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 ...

Get To Know Japanese New Year Traditional Dishes

Have you ever had the chance to experience New Year in a Japanese family? This annual holiday is the perfect time for you to witness thousand year old celebrations, typical of Japa...

Get To Know The Japanese New Year’s Poscards Tradition

Are you surprised to hear that December and January are the busiest times for the Japanese post offices? And it all come to one reason: the tradition of New Year’s...

December Japanese Happy New Year Greetings: 良いお年を

You’re about to leave the office for your winter holidays and you’d like to wish your Japanese colleagues a Happy New Year. Be sure to use the right expression! If...

The Bounenkai Season in Japan

Time passed quickly and here we are, already in December! It’s the perfect time to introduce a Japanese custom called “bounenkai”. Written “忘年会” in ka...

Discover The Wonder of The Japanese Kotatsu

What so special about the kotatsu table? Foreigners discovering Japan during winter are often very surprised by how cold Japanese homes can be. They wonder over the reason as to wh...