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How to Enroll in Coto Academy’s Japanese Courses

It is a dream come true to be living in Japan. However, learning Japanese is a must to make your life smoother here! At Coto, we offer small group in-person or online classes with flexible schedules that allow you to find your community in Japan while learning Japanese at your ideal time. We primarily focus […]
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Japanese Etiquette and Cultural Norms

As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Welcome to the fascinating world of Japanese culture! Japan is a place where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with the modern world. It’s known for its unique customs and manners, and understanding these cultural norms isn’t just interesting; it’s essential for anyone planning to […]
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A Comprehensive Guide to Phone Numbers and SIM Cards

Japan is a country known for its technological prowess, and having a local phone number is essential for anyone looking to fully immerse themselves in Japanese society. Whether you’re a tourist planning an extended stay or an expatriate settling into your new life, obtaining a Japanese phone number is a key step. This guide will […]
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A Guide to Self-Introductions in Japanese Job Interviews

A Quick Jump To… In the competitive world of Japanese job interviews, making a strong first impression is crucial. Your self-introduction, or 自己紹介 (Jiko shōkai), sets the tone for the entire interview and gives the interviewer a glimpse into your personality, skills, and motivations. Understanding the nuances of Japanese etiquette and tailoring your introduction accordingly […]
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How to Buy Movie Tickets in Japan: A Complete Guide

Going to the movies is a popular pastime in Japan, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, understanding how to buy movie tickets in Japan can enhance your entertainment adventures. This guide will walk you through the process, provide useful Japanese phrases, and recommend where to go! A Quick […]
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Mastering Japanese Conjugation: An Engaging and Comprehensive Guide

Learning Japanese conjugation doesn’t have to be a dry and daunting task. In fact, it can be an exciting journey filled with twists and turns, much like a thrilling adventure. So, fasten your seatbelts as we embark on a quest to unravel the mysteries of Japanese conjugation, sprinkling a dash of fun and excitement into […]
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Dogenzaka: Guide to Exploring Love Hotels in Shibuya 

If you’re looking for a unique experience during your trip to Japan, love hotels might just be the perfect option. While love hotels are most often used by couples, you can also go by yourself if you want to experience a more hidden side of Japan. Now, visiting love hotels is quickly becoming a popular […]
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How to Learn Japanese in Shibuya: A Step-by-Step Guide

With the anticipation of Coto Academ's fourth Japanese language school in Shibuya, we want to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to improve your Japanese language skill in Shibuya.
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Best Cafes in Shibuya for Studying and Remote Work (with WiFi, Power Sockets)

In this guide, we'll introduce you to the best cafes in Shibuya with free WiFi and power outlets so you enjoy coffee and study in peace.
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Why I Took J-TEST Instead of JLPT — And How I Passed

Most of us are familiar with JLPT, which is probably the most famous Japanese language certification test recognized by both education institutions and companies in Japan — but there’s another standardized test,  J-Test, that deserves more attention. Ever heard of it? It might not be as popular as the JLPT, but higher-level Japanese learners recommended […]
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Japanese Learning Resources We Love: February 2023

Welcome to February! Take a look below at our favorite learning resources for the month! 
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How I Prepared and Passed JLPT N4

From understanding the exam format to studying effectively, I’ll explain in detail how I passed JLPT N4, the resources I used and how I stayed motivated. 
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