Specialist: Japanese culture

From the quiz on 11/4/17.

  1. Yokohama DeNA BayStars, Tokyo Yakult Swallows and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters are professional teams in which sport, the most popular in Japan? Baseball

  2. Itadakimasu and gochisō-sama deshita are polite Japanese phrases respectively uttered immediately before and after which common activity? Eating (a meal)

  3. What colour is the day celebrated in Japan (and other East Asian countries) on 14th March, when men traditionally reciprocate Valentine’s Day gifts received from women? White

  4. What is signified by wearing a kimono with the right side wrapped over the left (from the wearer’s perspective) instead of the more usual left over right? That the wearer is dead

  5. In Japan, it is considered good luck if the first dream of the new year (hatsuyume) contains Mount Fuji, which bird and which vegetable? Hawk, aubergine

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