I’m Minna no Nihongo’s Mike Miller.
We’ve made this booklet to make sure you have a great time when you visit Japan. Under five categories—See (sightsee), Play, Eat, Stay and Study—I’ll introduce you to places to visit, inexpensive places to stay, fun and interesting things to do, great food to eat, and more! Moreover, if you bring this booklet with you, you’ll be able to receive discounts or commemorative gifts.
I only plan on recommending really great places to visit!
The title of this book is ‘Wasshoi Nippon with Mike Miller.’ ‘Wasshoi’ is the sound of encouragement made by people carrying ‘mikoshi’ (portable shrines) at Japanese festivals. People loudly shout ‘Wasshoi, wasshoi’ as they carry the ‘mikoshi’ through the streets.
There are many theories on the origin of ‘wasshoi,’ but one idea is that it is formed from 和 (‘wa,’ meaning ‘peace’ or ‘harmony’) and 一緒 (‘issho,’ meaning ‘together’) or possibly 和 and 背負う (‘shou,’ meaning ‘to shoulder’).
I am always greatly inspired by this magical word, one of my favorites in the Japanese language.
I hope that many people will be able to visit Japan. I hope to see you all here!
Apart from the above, you can also get the most up-to-date Japanese sightseeing information from the official site of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO: http://www.jnto.go.jp/) or the JNTO’s Facebook page (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/fb/). Furthermore, for fun events, competitions, and unique prizes connected with Japan, such as an ongoing photo competition, please access the following page: https://japanphotocontest.jp/eng/.