Japanese uses three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and Kanji. The syllabary system, katakana, is made up of 46 characters and are all basic, simple, and rectilinear. It is used to transcribe foreign words into Japanese such as our names for example.
Espai Daruma invites you to write your own name and that of those close to you by following the rules of phonetic transcription of the Japanese language. You’ll soon discover that your names transform in surprising and amusing ways… and, if you bring a friend, katakana can be your new “secret code” … Come and try it out!
Kanji, one of the three writing systems in the Japanese language, are ideograms or shapes that represent concepts. When their own system had still not emerged, the Japanese borrowed Kanji characters from neighbouring China and adapted them to their own phonetics. Sometimes they imitate the natural surroundings; but sometimes, they appear as puzzle pieces that can be combined to create captivating forms resembling a picture more than a letter.
Come to the workshop at Espai Daruma, arm yourself with a paintbrush and ink and get ready to… draw? Write? Trace?... whatever Kanji takes your fancy!
At Espai Daruma we know you love manga and anime and it’s precisely this passion that has awoken your curiosity for the language.
Come and discover the main characteristics of the Japanese language, the phonetics, sentence structure, a touch of grammar, and some basic phrases… and all with the help of your favourite manga drawings and anime scenes appearing those characters you adore so much.
So they say you’re wasting your time reading manga all day instead of doing something useful… who would say such a thing? Grab their arm and drag them over to this workshop!
Come and test how much you really know and learn some more with Japanese manga and anime series, a window to the landscape of Japanese life and culture. Gastronomy, geography, traditions, everyday life, customs, relationships and etiquette, silences, words, fears, and prejudices… test yourself: what has manga taught you about Japan?
We’ve seen it both in manga and anime: The Japanese have a unique and distinct way of behaving and thinking to our own. But is it really so different?
Espai Daruma invites you to explore the fundamentals of Japanese thought in order to understand the behaviour and reactions of a society that, from time to time, seems diametrically opposed to our own. A society that seeks harmony (wa), values respect (rei), and puts the good of the collective before the individual. If these differences peak your interest, don’t miss out on this!
Do you know the legend? It tells of an Indian Buddhist monk names Bodhidharma who meditated for so long that his arms and legs fell off and ended up in the shape of a tumbler doll. Nowadays in Japan, daruma is an amulet that inspires us to find this inner-strength that we all have inside to fulfil our objectives without faltering in the attempt.
Come to the workshop at Espai Daruma, create your very own daruma and make your resolutions a reality!
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