Japanese Study

Japanese Beautiful Expressions: Ittekimasu, Itterasshai, Tadaima, Okaerinasai

The phrases, ittekimasu, itterasshai, tadaima, okaerinasai symbolize so well Japanese spirit that once you grasp the nuance of their meaning you will have a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

The meaning behind Itadakimasu and Gochisousamadesu!

Ever wondered about the meaning of the most important Japanese expressions for meal? Clapping hands together. “Itadakimasu!” This is an aspect of the Japanese culture which is well...

The perfect Japanese seasonal words for Summer!

Japanese Summer is finally around the corner and despite the heat in this season, there are many things to enjoy. Festivals are held throughout the season which continuously hyped ...

What noises do animals make in Japanese?! Japanese Animal Onomatopoeia!

We like to think some constants are with no doubt universal and shared by everyone. For instance, sounds that animals make. They don’t have change from one country to another...

Welcome to the World of Japanese Onomatopoeia!

“My stomach went peko peko.” Does the word “peko peko” rings a bell? If you are studying Japanese, you probably would have come across this word as a cute way...

All About Japanese Calligraphy

If you are troubled by Kanji study, why don’t you take a break with brushes and ink? The Japanese calligraphy is without doubt a relaxing way to enjoy reviewing ideograms....

A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get......

The Origins of the Japanese Bento

The Bento, from Convenience to Love You would be very mistaken to think that a bento – Japanese packed meal, is merely a quickly prepared meal for busy people. In...

Improve Your Conversation Skills with Ending Particles Ne and Yo

When studying Japanese, one of the first ending particles you learn is ka (か). This acts as a question marker and turns the whole sentence into a question. It’s one of...

Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

To master Japanese conversation, you must learn the art of aizuchi: the way to indicate to the speaker that you are listening with attention. Aizuchi covers all the interjections t...

An introduction to Japanese punctuation!

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not exist before the 19th century. Indeed,...

Being lovey-dovey: sweet words for love in Japanese!

– They are so love-love! – What are you saying?! – ラブラブだって! – Ah! You mean lovey-dovey! – Lovey… Dovey? Love is everywhere. Or so you would thin...