Life in Japan

Showa Day (昭和の日): Remembering History, and Why It’s Important

The intention of Showa Day is to encourage reflection upon the years 1929-1989, otherwise known as the Showa Era – an intense time in Japan.

Japanese Baseball Vocabulary & Flashcards

Going to a Tokyo Giants Baseball Game? This article will teach you Japanese Baseball Vocabulary!

Tokyo Dome City & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Tokyo Dome City (東京ドームシティ) & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (小石川後楽園) are two major tourist destinations located a short 15 minute walk from Coto Japanese Academy – they are a...

The Love Shrine of Tokyo – Tokyo Daijingu Shrine(東京大神宮)

Did you know that one of Tokyo’s 5 Major Shrines is only a 3 minute walk from Coto ACADEMY?   Tokyo Daijingu 東京大神宮 ( とうきょう だいじんぐ ) – located in Iidabashi......

Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日): The Start of Spring

The transition from winter to spring is always highly anticipated in Japan. So, to welcome this new season, we take a look at the history, meaning and celebrations of Vernal Equinox Day.

Cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka that are good for Studying

Cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka Are you looking for a pleasant space to sit down and study Japanese in Tokyo? This list and map of cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka...

Vocabulary for Tokyo Immigration Office, Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau FAQ

If you are a new resident to Japan – visiting the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau  (東京(とうきょう)入国(にゅうこく)管理(かんり)局(きょく)) / (Tokyo Immigration Office) is likely something that y...

Sorting Garbage out in Japan – Japanese Words related to throwing Garbage away

Garbage In Japan Garbage is not just something you can throw away easily, there is a large level of preparation needed before you can pitch things out in the bin...

Top 10 Useful Phrases for Japanese Job Interviews to help you sound more Natural

In the following blog – we will be introducing 10 useful phrases that you can use to sound more natural in Japanese Job Interviews. Japanese Job Interviews can be fun,...

How I Passed the JLPT N2 – Student Testimonial / JLPT Exam Guide

JLPT N2 Exam Guide – Table of Contents: 1. Background 2. Components of the JLPT N2 Exam 3. Kanji 4. Grammar 5. Reading 6. Vocabulary 7. Listening 8. Keigo 9....

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日): A Patriotic Holiday for Japan

Due to its somewhat controversial origins, National Foundation was abolished following the post-war constitution, but it subsequently bounced back 20 years later. We wonder, does it still hold the same meaning?

Where can you park your bike in Tokyo? Churinjo 駐輪場 or Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止

Where can you park your bike in Tokyo? Churinjo 駐輪場 or Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止 If you are a new resident to Tokyo, you may have bought a bike and are...