By charles.wood88

Behind the Characters: The Perfect Guide to Use Katakana

Japan’s writing system is probably the first thing that boggles the mind of an English speaker when they start learning Japanese. The forbidding kanji express meaning in the form of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, while the curvy hiragana fill in the gaps with word endings and grammatical functions. Where does katakana fit in? It may…

Going to a Concert in Japan? Here Are 4 Things Japanese Concerts Do Differently

Nothing compares to the thrill of hearing your favorite songs live. However, if you’re an avid concert goer back home, you may be surprised at how different things can be in Japan. The Japanese concert is called a “live” (from live show, or live concert) and there are four huge differences from how things are…

Struck Speechless? Then Learn How to Use these 4 Great Japanese Conversation Fillers!

One of the best parts of learning Japanese is the chance it gives you to re-program your brain from the ground up. From strange words to alien grammar structures, everything is different. The constant discovery of new aspects of the language regularly highlights things you had previously taken for granted as universal. This process extends…

Enjoy Playtime at Tokyo’s Latest Hedgehog Cafe for Real Sonic Adventures!

For many people, the word “hedgehog” may conjure up images of a speeding blue blur that stars in the second best selling video game series of all time, but the reality is more prickly. Capitalizing on their recent popularity, as well as the wild success of various other animal cafes, Roppongi hedgehog cafe, Harry gives…

Take Your Japanese to the Next Level With These 5 Top-Notch TV Shows

Learning Japanese is hard. It takes a long time to slog through all the characters, learn thousands of new words and reprogram your brain to think in a totally new way. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never make it out of the textbook and into the real world. The key is practice, but the secret…

Give Your Date the Lost in Translation Treatment in Tokyo!

Where should you take your date on a Friday night? It’s a question everyone struggles with from time to time, but for those lucky enough to be in Tokyo the folks at the Park Hyatt have created a spot with a great mix of metropolitan sophistication and romantic atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to impress a…

Find Food, Fun and Furry Friends on Ueno’s Ameyoko Shopping Street!

The first time I went to Tokyo, I stayed for over a week. I couldn’t get enough of the city. By the end of the first few days, though, I had started to run out of tourist attractions to visit. I got in touch with my friend, a native Tokyoite, and asked what I should…

5 Essential Phrases to Remember that will Help with Everyday Life in Japan!

In the English-speaking world, Japanese is famous for being a difficult language to learn. One particularly challenging aspect is that English and Japanese just don’t match up. While many concrete words like eat or vegetables are easy to look up, sometimes the dictionary can be unclear, or downright deceiving. You can study that moyamoya means…