Nihon Ai Japan Information Introductory Test (fee of charge)

1. Introductory Test for Japan Information (free of charge)

Handmade Washi, Washi Network by Yamagataya-Kamiten

We are Yamagataya-Kamiten.

This Japanese paper store was established in Kanda Jimbocho in 1879 and has been in business for 142 years.

We deal in Japanese paper, Japanese paper products, and Japanese accessories from various regions.

Behind the store is a warehouse that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Tokyo Air Raid, and is used as a warehouse for Japanese paper.

All of our staff members are full of love for washi, and we also sell original washi products and Japanese accessories. We are always thinking about what we can make with washi.

We are constantly updating the store to make it a place where people can enjoy themselves even if they stop by on a whim.

We look forward to your test challange.


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Tofu by Kagurazaka Katsuno Tofu

Kagurazaka Katsuno Tofu is located in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Kagurazaka Katsuno Tofu is a tofu shop that has been producing tofu, an essential ingredient in Japanese food culture, for about 60 years. We also focus on developing tofu products that meet modern needs, such as tofu, soy milk, soy milk pudding, fried tofu, ganmodoki, and products made from okara (bean curd). Why not enjoy a stroll around Kagurazaka while eating okara-balls?

A hands-on class for making tofu at home is also offered (by reservation only).

An old and new nutrient-dense superfood! Eat lots of tofu, a representative of Japanese food.


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Soy sauce by Hishiyamaroku shoyu

This section introduces soy sauce, an indispensable seasoning for Japanese traditional food culture, which was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.

Soy sauce is widely produced in Japan, and the Echigo region of Niigata Prefecture is a good place to produce soy sauce with a light, refreshing, yet deep flavor, taking advantage of its cool climate. For the same reason, the brewing industry, sake, and miso production also thrive in Niigata Prefecture, with soy sauce, miso, and sake each rated among the best in Japan.

At Hishiyamaroku Soy Sauce, we will continue to preserve traditional flavors while contributing to an evolving food culture, and we will strive to create products that everyone will say "delicious.


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Hachijo Language Proficiency Test (beginner level)

In 2009, UNESCO announced that 2,500 of the world's 6,000 or so languages are in danger of disappearing.

In addition to Ainu, which had been included in the list prior to the 2009 announcement, the new languages included Hachijo and Amami from the Izu Islands, Kunigami from northern Okinawa, Okinawan from central and southern Okinawa, and Miyako, Yaeyama, and Yonaguni from the Sakishima Islands.

Hachijo is spoken mainly on Hachijojima in the Izu Islands and Aogashima to the south. Hachijo is spoken mainly on Hachijojima in the Izu Islands and Aogashima to the south, and to a lesser extent on the Ogasawara Islands and Daitojima in Okinawa, where people who migrated from Hachijojima once lived.

Still, why was the language of Tokyo's Hachijo-jima and Aogashima considered a Hachijo language by UNESCO.

Many people seemed to be surprised that the various "dialects" of the Ryukyu Islands were evaluated as "languages," but even the locals were surprised about the Hachijo language.

The "Hachijo Island Language Karuta" for the introductory Hachijo Language Proficiency Test (beginner level) was produced by the Hachijo Town Board of Education, Tokyo. The questions will be taken from this book.


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Aizu Cotton by Nanamikaze

Aizu cotton is a traditional craft from the Aizu region (western part of Fukushima Prefecture). Aizu cotton is a thick, plain-weave cotton fabric. In ancient times, indigo-dyed striped patterns were common, but in modern times, colorful shades of Aizu cotton have also appeared.

The history of Aizu cotton began with cotton cultivation as an industrial promotion measure, and there was a period of lively prosperity, but today there are only three Aizu cotton weavers.

Aizu cotton was designated as a traditional Fukushima Prefecture craft in 2003.

With a mission to pass on Aizu cotton to the next generation and to people overseas, Nanami International Corporation plans and sells "Nanamikaze" furoshiki and other small cloth goods made of Aizu cotton.