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Things in Japan that Tourists Hate

Japan is a dream destination attracting people of all ages and walks of life. The attraction is mutual, as Japan’s government is setting a goal of welcoming 40 million tourists in 2020 and 60 million by 2030. However, as in all popular tourist destinations, miscommunications arise, creating discomfort in both locals and visitors. The problems…

‘Engrish’: 3 English Mistakes Most Japanese People Make

Anyone learning a new language makes a lot of mistakes. For example, I once tried to talk about religion with a Japanese friend. I wanted to talk about, “religion as a spiritual experience.” The Japanese word for spiritual is “reiteki” but I misspoke and said “seiteki.” So what I said instead was, “religion as a…

Let’s Be Aware of Engrish in Japan: 4 Most Common Mistakes

In the age of spell check and google, you would think English signs and information would be all correct. After all, a quick internet search or check in an electronic dictionary would save countless people and businesses from embarrassment. Sadly, mistakes still commonly occur, often after the mistake in question has gone to print, or…