Japanese Study

Japanese hospitality: Oshibori

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Japan? For me, it’s definitely the Japanese hospitality! Oshibori! Imagine if you are really cold right...

Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)

How to Use: お先に失礼します! (Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu!) Ended Work…? Meaning of お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)… Replying to Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu… Leaving for...

Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お疲れ様です (Otsukaresama desu)!

Otsukaresama desu is a key phrase that you will need to master if you plan to work in a Japanese office.

How to Prepare For a Japanese Job Interview?

Preparing for your Japanese Job Interview? If you’ve been dreaming of working in Japan, and you’ve finally received a job interview proposition, then now is the time to...

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...