Describing Japanese things Used to practice

Choose one of the things below and describe the past and present uses until your partner guesses what you are talking about. Do they agree with your description?

Useful language for contrasting the present and the past

People used to… (and some people still do).

People used to (use this to)…, but nowadays…

These days people only use this…, but in the past…

Until… years ago,…

The only way to… used to be…

People didn’t use to… until… Instead, they used to…

Japanese things to describe

Abacus

Akachochin lamp

Arranged marriage

Black market

Bousouzoku

Brown rice/ Rice mixed with barley etc

Bullet train

Burakumin/ Eta untouchable caste

Butsudan/ Kamidana household shrines

Byobu folding screen

Calligraphy brush

Chabudai Japanese-style table

Chasen

Chashitsu

Chugen mid-year gift

Confucianism

Daimyo

Fundoshi

Furoshiki

Fusuma sliding screen

Futon

Geta wooden clogs

Group calisthenics

Hachimaki

Hakama

Hanko/ Inkan personal seal

Happi coat

Harakiri/ Seppuku

Hibachi

Japanese-style breakfast

Japanese-style castle

Japanese-style wedding

Jimbei

Kabuto helmet

Kakejiku hanging scroll

Katana swords

Kimono/ Yukata

Kofun burial mound

Kotatsu table

Koto

Kowtowing

Kyusu

Lucky charm

Lunar New Year/ Chinese New Year

Machiya town house

Matchmaker

Minka thatched cottage

Minshuku bed and breakfast

Netsuke

Ninja

O-choko

Obi belt

Oshi-ire

Palanquin

Parasol/ Umbrella

Red bean jam sweet

Rice wine/ Sake

Rickshaw

Ryokan inn

Sailor suit

Samurai knight

Sentou public bath

Shamisen

Shichirin stove

Shinai bamboo sword

Shogun

Shouji paper screen

Shuriken throwing star

Six-day week

Sokaiya

Street car/ Tram

Street market

Street stall

Tabi socks

Tansu chest

Tatami flooring

Tokkuri

Tokonoma

Traditional Chinese medicine

Washlette toilet

Zabuton cushion

Zaibatsu

Zori sandals

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