How to open a bank account in Japan!

Everything is ready and you are good to go live your dream in Tokyo. And at you arrival… You are wondering how to open a bank account in Japan! The...

Have you ever seen live sumo? The Grand Sumo Tournament

The 40th Grand Sumo Tournament In Coto Japanese Academy every February we have an appointment with Sumo. Come with us and discover the picture of an incredible Grand Sumo Tournamen...

Origins of Hiragana (ひらがな) and Katakana (カタカナ)

When you first start learning Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana might seem very intimidating. At Coto Japanese Academy, we believe that if you learn how to write Japanese at your own...

Sentô: the Japanese public bath!

In January, our students went on a Special Sentô Tour to discover the wonders of the traditional Japanese public baths and their artworks. The communal baths appeared in Japanese t...

Apologizing in Japanese – すみません (Sumimasen), I’m Sorry!

The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Casual Apologies Formal Apologies   The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Do you know how to apologize correctly in Japanese? Apologizing is an imp...

Coto’s event in February 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in February. Please send your request for...

Having fun with Japanese Oyaji Gag

Every language has its jokes and word games, delightful and refreshing for the minds. Japanese people are particularly fond of what they call “oyaji gag”, a type of jok...

Winter (冬) Photo Contest 2016!

  Winter (冬) Photo Contest 2016! Coto Japanese Academy’s Winter Photo Contest is BACK! All you have to do to take part is to post a picture of your experience during...

The Japanese little New Year: koshougatsu

Did you know that in Japan, not so long after the New Year’s celebrations, Japanese people celebrate the festival of the Little New Year? Historically, the “koshougatsu...

Japanese Slang: Bibiru (びびる)… Were you Surprised, Scared or Shocked?

Who doesn’t like to learn more about slangs? We believe that when you are learning a foreign language, studying slang is a nice and fun way to widen your vocabulary. Not...

The Japanese calendar and the day of nanakusa gayu

You can learn a lot about Japan just by looking at its calendar. Full of surprises and very interesting facts, the Japanese calendar is a door to the traditions and...

The Japanese New Year culture

Did you know that until the Meiji era, the Japanese New Year calendar was similar to the Chinese calendar? It was only until 1873 that the Japanese New Year changed for the...