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Life in Japan Shopping in Japan – How to say “can I return / exchange this?” in Japanese

Bought the wrong size/color/item in Japan! Can you return it? Have you ever bought a shirt, only to discover it’s not quite the right fit when you get it home?...

Posted by on September 13, 2019
How to Read Shinkansen Tickets in Japan

Having trouble reading your Shinkansen ticket? Japanese bullet train tickets hold a lot of information on them.  Sadly – almost all of this information is in Japanese.  This ...

JLPT Average Scores vs Coto Japanese Academy Student Scores – Infographic

Are you interested to learn how Coto Students performed on the JLPT? This article will show a summary of the data from the 2018 December JLPT

Monthly Events at Coto

Monthly Events at Coto Japanese Academy   Each month we provide a series of cultural events for you to experience Japanese cooking, calligraphy, and cuisine.  We also produce ...

Starting a Business in Japan – Tokyo Start-up Guide (Important Links)

Are you interested in starting a business in Japan?  Is your dream to move to Tokyo and open a restaurant, shop, or an internet start-up? After several of our students...

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary – Key words to know

Japanese fashion is popular worldwide. Many people visit Japan just to experience the unique culture of its clothing. If you plan on visiting Japan and experiencing its fashions, y...

Learning Hiragana – Hiragana Chart, Practice Sheets, Apps, and Online Quiz

In this blog we share our own PDF Hiragana practice sheets, as well as links to some popular apps for learning Hiragana For those interested in learning the basics of...

Japan Train JR Travel Hack | The Ultimate Ticket – Seishun 18 Kippu

What do you think is the cheapest way to travel in Japan? JR pass? Nope. IC card? Nope. I know you have read tons of “travel tips” articles that introduce...

Finding English Movies in Japan / how to book a movie ticket online for Movies in Tokyo

If you are living in Tokyo you will probably want to visit a movie theater at some point.  This can be frustrating.  Many of our students have asked us –...

Ways to Beat the summer heat in Japan – Tokyo Public Waterpark and Tips

Summer is officially here in Japan and we have officially entered the hottest period in the year – which happens just after the rainy “梅雨” season.  While enjoying...

How to Speak Japanese when you don’t live in Japan

Although there are over 100,000,000 native Japanese speakers – 98% of them live inside Japan. This means that if you want to learn to speak Japanese – moving to Japan.....

Living in Japan as a Japanese Language Student – Quickstart Guide

From finding accommodation to signing up for an internet plan – this blog will give a list of helpful articles that will help make your stay in Tokyo easy. At...

Survival Japanese Crash Course – Getting started with Japanese in Tokyo

Have you just moved to Tokyo?  Are you ready to get started learning Japanese?  Choosing a Japanese language course to start learning Japanese can be confusing.  In this article we...

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