Japanese Study

Japanese Slang: Jikochuu 「自己中」

How would you say “ egocentric, selfish, self-centered” in Japanese? Jiko chuu「自己チュー」「自己中」「ジコチュー」! It is a well known fact that Japanese society cares for selflessness and consider...

A Common Mistake in Japanese: ki o tsukete

Have you heard this Japanese expression before? When learning a foreign language, translations can sometimes skip some nuances.  We found out that one of the common mistakes made i...

A Japanese word for August : net tai ya

August’s Japanese word:  Nettaiya ねったいや [ 熱帯夜 ] It is well known that Japanese summer can be unbearably hot and humid, especially during July and August. All day long people....

“I appreciate that!” in Japanese: Tasukarimasu!

Learning Japanese is not always easy, especially when you have to understand some very tricky nuances. When you received help and want to express your gratitude, what should you sa...

A Japanese word for July : natsubate

July’s Japanese word: Natsubate Have you experienced Japanese summer yet? They are very hot and humid! Starting July, temperatures reach such point that you have literally th...

The Ins-and-Outs of Arigatou, thank you in Japanese

Once is never enough… To say thank you in Japanese In Japan, one can never say “Thank you” or be thanked enough when expressing appreciation and gratitude in any ...

A Japanese word for May: Gogatsu byou

In Japan, a mysterious sickness to a foreign eye appears every year around May. Termed as the May sickness, 五月病(ごがつびょう) is not a specific disease per se, but more a disorder create...

How to call yourself in Japanese? boku, ore, watashi

This is an outlet of a popular chain of restaurants that sells French cuisine called “Ore no Furenchi” (My French) As French cuisine is generally expensive in Japan, this restaurant aims to provide affordable French cuisine to the mass public by adopting a casual dining style. Thus the use of the more casual “俺 ore” over the more formal “私 watashi” when it comes to the naming of the restaurant.

What is Yoroshiku onegaishimasu?

One day, a Japanese friend of mine with a seven-year-old child asked me the following: “I wanted to say ‘Yoroshiku onegaishimasu for my daughter’ to her English c...

How to Use the Japanese Expression “Muri shinai de”?

Japanese people have at heart to care for others. In Japan you often hear the expression “muri shinai de”. Broadly speaking, the phrase means “don’t over do...

Understanding the word Kaizen is the key to success in Japan!

Do you know the Japanese word Kaizen ? It means improvement. The word is synonymous with quality control at a car assembly line, for example. The concept is widely adopted...

Getting to Know the Japanese New Year

Unlike China and Korea, which still follow the old calendar, Japan celebrates New Year according to the the modern calendar. The celebration is considered to be a more important ev...