BY Maryanila_Laplana_Sasil

How to Properly Speed Up your Japanese!

You are probably planning to come to Japan, or you already are there. You are still a student, or a contract worker. You have / will have a visa or will be / are a simple visitor. But nothing is more sure: you have the will to improve your Japanese as much as you can.…
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Ganbare at Undoukai: A peek at a Sports Day Festival in Japanese Schools

In kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan, Sports Festival or Undokai(運動会) in Japanese, is usually held on Saturdays or Sundays in spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October). Students and teachers do a lot of preparation for this school-based community-wide event and spend several weeks practicing to make it a successful and fun day…
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Places and other Beautiful Flowers that Bloom in Japan During Spring

Sakura is the most famous seasonal flower in Japan. It is the symbol of spring. People from all over Japan look forward to this season, when they can unfold their picnic mats and gather over a neatly-packed bento with cans of beer while viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. It is the most awaited season after…
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Would you dare to eat those dishes?

When it comes to food, Japan counts number of refined dishes, from the ancestral sushi to the popular ramen. But here, hidden in the dark, are waiting for you plenty other food, stranger than each other, that you will probably never experienced but in Japan. So let me guide you in this discovery of these…

Basic table manners in Japan

There is, for sure, a set of rules and manners in eating regardless what country a person comes from. Some of these table etiquette rules may be the same in most countries, and some may surprise you because they are the exact opposite. jp.fotolia.com/ It is always advantageous to learn some table manners for a…

How to Distinguish Japanese People from Korean and Chinese People

Can you tell if a person comes from a specific country just by looking at their initial appearance? Perhaps you look at their hair, their face shape, or their clothes, and you can attempt to make a guess at their country of origin before you hear them speak. Before coming to Japan, I had no…

Living in Japan: A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling

In most countries other than Japan, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a certain extent, such as cardboard or food…