What do Itadakimasu (いただきます) and Gochisousamadesu (ごちそうさまです) Mean?

Introduction Itadakimasu (いただきます) Gochisousamadesu (ごちそうさまです) Eating in Japan: Using Itadakimasu and Gochisousamadesu Ever wondered about the meaning of the most important Japanese...

The perfect Japanese seasonal words for Summer!

Japanese Summer is finally around the corner and despite the heat in this season, there are many things to enjoy. Festivals are held throughout the season which continuously hyped ...

Common Animal Onomatopoeia used by the Japanese

We like to think some constants are with no doubt universal and shared by everyone. For instance, sounds that animals make. They don’t have change from one country to another...

Coto’s events in July, 2016: Try a Japanese Sword!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events at Coto Coto events in July are so promising! Lunch Tour, Calligraphy Class,...

Special Thanks: Nihongo Plus! 100 Lessons

This summer marks the 16th anniversary of Coto Japanese Academy, from its early foundation as the Iidabashi Language School in 2000. Started by 4 staff in a small apartment, we...

Welcome to the World of Japanese Onomatopoeia!

“My stomach went ペコペコ (peko peko).” Does the word “peko peko” ring a bell? If you are studying Japanese, you probably would have come across this word as a cute...

Learning about the Japanese Culture through Calligraphy

If you are troubled by Kanji studies, why don’t you take a break with some brushes and ink? Japanese calligraphy is not only an important part of Japanese culture but...

A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get......

The Origins of the Traditional Japanese Bento (弁当)

What is a Bento? The Worker’s Lunch & The Noble’s Snack A Style for Everyone’s Taste The Bento of Love What is a Bento? The Bento, from Convenience to Love...

Japanese Conversational Skills: Using Ending Particles “Ne (ね)” and “Yo (よ)”

When studying Japanese, one of the first ending particles you learn is ka (か). This acts as a question mark and turns the whole sentence into a question. It’s one of...

The Art of Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

First, watch our video about Aizuchi above! What is The Art of Aizuchi? “Sou” Variations Expressing “I got it!” Showing Your Surprise! Using Aizuchi Properl...

Learning Japanese: Knowing the Punctuation used in Japanese Writing

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not even exist before the 19th century. De...