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Omiyage: A Thoughtful Gesture to Share Your Travels

Returning home from a business trip or holiday abroad often brings back fond memories of new experiences, cultural encounters, and culinary delights. But what better way to share these cherished moments with your loved ones and colleagues than by bringing back a little piece of your travels? This is where the Japanese tradition of omiyage […]
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Kick-start your 2024 JLPT Exam Prep With Coto Academy! 

You have one shot to nail the JLPT. And surely you don’t want to miss it, right? Well, there’s surely no easy way out of this situation. Speakers that do not work quite right, or somehow the tiniest voice of anything distract you from the test. But, this is totally why you have to expect […]
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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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How to have an informal conversation in Japanese: Phrases to use

Japanese Romaji English Usage/Context おはよう Ohayou Good morning Kickstart your chat with a friendly morning greeting. 元気? Genki? How are you? A classic way to ask how your friend is doing. 最近、何か面白いことあった? Saikin, nanka omoshiroi koto atta? Anything interesting happening lately? Starting the conversation いや~ Iya~ Nah~ A casual way to express a laid-back “no” […]
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Otaku Culture in Japan: A Journey into the World of Passionate Fandom

Japan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, technological prowess, and captivating pop culture. But amidst the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the tranquil shrines of Kyoto, a unique subculture- otaku culture- has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. A Quick Jump To… Defining Otaku: A Spectrum of Passions The term “otaku” originally referred to […]
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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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Thanksgiving in Japan: Kinrō Kansha no Hi

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. When discussing Thanksgiving, we usually think of the American style, where family and friends celebrate this day together by holding a turkey and pumpkin pie feast. But did you know Japan has a similar celebration?  In Japan, this gratitude is expressed during […]
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Speaking Practice Course: New Online Group Course from September ★

What is the【Speaking Practice Course 🗣️】? ~ Introducing the course and its reviews ~ As its name suggests, the【Speaking Practice Course】is a course where students can converse freely with their classmates to practice speaking in Japanese! ★ Each lesson is 50 minutes, and since each class is stand-alone, you can reserve one lesson anytime! ★ […]
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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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How to Ask for the Bill in Japanese Restaurants

Dining at Japanese restaurants can be a delightful experience, from savoring delicious sushi to enjoying a hot bowl of ramen. However, at the end of the meal, you may find yourself wondering how to ask for the bill. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the essential phrases, provide a vocabulary table, and quiz […]
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Japanese Shopping Phrases: Make Your Payment Smooth

Japan, a land of rich culture, captivating cuisine, and technological advancements, is also a haven for shopping enthusiasts. From bustling department stores to quaint local markets, Japan offers a diverse array of shopping experiences. However, for non-Japanese speakers, navigating the language of payments can be a daunting task. Fear not, as this comprehensive guide will […]
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Exploring Japan’s Literary Landscape: A Guide to Book Genres in Japanese

Japan’s literary landscape is as diverse and captivating as its culture. From the timeless classics of ancient Japan to the contemporary works of modern authors, Japanese literature offers a variety of genres to satisfy your literary cravings. Whether you’re into thrilling adventures, heart-touching romances, or thought-provoking dramas, Japanese literature has something for everyone. A Quick […]
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