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School News Yokohama Japanese Language School – for Expats and Professionals – Spring 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we will be opening a new Japanese language school in Yokohama in Spring of 2020! With many choices for Japanese schools available in Yokohama...

Posted by on December 5, 2019
Top 10 Yokai/Japanese Ghost List!

Halloween is around the corner! Have you thought about which monster or ghost to dress up as? Well, in Japan, we have our own 妖怪 (Youkai). The word 妖怪 (Youkai) is...

Japan’s new consumption tax – Info and Vocabulary – Illustrated Guide

Sales tax has changed in Japan! Due to a need to prepare for the Japan’s future (elderly care, pensions) – consumption tax has increased to 10 percent on October 1st,.....

Japanese Cosmetics: Useful Words and Information – Illustrated Guide and Vocabulary List

Japanese cosmetic products are one of the many popular items in Japan! Many tourists who come to Japan indulge in the shopping of these products and more often than not,...

Kanji Practice Worksheet Free Download : JLPT N5 Kanji Unit 1 Numbers – PDF

JLPT N5 Kanji Printable Practice Worksheet now for free download Are you a master of Japanese Kanji?  If you are like most people – the answer is probably no.  Do...

How to navigate Japanese train platforms – Illustrated Guide

Waiting at a Japanese train platform can be tricky. There are many signs on the floor and it can be overwhelming to try to understand. When traveling in Japan –...

Top 50 YouTube Channels to Learn Japanese! – Categorized List

We will be updating this list regularly with channels that we find from community suggestions – so over time it will grow! Right now it has over 50!😁 YouTube videos...

10 Phrases from Japanese Anime that you can actually use!

Do you watch anime to learn Japanese?  Are you worried that you sound too much like an Anime character 😀 In this blog we will share with you some natural...

Useful Words to Describe Food in Japanese – Illustrated Guide

Looking for Japanese words to describe that great lunch or dinner you just had? In this blog, we will be taking a look at some useful and basic vocabulary words...

Expressing Wants in Japanese

In Japanese you may want to know how to say – “I want this” or “I want that” or  “I want to do” something. Just like in English – th...

Shopping in Japan – How to say “can I return / exchange this?” in Japanese

Bought the wrong size/color/item in Japan! Can you return it? Have you ever bought a shirt, only to discover it’s not quite the right fit when you get it home?...

How to Read Shinkansen Tickets in Japan

Having trouble reading your Shinkansen ticket? Japanese bullet train tickets hold a lot of information on them.  Sadly – almost all of this information is in Japanese.  This ...

JLPT Average Scores vs Coto Japanese Academy Student Scores – Infographic

Are you interested to learn how Coto Students performed on the JLPT? This article will show a summary of the data from the 2018 December JLPT