Tochigi Prefecture – Three Monkeys, One Fox and Endless Gyoza

Tochigi may be most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nikko National Park. But have you heard about its close connection to gyoza? Or the tale of its magical kitsune?

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?

Japanese Essentials: How to Book a Restaurant by Phone?

Tokyo is home to a large number of Michelin starred restaurants but getting a table can be difficult if you haven’t made a reservation in advance.

Aichi Prefecture – Geek Chic

In the heart of Japan’s main island, Aichi Prefecture is the place to go to nurture the wonderful geek within you!

Coto December Events Calendar 2017

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Thursday, November 30: Lunch tour Kagurazaka is an enchanting neighbourhood located 5 minutes...

Japanese Essentials: Days of the Week & Months of the Year

Learning the Japanese days of the week and months of the year is one of the easiest lessons that you will have. Let’s start with the days of the week.

Hiroshima Prefecture – An International Symbol of Peace and Hope

Hiroshima’s harrowing history and tenacious spirit have helped it to become a beacon of hope for everyone.

Alexandre: Japanese Business Course Testimonial

Alexandre is studying to be a lawyer and recently took our business course to improve his understanding of Japanese keigo.

Nagano Prefecture – Mountains, Monkeys, Ninjas and More

Nagano Prefecture – and its many mountains – have many (sometimes surprising) delights to offer. It holds nine of Japan’s 12 tallest peaks and encompasses much of the areas of the Kita-Alps, Chuo-Alps and Minami-Alps.

Japanese Essentials: How to Ask Permission?

Knowing how to ask permission in Japanese will make your stay in Japan more enjoyable. Learn a very simple sentence to ask if you can take a picture, borrow a pen or enter somewhere.

Hyogo Prefecture – A Tale of Two Seas

With coastlines on both the Sea of Japan and the Seto Island Sea, many of Hyogos most distinguished locations are on the coast, including the home of Kobe Beef and Japan’s most spectacular castle.

Culture Day (文化の日): 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday that Commemorates Peace

Culture Day isn’t dedicated to Japanese culture alone, but whilst we are in Japan, how can we further appreciate the arts here?