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Life in Japan Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日): More Than Just a Change of Seasons

Far from being a new practice, the foundations of Autumnal Equinox Day were actually laid out centuries ago. But, many moons later, are the origins of this holiday still relevant today?

Posted by on September 23, 2017
How do you translate yoroshiku onegaishimasu into English?

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu (よろしくお願いします) is one of those quintessential Japanese words that is highly ingrained into the culture but very difficult to translate to English.

Have you ever seen a sumo match?

Have you ever seen a sumo match? On Sunday 8th February, we watched a professional sumo wrestling competition at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan sumo hall! Unlike normal, where the wrestlers...

Building a new career in Japan as a graphic designer

After leaving a position at a San Francisco-based design company that he built up impressively, Josf decided to challenge himself in Japan, a completely new environment. I talked to Josf about the miraculous start he’s made building his career as a graphic designer.

Japanese Cooking Event! Okonomi-yaki, yakisoba and more!

Japanese Cooking Event! Okonomi-yaki, yakisoba and more! Do you like Japanese cooking? Because eating out is so common in Japan, perhaps many of you have had Japanese food in resta...

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...

Coto’s event in February, March and April 2015

We are planning the following events in February, March and April. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com Norimaki Cooking Class 飾り巻を作ろう! Wednesday, Feb...

スクール管理運営スタッフ・日本語教師募集

Coto Language Academyではスクール管理運営スタッフ・日本語教師を募集しています。ご興味ある方は是非ご応募ください。 当校では”Be Unique, Have fun Globally”というミッションのもと、日本で暮らす海外の方がより自分らしくより豊かな生活ができるよう、日々の生活や仕事にすぐに役立つ、会話力アップ...

Get a job in Japan – After finishing graduate school #6 Liu from China

Ms. Liu graduated from graduate school in September 2014, and she has found a job at a major Japanese company. This time we ask what are the secrets to her success in improving her conversation skills and finding a job in Japan.

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...

Coto Language Academy Year-end Party! 2014

(日本語はギャラリーの下をご覧ください) What kind of year was 2014 to everyone? 「みなさんにとって2014年はどんな年でしたか?」 With that question, our first year-end party as Coto Language School began. The venue this ti...

How to say goodbye in Japanese “Sayonara”?

One of the first words that you will learn when studying Japanese is さよなら (sayonara), the standard Japanese farewell. It’s ubiquitous in phrasebooks and textbooks but as you ...