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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
Coto’s events in January and February 2015

We are planning many events for 2015. Here are ones that have already been scheduled. If you are interested, by all means please keep your schedule open!

Autumn Hiking Tour ー Mt. Sekirozan in Kanagawa

Do you all like mountain climbing? Have you ever been hiking in Japan? Every spring and fall, we at Coto arrange day-trip hiking tours to various mountains in the Kanto...

Ikebana Experience in Koishikawa Korakuen

Ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) is very well known as one of the traditions of Japanese culture. Have you ever experienced it? There are many ikebana schools, but among...

Japanese Numbers : How to count?

Japanese Numbers are fairly simple. It advances on a base ten system, so you’ll be able to use the numbers by learning 1-10 and then learning expressions for the digits...

How to translate Japanese word, Ganbatte! Ganbaru! in English?

Article written by our contributor Jason Cohen. He has a master’s degree in Japanese language and worked in a variety of unique fields as a multi-cultural consultant and as a translator. Jason will explain to us the differences between Japanese and English in his point of view.

Harvest and BBQ tour – Visiting an Organic farm in Chiba

Harvest and BBQ tour – Visiting an Organic farm in Chiba Growing and selling of organic vegetables as “safe edible vegetables” has lately become very popular in J...

Monja Yakatabune Cruise on Tokyo Bay

Have you seen those boats that look like houseboats floating on the Sumida River or Tokyo Bay? In Japanese they are called “屋形船 yakatabune.” The kanji characters mean a...

Study Japanese in Japan #5 Ajay

In our fifth interview, we asked Mr.Ajay, who came to Japan in January 2014 and took the Coto intensive course for four months, about his improvements in Japanese and how his everyday life has changed.

Join Local Japanese Festival in Iidabashi!

Join Local Japanese Festival in Iidabashi! Summer in Japan means festival time! A street normally filled with the coming and going of cars and people is closed off just for...

Study Japanese in Tokyo: Coto student profile #2 Nadine

This time we talked to Nadine from Belgium who has worked in Japan for five years, and who is now married and has a seven month old baby with a Japanese man. We asked how she managed her time studying Japanese and how improving her Japanese completely revolutionized her life in Japan.

Study Japanese in Japan #4 Erika

Erika came to Japan from Peru in 2003 and has since been studying Japanese while working and trying to advance her career. We asked her how her Japanese has developed since she started lessons with Coto (formerly ILS).

How to use Wakarimasen vs. Shirimasen

Did you know that both “wakarimasen” or “shirimasen” can be used to say “I don’t know” depending on the situation? Take a look at the exam...