Japanese Study

Discover The Wonders of The Japanese Kotatsu

What so special about the kotatsu table? Foreigners traveling around Japan during the winter are often very surprised by how cold Japanese homes can be. They wonder why such an...

Japanese Autumn: The Wonders of the 紅葉 (もみじ/Momiji) Season in Japan

Momiji and Kouyou When do I get to see these? What can I do in Autumn? If you’re planning on visiting Japan, you should make the trip twice! Once in...

A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get......

Japanese Conversational Skills: Using Ending Particles “Ne (ね)” and “Yo (よ)”

When studying Japanese, one of the first ending particles you learn is ka (か). This acts as a question mark and turns the whole sentence into a question. It’s one of...

Ways to say “I Love You” in Japanese

How Do Japanese people use “I Love You”? Do you know how to say “I love you” in Japanese? You may have heard “ai shiteru” or “suki” ...

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...

How to open a bank account in Japan!

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

The Japanese New Year culture

Did you know that until the Meiji era, the Japanese New Year calendar was similar to the Chinese calendar? It was only until 1873 that the Japanese New Year changed for the...

Understanding Omotenashi: Uncovering the Key to Japanese Hospitality

Omotenashi is all about offering the best service without the expectation of a reward

Japanese Slang: Hamaru

Who has never gone crazy over a new video game, an anime or a new phone? Like children, we can easily be absorbed by an exciting new item or activity. We unknowingly...

Getting to Know the Japanese New Year

Unlike China and Korea, which still follow the old calendar, Japan celebrates New Year according to the the modern calendar. The celebration is considered to be a more important ev...