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Life in Japan Where can you park your bike in Tokyo? Churinjo 駐輪場 or Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止

If you are a new resident to Tokyo, you may have bought a bike and are having fun riding it around your neighborhood or using it to commute to work...

Posted by on January 16, 2018
Coming of Age Day (成人の日): A Tribute to the Youth of Yesterday and the Adults of Today

Coming-of-Age Day has been saying “welcome to adulthood” officially since 1948. But how, and why? We take a look at what it means to turn 20 in Japan.

New Year’s Day (元日): A Time for Tradition

Many of us welcome the “bigger and brighter” beginnings that New Year’s Day brings, but there are also many wonderful traditions surrounding this important holiday in Japan. To commemorate this day, we explore a handful of some of the most popular.

The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日): Celebrating Centuries of History

To honour the Heisei Emperor’s birthday, we take a look at the origins of this holiday, the monarchy, and how Tokyo is involved.

Coto January Events Calendar 2018

Every month we hold cultural and social events for our students and their friends to discover more about Japanese culture, meet new friends and practice Japanese. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Lina: A Business Course to work in Japan in the future

Lina shared with us her motivation to improve her Japanese fluency and her experience studying in our Japanese Business Course.

Corina: From no Japanese to working in a Japanese company

Corina is studying at Coto since she arrived in Japan last year. She shared her experience working here in Tokyo and studying Japanese.

Nara Prefecture – The Fountain of Japanese Civilisation

If Ancient Japan were a single place it would be Nara Prefecture. Despite its vast uninhabitable area, Nara-ken has more temples designated as National Treasures, and more UNESCO World Heritage listings, than any other prefecture.

Coto Year End Party 2017!

Come join us for our year end Coto party! Here’s why you should join us!   1. Our party is a great chance to speak Japanese! Our staff, teachers and...

Tochigi Prefecture – Three Monkeys, One Fox and Endless Gyoza

Tochigi may be most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nikko National Park. But have you heard about its close connection to gyoza? Or the tale of its magical kitsune?

Labour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日): Two Holidays in One?

Thanksgiving in Japan isn’t solely connected to the produce of the autumn harvest, it’s also a day of gratitude for the working people of Japan. So, how do these two meanings complement one another?

Japanese Essentials: How to book a restaurant by phone?

Tokyo is home to a large number of Michelin starred restaurants but getting a table can be difficult if you haven’t made a reservation in advance.

Aichi Prefecture – Geek Chic

In the heart of Japan’s main island, Aichi Prefecture is the place to go to nurture the wonderful geek within you!

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