Japanese Study

Book a Mystery Ski Package in Japanese

Can you believe we’re already in February? The winter season has well and truly settled in, but for those of you wanting to get out and ski or snowboard, there...

Valentine’s Day In Japan: Get Around All The Chocolate

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about women giving chocolate to men, a strong tradition going back to the 50s. What’s more, chocolate is given not only to lovers but a...

Quick Guide: Sumo Wrestling Glossary

Every year on the first Sunday of February, our students and the Coto Academy team get the chance to witness the annual Sumo Grand Tournament in Kokugikan, Tokyo’s indoor sta...

6 Japanese Yojijukugo You Should Know

Do you experience setbacks and frustration while learning Japanese? When you forget to see the progress that you’re making and losing motivation, let go of the grammar and th...

And Japan’s Buzzword of 2016 is kamitteru!

Every year, Jiyukokuminsha publishing house, known for its annual book of slang, hold a buzzwords competition capturing social, political and entertainment trends of the year. The ...

Study Tips to Pass JLPT Level N3

So you’ve worked through most of ‘Minna no Nihongo’, gloriously passed JLPT levels N5 or N4 and mastered the basic grammar needed to order your favourite sushi. N...

Weird Japanese Word: Can You Read The Air In Japan?

Ever stumbled across the expression “KY” for kuuki yomenai? This Japanese slang is literally translated as “cannot read the air” and jokingly applied to the...

Quick Guide: Express Your Emotions in Japanese

How do you express your emotions in Japanese? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know how to let other know what you’re feeling. We’ve gathered a ...

Three Japanese Scary Spirits You Should Know About

You cannot travel in Japan without hearing at least a story or two about Japanese scary spirits. Are you aware that indeed, Japan is surrounded by a mythology of ancient...

A Japanese Word for September: Typhoon

With September coming around, you were relieved to feel the weather cooling down. Or so you believed. As the typhoon season reaches its peak, your perfect kit to go out...

The Japanese Silver Week, a Rare Five-Day Break

You might have heard of the Silver Week (シルバーウィーク), an expression coined in 2009, referring to 3 consecutive Japanese national holidays in early autumn. But did you know that the J...

How to Use your Japanese Air Conditioner Remote

Master the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer with our cool kanji guide.