Japanese Study

How to Prepare For a Japanese Job Interview?

If you’ve been dreaming of working in Japan, and you’ve finally received a job interview proposition, now it the time to learn how to prepare for a Japanese job intervi...

Discover the top of Japanese names

Did you know that Japan has about 100,000 family names, and probably just as many given names? Thanks to the wonders of Japanese characters, Japanese names are quite interesting to...

How to take a bath in a Japanese sento

In February, we visited beautiful 銭湯(せんとう) (public baths) with our students. Have you ever been to one? Do you know the manners to follow when taking a bath in a Japanese sento?......

The hinamatsuri, the dolls’ and girls’ day!

On March the 3rd, Japanese people celebrate the hinamatsuri, a special day on which are displayed beautiful dolls, representing the Emperor’s court. In Japan, dolls are belie...

Everything you need to know about Japanese cherry blossom: sakura

In the Japanese culture, one very important theme is the seasons and the flowers symbolizing the passage of time. Among them, one kind is particularly iconic, capturing the attenti...

Japanese Etiquette: “After You”, どうぞ、お先に (Douzo Osaki ni)

Japanese Etiquette & Manners Please go ahead… Going the extra mile to be even more Polite Japanese Etiquette & Manners Travelling abroad forces us to reconsider our m...

Discover Japan by train! Seishun 18 Kippu

Do you have plans for the next spring in Japan? Do you like travelling by train? Staying in Japan for a few months want to explore without going bankrupt? We...

How to open a bank account in Japan!

Everything is ready and you are good to go live your dream in Tokyo. And at you arrival… You are wondering how to open a bank account in Japan! The...

Origins of Hiragana (ひらがな) and Katakana (カタカナ)

When you first start learning Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana might seem very intimidating. At Coto Japanese Academy, we believe that if you learn how to write Japanese at your own...

Sentô: the Japanese public bath!

In January, our students went on a Special Sentô Tour to discover the wonders of the traditional Japanese public baths and their artworks. The communal baths appeared in Japanese t...

Apologizing in Japanese – すみません (Sumimasen), I’m Sorry!

The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Casual Apologies Formal Apologies   The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Do you know how to apologize correctly in Japanese? Apologizing is an imp...

Having fun with Japanese Oyaji Gag

Every language has its jokes and word games, delightful and refreshing for the minds. Japanese people are particularly fond of what they call “oyaji gag”, a type of jok...