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Japanese Grammar: Using Rashii (らしい), Mitai (みたい) and Poi (っぽい)

Intermediate Japanese Grammar: らしい, みたい, っぽい Skip to: Rashii (らしい) Mitai (みたい) Poi (っぽい) Review More than once, a Japanese learner will struggle over some grammar points. Among the...

How to Use your Japanese Air Conditioner Remote

Master the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer with our cool kanji guide.

A Japanese Word for September: Typhoon

With September coming around, you were relieved to feel the weather cooling down. Or so you believed. As the typhoon season reaches its peak, your perfect kit to go out...

The Japanese Silver Week, a Rare Five-Day Break

You might have heard of the Silver Week (シルバーウィーク), an expression coined in 2009, referring to 3 consecutive Japanese national holidays in early autumn. But did you know that the J...

Three Japanese Scary Spirits You Should Know About

You cannot travel in Japan without hearing at least a story or two about Japanese scary spirits. Are you aware that indeed, Japan is surrounded by a mythology of ancient...

Reading the Atmosphere in Japan – 空気読める (Kuuki Yomeru) “to Read the Air”

Have you ever heard the expression “yuuki yomeru” (空気読める – “to read the air”) in Japanese? Ever stumbled across the expression “Kuuki Yomenai...

Study Tips to Pass JLPT N3

Studying for the JLPT N3? After working through ‘Minna no Nihongo’, gloriously passing JLPT levels N5 or N4 and mastering the basic grammar needed to order your favouri...

And Japan’s Buzzword of 2016 is kamitteru!

Every year, Jiyukokuminsha publishing house, known for its annual book of slang, hold a buzzwords competition capturing social, political and entertainment trends of the year. The ...

Quick Guide: Commonly Used Terms related to Sumo Wrestling

Spectating a Sumo Match Sumo Terminologies Sumo Techniques   Spectating a Sumo Match Every year on the first Sunday of February, our students and the Coto Japanese Academy tea...

6 Japanese Yojijukugo You Should Know

Do you experience setbacks and frustration while learning Japanese? When you forget to see the progress that you’re making and losing motivation, let go of the grammar and th...

Valentine’s Day In Japan: Get Around All The Chocolate

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about women giving chocolate to men, a strong tradition going back to the 50s. What’s more, chocolate is given not only to lovers but a...

Booking a Mystery Ski Package in Japanese

Can you believe we’re already in February? The winter season has well and truly settled in, but for those of you wanting to get out and ski or snowboard, there...