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Southern Voices

At my last count, there were thirty-two regional dialects around America. That’s a lot. Maybe some phrases or words are shared between dialects, but there are still distinctive words that only locals know. I myself am from Alabama (Roll Tide!), two states below the area in the video below, and I still heard a lot of new words, except for “yall” and “yonder”.

For a little comparison (cause i ain’t that schooled in dialects, yall), I trolled around YouTube, to find a good example of my Alabama dialect so that you could see the difference between just these two regions:

Could you hear the difference? Actually, I have heard stronger accents than Maddison’s…where people talk much slowar, chewin’ thair words a little bit. Nonetheless, watching Maddison made me homesick.

Enjoy both videos…and don’t forget to subscribe!!

 

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The Story of The Japanese Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, based on a folk tale, is a proud tradition in Japan. Many families (especially with children) celebrate every year. Boys and girls (as well as adults!) write wishes on strips of paper and tie them to a small bamboo tree. It is one of many traditions that makes Japan a special place to live!!

Below is the traditional song…many children sing this at their schools or events, commemorating the special occasion.

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Sakura 2018…With a Graduation Beforehand

Alex, our son, had his preschool graduation on March 26th…we are very proud of him! After the ceremony, we stopped by Hikawa Jinja (shrine) to view this year’s cherry blossoms. This place in Kawagoe is one of the most popular viewing spots…and is usually crowded. I even saw a drone hovering between the branches…times are changing.

Another place in Kawagoe is the Kawagoe Aquatic Park. They have dozens of sakura, and hundreds (maybe thousands?) go there for ohanami (sakura viewing) every blooming season.