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Japanese anime movies

The genre of Japanese animation or anime has gradually grown into a major artistic and economic force. It has spawned many titles and creative studios, not only in Japan but all over the world and has an army of fans that are dedicated and inspired.

This year one movie has been talked about extensively and this is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It has received critical acclaim and has also achieved box office success.

In this blog, Japanese teacher Maki Igarashi introduces one aspect from the movie that fans will recognize.

Read this blog and listen to the YouTube video to learn new Japanese vocabulary. This blog is short but features a lot of useful vocabulary for the N3 and N2 level JLPT learning.

Red Spider Lily







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Red Spider Lily

Currently in Japan right now, the anime movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a big hit. I think anyone who has watched this anime probably found the red flowers that appeared at the start of the ending sequence quite impressive.

These flowers are called, Red Spider Lilies or Higan Bana in Japanese. The word 'Higan' means the afterlife. There are various theories about the origins of the name, but there is one theory that says, because this flower has some poison in it, if you eat it you die and go over to the other world. And for that reason, in Japan from long ago it has been thought of as an unlucky flower. But recently, there has been an increase in people growing this beautiful flower for ornamental purposes.

In the movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, this flower holds an important key. The manga has already been completed, so if you are curious as to what it is, please go ahead and read the manga.

冒頭(ぼうとう): beginning

印象的(いんしょうてき): impressive

由来(ゆらい): origin

諸説(しょせつ): various theories

説(せつ): view; theory; opinion

不吉(ふきつ): unlucky

観賞用(かんしょうよう): ornamental

栽培(さいばい): culture; cultivation

完結(かんけつ): complete; finish; end; conclude


Hajimemashite, everyone . My name is Maki Igarashi.
Although I'm originally from Hokkaido, I live in Hiroshima because of my husband's work transfer. Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan. Winter is very cold and snowy, but Hokkaido's natural scenery is very beautiful, and we have a lot of delicious food. Here in Hiroshima, on Miya-jima Island, you can see Itsukushima Shrine, a world cultural heritage site. If you come to Japan, please visit these great places.

I'd like to see you smile at least once in every class. The lessons will be, well, fun! Prepare well, and review well! :o)
Don't get caught up thinking Japanese is a difficult language, enjoy studying and learning !

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