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8 Must-Visit Starbucks in Japan with Local Concepts

Japan’s Starbucks has recently been featured globally for its unique blend of Japanese architecture, history, and culture. In this blog, we pick up 8 Starbucks stores that are a must-visit, if you are living in, or visiting Japan. From the world’s first Tatami Starbucks to the Izumo Taisha outlet that offers a “Zen” experience, there’s […]
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Amusement Parks in Japan- Useful Japanese phrases to know

Japanese Amusement Parks Do you have an obsession with amusement parks? Are you a Disney nerd? In this blog we’ll round up some of the most well known amusement parks in Tokyo, and in Kansai and share information about them. We’ll also introduce several useful phrases that you can try when visiting an amusement park […]
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What Does Nakama Mean?

Find out the meaning of Nakama in Japanese. How is it used by Luffy from the Anime: One Piece? Let's find out...
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What does Domo mean in Japanese? -Domo Japanese meaning

 どうも -pronounced “Dou-mo” is a phrase you’d come across when you eating in at an Izakaya or a restaurant. Domo is equivalent to the English version of “very much” and “very”. In many situations, the word is used to express appreciation. “Arigato Neko” by jpmatth is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 If you know Japan, you have probably come […]
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What does Yare Yare mean in Japanese?

If you already watched or read JoJo’s Bizzarre Adventure in Japanese, you would know the iconic phrase by Jotaro Kujo: “やれやれ” -pronounced “Yare Yare”. The phrase is trasnlated to intrepretations such as “well well”, “good grief” and “give me a break.” It is a common expression in Japan used to show disappointment. It is also […]
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Japanese Conbinis & Useful Japanese Phrases for a Japanese Conbinis

If you ever visit Japan, it is a must do to visit a Japanese convenience store, or also known as “conbini” or “konbini”. The word conbini is derived from the word convenience store, which is pronounced as 「コンビニエンス・ストア」in Japanese. As of 2020, there are over 55,000 conbinis in Japan, with top major chains consisting of […]
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Crypto in Japan article – Useful Related Japanese Vocabulary

Are you interested in trading digital currency or crypto in Japan? Bitcoin and crypto is all the buzz as of late – especially since Bitcoin crushed it’s 2017 all time high and has since tripled in price.  As of writing this article the price of 1 BTC is sitting around ~¥600,000 JPY (around $57,000 USD). […]
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Life in Japan Tip – Deals on Japan Train Travel (Tokyo Rail Pass)

“Tsuzumi Gate” by jpellgen (@1179_jp) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Summer is right around the corner!  And with it, many great opportunities to travel and see Japan. However – we know that budgeting is important when traveling Japan.  If you aren’t careful, the cost racks up quickly!  What’s more, if you have a family – that’s […]
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JLPT N4 Grammar: 〜ましょうか (How to say "Shall I…" in Japanese)

Do you know how to offer help in Japanese?  Given that Japanese is such a polite language, it is important to know how to offer someone help in Japanese.  That’s why this article examines the JLPT N4 Grammar point: ましょうか (mashou ka). This article is a companion blog for the video above available on Youtube.  Watch […]
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Japanese Childcare Vocabulary (Registering for a nursery) – Basic info and Vocab

If you are living in Japan with kids – you might want to put your child into a nursery or a daycare. This blog will hopefully give you a brief overview of the different types of nurseries available and some vocabulary to look out for. Types of Nurseries in Japan 認可(にんか,Ninka) Authorized Daycare Facility Authorized […]
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What Does "Oishii" Mean in Japanese? 美味しい, おいしい in Japanese

Have you ever heard the word “oishii!” in Japanese?  It’s a common adjective found in Japanese media, like anime, comics, TV, as well as in everyday life in Japan. “Oishii” is an easy-to-use Japanese word. In other words, once you understand the meaning and how it’s used – you will be able to immediately add […]
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List of Japanese Language Certificates Accepted by Immigration

The rules for Japanese student visas are changing.   Before we continue we would like to share the following   Disclaimer:   We do NOT provide student visa support at our school. But we would like to cover this issue as it affects many of the spouses and partners of our students.   If you […]
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