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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
Book a Mystery Ski Package in Japanese

Can you believe we’re already in February? The winter season has well and truly settled in, but for those of you wanting to get out and ski or snowboard, there...

Valentine’s Day In Japan: Get Around All The Chocolate

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about women giving chocolate to men, a strong tradition going back to the 50s. What’s more, chocolate is given not only to lovers but a...

Japanese National Holiday: National Foundation Day

The National Foundation Day, 建国記念(けんこくきねん)の日(ひ), is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on February 11. This day marks the founding of the nation and the accession of the first ...

2017 Cherry Blossom Forecast & Hanami!

Good news everyone! According to the latest update from the Japan Weather Association, the 2017 cherry blossom season is to start on March 25 in Tokyo. We hope you’ll get the...

Quick Guide: Sumo Wrestling Glossary

Every year on the first Sunday of February, our students and the Coto Academy team get the chance to witness the annual Sumo Grand Tournament in Kokugikan, Tokyo’s indoor sta...

Japanese Intensive Course Spring Special

Spring is in the air! Spring in Japan means cherry blossoms, ohanami, sakura flavoured snacks and festivals. What kind of spring will it be for you? If you’re ready to develo...

Coto Events in March 2017

We are planning the following events in March 2017. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com! Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka Thursday, March 9 Have you ever bee...

6 Japanese Yojijukugo You Should Know

Do you experience setbacks and frustration while learning Japanese? When you forget to see the progress that you’re making and losing motivation, let go of the grammar and th...

Great snow, friendly people & relaxing onsen, why not ski with us in Niigata?

Did you know Niigata prefecture is famous for being the birthplace of skiing in Japan? Very easy to get to from Tokyo, the region is extremely popular for short skiing and...

Nicolas: From Working Holiday Visa to Local Freelance Photographer

When Nicolas arrived in Japan two years ago, he made a long time dream come true, a dream his wife came to share. He had travelled to Japan before, but became so...

How Mathieu Landed a Job in Japan

Mathieu moved to Japan in December 2015 to settle down with his Japanese wife. In France, he ran his own IT company providing customer support services. He chose to leave it all be...

Coto Events in February 2017

We are planning the following events in February 2017. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com! Japanese Ink Painting Class Wednesday, February 1 Take a ...