Can you believe it’s almost the end of August?! From having a manga workshop to inviting some really awesome cosplays to guest judge in a round of Project Cosplay, we've had a fun summer over here at Japan Otaku Day, but alas, the carefree days of summer are about to end. However, the fun will still continue into the fall here at Japan Day over in the Studio, here’s a look at what we have planned for next Saturday...
We’ll be learning about katakana, one of the building blocks that makes up the Japanese language. If you’ve ever read your favorite manga (for me it's Watamore!) and you’ve wondered why the action sounds —also known as an onomatopoeia—were written in Japanese differently than the regular hiragana, or what part of Japanese they write non-Japanese names, now you know it's Katakana. Katakana is a part of the Japanese written language used for foreign words and names, to show emphasis, or for onomatopoeias.
(An example of Katakana used to express an onomatopoeia from the horror mangaParasyte)
(Picture from Mangareader.com)
As mentioned above, katakana is used to write out non-Japanese words and/or names. For example my name, Amina Doctrove, in katakana would be written as アミナ ドルトロバ, another example is for the lead character from Attack on Titan, Eren Jaeger, (also written as Yeager) in Katakana would be エレン イェ—ガ—.
Learning katakana isn't that much harder than learning hiragana, which used for native Japanese words and names. Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with anything about the Japanese language, the most important thing about Katakana is that it's written a lot sharper than hiragana and is used for foreign words and names. One of the activities for this month's Japan Day is for us to practice writing out our names in Katakana!
The anime this month is Wolf Children (2012) directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the same mind that brought you Summer Wars (2009). Fans of the anime Spice and Wolf will love the story of a young mother by the name of Hana who one day finds herself alone in the world caring for two half-wolf/half-human children. While Wolf Children is much different in tone than Summer Wars, it's still full of heart and a wonderful film about motherhood, identity, and finding one's place in the world.
Of course at the end of every Japan Otaku Day we do a giveaway for some awesome anime and manga-related prizes, join us and stick around until the very end!
Japan Otaku Day will be next Saturday August 30 from 2 p.m. to 5:30.
As the summer begins to wind down I wanted to take a look back at what an amazing time we had in the Lab. With deep space robotics camps, learning to code in the Python language, game designing with Blender, and the robotics competition the Lab was able to offer more amazing classes over the summer than ever before!
Check out some footage from the robotics challenge below. This summer’s challenge was to build a nanobot and to program it to perform various medical procedures such as removing a blood clot, delivering antibiotics, inserting a stint, and removing plaque, among other tasks. The students displayed an amazing amount of dedication, innovation, and problem solving skills.