Japanese language

3 Interesting Japanese Phrases That Have Different Meanings in Tokyo and Osaka

We all know that the two famous cities of Japan, Tokyo and Osaka, are totally different when it comes to food, language, and so on. When you start learning Japanese, the first dialect people like to point out as different is “Osaka-ben” aka “Kansai-ben.” People often say that Osakans are a bit more chilled out,…

Do You Know These 8 Words and Phrases That Mean “Sorry” in Japanese?

In an extremely polite society where people feel comfortable apologizing for causing even the slightest inconvenience, learning how to humble oneself is very important when studying the Japanese language. Did you know that there are several ways of saying “sorry” or “excuse me” in Japanese? Each word or phrase has a slightly different meaning, and…

Do You Know These 5 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Autumn?

When the long and humid summer finally comes to an end in Japan, the leaves change color and temperatures start to cool down. The cries of the cicadas cease, jackets and thick blankets are taken from storage cupboards, and kotatsu tables are set up in households all over the country. Autumn, or fall, is the…

Do You Know These 7 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Summer?

Summer in Japan begins in June and lasts all the way up to September, and depending on where you are in the country, it can either be a sticky and humid season or a pleasantly cool respite from the colder months. Hokkaido and Aomori prefectures, for example, enjoy bright sunshine and warm weather, whereas cities…

Do You Know These 5 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Spring?

Spring is arguably the best season in Japan. The colder months fade away, millions of flowers and trees burst into bloom all over the country, and everyone has Golden Week and cherry blossom season to look forward to. After the blistering winds, snow, and post-holiday misery of the first few months of the year are…

Interested in Learning Kanji? Head to the Japan Kanji Museum & Library in Kyoto!

Are you familiar with kanji? They are logographic Chinese characters that have been adopted into the Japanese writing system a long time ago. In June 2016, the Japan Kanji Museum & Library opened in Gion, Kyoto in the hope of becoming a place where people can learn more about kanji. Find out more about it!…

Do You Know These 6 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Winter?

Winter is here in Japan, bringing dry air, clear skies, and huge snowfall in northern prefectures such as Aomori, Hokkaido, and Iwate. There are a lot of great things about winter in Japan, such as hot and delicious drinks, seasonal food such as hot pot, and winter illuminations. Here are some useful words that will…

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Name Correctly in Japanese

Japanese is a language that looks beautiful when written down. Calligraphy is a popular art celebrating the beauty of the Chinese-originating characters, kanji. Written Japanese is an art form itself, and it’s fun to be able to write characters and words you know. This article gives a complete guide to writing your own name in…

3 Great Reading Practice Materials for Intermediate Japanese Learners

When learning Japanese, it is crucial that you keep using what you’ve learned all the time, else you will oftentimes find yourself forgetting things. One of the best ways to relax and also practice Japanese is to read, whether it be a book, manga, or the news. However, as an intermediate student, it can be…
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