Jikoshoukai? How to present yourself in Japanese!

Going to live in Japan? Better prepare yourself with a Japanese self-introduction, jikoshoukai, as you will inevitably have to go through this painful yet, necessary experience. Ye...

Ohayou Gozaimasu! Ohayou! Good morning!

Ohayou gozaimasu! おはようございます! Good morning! Having a good command of Japanese greetings is the first step towards building smooth relationships in Japan. Whether you are coming for ...

What are san, sama, kun and chan? The Japanese honorific titles!

If you have heard san, sama, kun and chan before, then you know that in Japan, you just simply do not call people by their names! Or you would be very...

The surprising trend of kira kira names in Japan

Lately, trending Japanese baby names are shifting towards a new unknown level of weirdness. Ever heard of kira kira names? Literally meaning “sparkly” or “shiny&#...

Business Japanese Phrase for work: Osaki ni shitsureishimasu

Osaki ni shitsureishimasu! お先に失礼します。 Finally you’re done with your tasks of the day. The clock is ticking the end of your shift. Among the lucky ones, you are working in a......

Business Japanese Phrase for Work: Otsukaresama desu!

Otsukaresama desu is a key phrase that you will need to master if you plan to work in a Japanese office.

How to Prepare For a Japanese Job Interview?

If you’ve been dreaming of working in Japan, and you’ve finally received a job interview proposition now it is time to learn how to prepare for a Japanese job interview...

Discover the top of Japanese names

Did you know that Japan has about 100,000 family names and probably as many given names? Thanks to the wonders of ideograms, Japanese names are quite interesting to learn. They are...

Everything you need to know about Japanese cherry blossom: sakura

In the Japanese culture, one very important theme is the seasons and the flowers symbolizing the passage of time. Among them, one kind is particularly iconic, capturing the attenti...

Douzo o saki ni: Japanese etiquette

Travelling abroad forces us to reconsider our manners and to think about the other culture’s rules. For many expatriates in Japan adapting to the local culture is not always ...

Hiragana and katakana origins

When you start learning Japanese, hiragana and katakana might have seemed very frightening, didn’t it? At Coto Academy, we believe that if you learn how to write Japanese at ...

Sentô: the Japanese public bath!

In January, our students went on a Special Sentô Tour to discover the wonders of the traditional Japanese public baths and their artworks. The communal baths appeared in Japanese t...