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Life in Japan Labour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日): Two Holidays in One?

Thanksgiving in Japan isn’t solely connected to the produce of the autumn harvest, it’s also a day of gratitude for the working people of Japan. So, how do these two meanings complement one another?

Posted by on November 22, 2017
Obon, A Japanese Tradition Honoring The Ancestors’ Spirits

The bonodori is a spiritual dance to welcome the spirits. Every region has a local dance and a different music.

5 Ways to ‘Get-to-Know’ Mountain Day (山の日) in Tokyo

What is Japan’s newest holiday about, and can we actually celebrate it in Tokyo?

Coto Academy 3 Year Anniversary 100 Lesson Special!

Join us in celebrating our three year anniversary of Coto Language Academy with a special discount on our Nihongo Plus and exceptionally our Private Lessons.

Japanese Essentials: Ask for Something in a Store

Shopping in Japan can be a daunting experience for new language learners. Even if you can read basic hiragana or katakana the different font styles and designs can make reading labels confusing.

Japanese Essentials: How to Ask For Directions in Japanese

In Japan, streets are not named but have numbers – with the exception of the main roads. Thus, finding your way around the cities can be challenging.

Japanese Essentials: How to Ask Where is Something?

We are continuing our Essential Japanese series with a look at being able to ask where is something. Very similar to English, Japanese language has interrogative words and theyR...

What You Need to Know About Japan’s New Job Hunting Visa

The new Designated Activities visa allows foreign students actively seeking employment after graduation to stay in Japan.

Japanese Essentials: How to ask if a place is nearby

Asking for directions in Japanese is very easy and a good way to meet the locals. Follow our handy vocabulary guide to learning how to ask if a place is nearby.

Japanese Essentials: Talk About Family

When speaking about family in Japanese, you will not use the same words whether your speaking about your loved ones or about another person’s family members.

Japanese Essentials: How to Ask a Question

If you want to know more about the person you’re with, it’s time to learn how to ask a question in Japanese.

Marine Day (海の日): How and Why Japan Pay Homage to the Oceans

Japan is the only nation to have a public holiday dedicated to the oceans. So, why is Marine Day important and how can we all celebrate it together?

Diana: I don’t actually look like soy sauce

Diana fell in love with the culture and language of Japan while visiting over ten years ago. She recently decided to continue her studies by taking the Coto Intensive Japanese Language Course.