Life in Japan

What Does Baka Mean in Japanese – and Why You (Probably) Shouldn’t Use It

Have you ever heard the word “baka” used in Japanese?  Do you know what it means?  If you are an avid anime viewer or you are living in Japan –...

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...

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...

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...

Important Coronavirus Vocabulary in Japanese

Many of you guys have requested a “cheat sheet” in Japanese for how to talk about COVID-19 in Japan. This includes key vocabulary you need to know to understand news...

Colors in Japanese – How to Use Japanese Color Words

Click Here to join our 30 day challenge to learn Hiragana In Japanese, the words for specific colors are used differently depending on their parts of speech. Having two sets...

Getting a Japanese Drivers License from Scratch – Illustrated Guide

Japanese Driver’s License? Most drivers in Japan drive in an orderly manner because of the strict process to obtain the driver’s license. To drive in Japan, you need to...

Intermediate Lite Intensive Courses are here!

Our Lite Intensive Course is now available for the Intermediate Level For our full-time working students, it can be hard to take Japanese lessons during the week.  Either you take....

How to Use a Japanese ATM – Kanji and Vocab for Using an ATM in Japanese – FULL GUIDE

Japanese ATMs can be difficult and confusing to operate in Japanese! Although some ATMs have English options available, many do not. So if you have already opened a Japanese bank.....

Baby names that work in Both Japanese and English

Are you having a baby in Japan? Choosing a name can be hard. You don’t want to have to have a Japanese only name – but most English names don’t...

Plastic Bags in Japan – マイバッグ | Eco-friendly Grocery Shopping in Japan

In the above video, Akiko-sensei explains to us the recent change in Japan’s policy regarding plastic bags. She also explains how to interact with store clerks in Japanese ab...

Orchards and Fruit Picking in Tokyo – How to Make a Reservation and Key Vocabulary

Are you planning a family outing in Tokyo? Or maybe even a romantic date! In any case, fruit picking in Tokyo is a fantastic excursion idea! Japan has orchards and...

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