Speaking of roses what color comes to mind? You’ve probably come across varieties such as red, white, yellow, and pink, but for some reason you can never find blue colored roses. This is because a blue pigment doesn’t exist in original flower petals.
The age old dream of rose enthusiasts all over the world of creating a blue colored rose has been said to be impossible.
From long ago, people have tried repeatedly to make blue roses, but in recent years cooperative research by Japan’s Suntory Corporation and the Australian bio-venture company Calgene Pacific (now Florigene Pty. Ltd.) has led to success in creating a blue rose.
(C) SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED. cutting-edge genetic engineering technologies have been applied, which are completely different from the conventional selective breeding techniques of artificially crossbreeding several rose species.
4. Yamauba (Mountain ogress)
Blue Roses, which were created after roughly 14 years of researching, became the world’s first genuine roses with blue pigment petals.
This was accomplished by inserting genes taken from pansies into roses to make their pigment blue.
As “blue rose” is synonymous for “impossible” in English, the development of a blue rose is indeed a miraculous achievement. This miracle was made possible thanks to the passion of the researchers who wanted to create a blue colored rose which had never before been seen in the world.
Blue Roses are aimed to be on the market in 2009. Currently, a production system is being prepared so that you may be able to purchase Blue Roses from your local florist in the near future.
|あかいくるま||akai kuruma||a red car|
|きいろいほん||kiiroi hon||a yellow book|
|しろいマグ||shiroi magu||a white mug|
|くろいペン||kuroi pen||a black pen|
(C) SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED. Also, in the process of researching for Blue Roses the world’s first blue carnations were developed in 1995.
Since 1997 these flowers have been sold in Japan under the name “Moon Dust”.
|ボールは あかです。||Booru wa aka desu.||The ball is red.|
(Updated in July 2009）. Tuning into popular TV shows and anime programs seems like a natural way to improve your Japanese language skills. Instead of diving headfirst into Japanese dramas, why not watch adventure-filled, hilarious and easily digestible cartoons?
Here, I’ll share some fantastic reasons why Japanese cartoons are fun and super effective language learning resources.
First, we’ll look at the benefits of learning from a cartoon.
|くろねこ||kuroneko||a black cat|
Then we’ll explore the top 25 Japanese cartoons guaranteed to boost your language abilities. Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere.
2. Yuki-onna (Snow woman)
Click here to get a copy. Sazae-san is more than a kids’ show. It’s a cultural institution, a national treasure and the longest-running animated series in the world, ever!
It’s about the Isonos, a typical Japanese 大家族 (だいかぞく, big family) living together in Tokyo.
|くさは あおです。||Kusa wa ao desu.||The grass is green.|
|あおしんごう||aoshingo||green light (traffic signal)|
The central character is サザエ, an outspoken but somewhat clumsy woman in her early 20s, living with her husband, son, father, mother, brother and sister all under one roof.
All of the characters are colorful and funny, and all are named after fish! (サザエ is horned turban, a seafood delicacy.).
5. Uji no hashihime (Woman at Uji Bridge)
サザエさん started off as a comic strip, but is now better known as a cartoon. It’s not unusual for families to plan their Sundays around its 6:30 p.m.
|こん||kon||dark blue||a shade of ao (blue/green)|
|みずいろ||mizuiro||light blue||literally "water color", a shade of ao|
|みどり||midori||green||same as in the English sense – bright green and dark green, a shade of ao|
|むらさき||murasaki||violet/purple||there is no distinction between "violet" and "purple" in Japanese (some English speakers also make no distinction)|
|オレンジ（オレンジいろ）||orenji (orenjiiro)||orange||a borrowed word, a similar color is daidaiiro (dark orange)|
|ピンク||pinku||pink||a borrowed word, a similar color is momoiro "peach color"|
|ちゃいろ||chairo||brown||literally "tea color"|
|はいいろ||haiiro||grey||literally "ash color", another word is nezumiiro "mouse color"|
|きんいろ||kin'iro||gold||kin is the metal "gold"|
|ぎんいろ||gin'iro||silver||gin is the metal "silver"|
Airing right before Sazae-san at 6:00 p.m. is Chibi Maruko-chan.
まる子 is a precocious and kind-hearted 小学生 (しょうがくせい, elementary school student) who lives with her 大家族 (だいかぞく) in Shizuoka.
|みどりのかばん||midori no kaban||a green bag|
|かえるは みどりです。||Kaeru wa midori desu.||Frogs are green.|
Each episode of Chibi Maruko-chan follows a simple plot: Maruko goes to a 銭湯 (せんとう, bathhouse) with her grandfather, Maruko’s classmate learns to ride a bike, and so on.
|なにいろですか。||Nani-iro desu ka?||What color is it?|
|オレンジです。||Orenji desu.||It's orange.|
But Maruko’s wild imagination always makes things more dramatic—and more fun, too!