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Japanese Folk Song
Hokkaida Brown Bear
Clap, sing, or play along with the rhythm cards!
The Japanese language has 3 different alphabets called hiragana, katakana and kanji. Watch this video and learn to say some words and phrases in Japanese. How many can you pronounce and remember?
The lyrics of the song "Kuma San" are also in Japanese. The Music and the Brain Listening Collection features the lyrics in both Japanese and English.
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Mt. Fuji and Pagoda in Japan
GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE
JAPAN FUN FACTS
Japan is similar in land area to the United States East Coast.
Japan is made up of 6,852 different islands!
Japan is home to a variety of martial arts including karate, judo, jujitsu, aikido and more.
Tokyo, Japan's capital is one of the most populated cities in the world.
Japanese food is famous all over the world. Well-known examples include sushi, sashimi, and tempura.
Think, track the notes with your pointer finger, and sing along with the following recordings!
What does the rhythm sound like?
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What does the melody sound like?
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Which fingers play this song?
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What do the Japanese lyrics sound like?
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Play along using the keyboard image with the video, or download your own keyboard card:
USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH THE THUMB ON MIDDLE C