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...

How to apologize in Japanese – sumimasen

Do you know how to apologize correctly in Japanese? Apologizing is an important part of Japanese culture, and it’s something our students always notice and ask about when they come...

Have fun with Japanese oyaji gag

Every language has its jokes and word games, delightful and refreshing for the minds. Japanese people are particularly fond of what they call “oyaji gag”, a type of jok...

The Japanese little New Year: koshougatsu

Did you know that in Japan, not so long after the New Year’s celebrations, Japanese people celebrate the festival of the Little New Year? Historically, the “koshougatsu...

Japanese Slang bibiru

Who doesn’t like to learn more about slangs? We believe that zhen you are learning a foreign language, studying slangs is a nice and fun way to widen your vocabulary....

The Japanese calendar and the day of nanakusa gayu

You can learn a lot about Japan just by looking at its calendar. Full of surprises and very interesting facts, the Japanese calendar is a door to the traditions and...

The Japanese New Year culture

Did you know that until the Meiji era, the Japanese New Year calendar was similar to the Chinese calendar? It was only until 1873 that the Japanese New Year changed for the...

How To Say Happy New Year In Japanese…?

Happy New Year everyone! 明(あ)けましておめでとうございます! We hope you’ve enjoyed a great time with your loved ones during these holidays. How did you spent the New Year? In Japanese, you ...