may not be able to have a concrete idea what kind of presentations are done by students in the middle of studying about education methods. However, I was looking forward to their presentations because they are the ones who are taking lessons about education methods of motivation and feeling changes every day. I have been hearing their experience for about 3 years and was bringing impressive scenes in the class to mind. Their presentations were beyond my imagination. I could see their joy of giving presentations and their progress, especially the last 2 students who only began taking lessons a month ago.





I have gone to many congresses of students’ presentation but have never seen students doing presentations with such confidence and enjoyment. Moreover, all of those presentations were different although their topic was same. It wasn’t only the presentations that were unique but also each of the students was unique too. There was a student who was forgotten by society and was called a “monster student”. Some students suffered from depression or didn’t have a goal in their life. One of them played Tsugaru-jamisen which is a Japanese instrument during his presentation.
 Everyone was full of confidence which they gained from classes of “Soetanto Education Methods”. Prof. Soento’s endless challenge of “raising motivation of any students” can be said to be mostly successful.


 Lastly, I’d like to introduce a text from a paper written by Hiromatu, who used to be a “monster student” and now a student leader.




Mr Hiromatu wrote:


 Prof. Soetanto thinks the situation that University students don’t study much and that our society approving it should not be continued. He told me how hard he tries to change this situation and that was the moment I found an encouraging friend for me. In other words, Prof. Soetanto’s presence as one human was a great encouragement for me. From then, I was interested not only in studies but also in teachers. I became to have an interest in professors at Waseda University. I didn’t only take lectures but also went to professors’ offices and had conversation with them to know about the lecture as well as their background of starting their research.


To educators
 Although it is important to have knowledge, I think students have these kinds of questions beforehand; why do we study? What do teachers have in mind when they are teaching? What are teachers like? What are the dreams for teachers? Are they challenging something now? I think they want to hear answers to these questions from teachers. Moreover, if they have decision to help students earnestly not to throw out their future, I assure that miracles that are happening in classes of “Soento Education Methods” can happen in your classes too. As a parent who has a child who needs to choose his course soon, I hope that day will come to you as soon as possible.

translated by Yukiko nishiwaki (Waseda Univ.)