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Top 5 Funniest Jimmy Onishi Moments in Japanese Comedy Show “Waratte wa Ikenai”

Despite most assuming that Japan is a country of serious faces and hidden emotions, the TV industry is booming with slapstick comedy, comedians from Osaka, and classic shows putting a smile on fans’ faces. Japanese comedy comes in a variety of types: rakugo, an amusing monologue performed by a solo speaker; owarai, which includes game…

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…

Visit This Charming Cafe in Japan for All Your Coffee and Pie Cravings

Who doesn’t like to fight off the chilly weather with a delicious slice of pie and a hot drink? Cafes are abundant in Japan, from flashy branches of Starbucks to traditional Japanese tea rooms in which you can unwind, relax, and enjoy a tasty treat. Even those who claim to not have a sweet tooth…

Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 8 Tips You Should Check Out!

Your place in the university of your choice is secured, your accommodation has been organized, you’ve bought your plane tickets, and the big day is almost here – you are about to go and study abroad in Japan! You might have been planning this for weeks, months, or even years, and it’s finally happening. Studying…

Who is This Model that We Can See all Over Japan?

It isn’t difficult to spot an advertisement in Japan, especially in larger cities. On trains, in city squares, and inside shops, you can see the many faces of well-loved and well-known singers, models, and actors that expand beyond their main skill and do some advertising by endorsing certain products. One model who has gained incredible…

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…

3 Unique Japanese Cafes That You Should Check Out When in Nagoya

Japan’s coffee culture is quite widespread, particularly in Nagoya where the popular chain cafe, Komeda, originated. It is also a fact that Nagoyans are known to love their ogura toast (butter, margarine or cream, and sweet red bean paste on toast) in the mornings or for an afternoon snack with coffee, and that they like…