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Exploring Fun Places

I bet your town is full of opportunities for fun. Read the shinbun (sheen-boon; newspaper), pick up a few zasshi (zahs-shee; magazines), or surf the Intanetto (een-tahh-neht-toh; Internet) to find out what's going on. Visiting museums and galleries

Museums and galleries are great places to soak up culture. Here are some common museum-related words:

  • hakubutsukan (hah-koo-boo-tsoo-kahn; museum)
  • bijutsukan (bee-joo-tsoo-kahn; art museum)
  • garo (gah-rohh; gallery)
  • gejutsuhin (gehh-joo-tsoo-heen; work of art)

You may want to ask these questions in a museum or gallery:

  • Hakubutsukan wa nan-ji ni akimasu ka. (hah-koo-boo-tsoo-kahn wah nahn-jee nee ah-kee-mah-soo kah; What time does the museum open?)
  • Nan-ji ni shimarimasu ka. (nahn-jee nee shee-mah-ree-mah-soo kah; What time does it close?)
  • Nichiyobi wa oyasumi desu ka. (nee-chee-yohh-bee wah oh-yah-soo-mee deh-soo kah; Is it closed on Sundays?)

Conjugate the u-verbs aku (ah-koo; to open) and shi-maru (shee-mah-roo; to close).


Going to the theater Visiting gekijo (geh-kee-johh; theaters) really lets you feel the passion of the performers.

To see a movie or play, you have to buy a chiketto (chee-keht-toh; ticket). These phrases should cover your ticket-buying needs:

Words to Know

Going to bars and dubs

Where do you nomu (noh-moo; drink)? Having a drink at home is usually a lot cheaper than going to a bar, but sometimes going to these places for a drink in a festive or fancy atmosphere is fun:

O-sake (oh-sah-keh) refers to both Japanese rice wine and alcoholic beverages in general. Take a walk over to the bar and order your favorite o-sake:

At a bar, these phrases come in handy:

Singing, like a star at a karaoke bar

Karaoke (kah-rah-oh-keh) started in Japan as a form of after-work entertainment. It was viewed as a great way of releasing the daily sutoresu (soo-toh-reh-soo; stress) related to shigoto (shee-goh-toh; work). Today, karaoke is a popular shumi (shoo-mee; hobby) with everyone - men and women, young and old.

If you go to Japan, visit a karaoke ba (bahh; bar) at least once. Check the index of kyoku (kyoh-koo; musical pieces) and ask for the song you want to utau (oo-tah-oo; sing). When it's your ban (bahn; turn), sing into the maiku (mah-ee-koo; microphone) as you watch the kashi (kah-shee; lyrics) scroll across the gamen (gah-mehn; monitor). Sing like a suta (soo-tahh; star), even if you're onchi (ohn-chee; tone deaf).

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