Another Gimmeaflakeman Japanese News Lesson

Click here for his webpage with list of vocabulary, etc.



Kodomo News Weekly

Here is a neat site to practice reading Japanese. The Yomiuri Shinbun has a “Kodomo news weekly” (KODOMOใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚นใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒผใ‚ฏใƒซ) article that comes out every Wednesday on a current news topic. There is also furigana for the kanji that are used in the article. See the link below to the October 1, 2014 article on the Dengue fever outbreak in Japan.

Here is a list of past articles

Gimmeaflakeman Japanese News Lesson

If you’ve been studying Japanese for a while or just interested in the culture you may have stumbled upon a YouTube channel by an American living in Japan with the channel name “Gimmeaflakeman“. He posts some interesting videos you should check out.

Recently he has been doing Japanese lessons by breaking down Japanese news clips. Japanese news is one method I’ve mentioned on this blog as a good tool in learning Japanese, and was really glad to see these videos.

Here he is going through an ANN News clip

Eruption of Mount Ontake & News From Japan

In case you weren’t aware, Mount Ontake (ๅพกๅถฝๅฑฑ Ontake-san), the second highest volcano in Japan at 10,062 feet and located 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted over the weekend. There is some amazing amateur footage of the eruption and descending ash cloud.

This is called a “pyroclastic flow” consisting of hot gas and rock which can move at speeds of up to 450 mph! In this cloud of ash there may also be poisonous gases. I hope some of the hikers were able to survive.

Here is a link to a Wikipedia page on Mount Ontake, and it’s already updated with info about the recent eruption on September 27, 2014!

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Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Credit: Google Maps

If you watch the Japanese news on YouTube or on a streaming channel, there will usually be a number of newscasts on significant recent events such as this. A good way to know what is happening is to read Japan related news sites that are in English and then watch the Japanese news broadcasts. I like to read a site called Japan Today:

After reading the news in English you can check out the ANN streaming news at the site below:

ANN and FNN also have YouTube channels with lots of news clips to choose from. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices.

Japanese News & Vocabulary

Below is a link to a TV Asahi news clip about vending machines (่‡ชๅ‹•่ฒฉๅฃฒๆฉŸ) in Tokyo that were found burned and the money stolen.


vending machine

to burn

cash, ready money, money on hand, currency; mercenary, self-interested, calculating

to steal

victim, injured party, sufferer

dirty, filthy, foul, unclean; disordered, messy, untidy, poor (e.g. handwriting); indecent (language, etc.), dirty, vulgar, coarse; dastardly, mean, base, underhanded; stingy, greedy


to be attached, to have, to be in a state; to be lucky, to be in luck

Metropolitan Police Department (esp. Tokyo)

(on the) road, (on the) way

ใ ใ„ใ€ๅฐใ€‘
stand, rack, table; support; belt; counter for machines, incl. vehicles; setting (e.g. in jewellery); level (e.g. price level), range (e.g. after physical units), period (of time, e.g. a decade of one’s life)

circumference, outskirts, environs, around, in the area of, in the vicinity of; (computer) peripheral


extent, scope, sphere, range, span

in all, in total, collectively; in addition, besides, at the same time

10000 yen