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Cultural Events Special Event – Discover Kabuki: 6/17 Monday

What is Kabuki? Kabuki(歌舞伎 かぶき) is a traditional Japanese dance-drama originated in the 17th century. It is well known for the fancy costumes, make-up and well-designed stages. In ...

Posted by on April 19, 2019
Coto Japanese Academy’s coming events! in May 2015

Cooking class 料理クラス Wednesday, May 13th 12:40-13:55 in Coto Japanese Academy Oshi-zushi Did you know that there are various different ways to make sushi? These include nigiri-zushi...

A Japanese word for May: Gogatsu byou

In Japan, a mysterious sickness to a foreign eye appears every year around May. Termed as the May sickness, 五月病(ごがつびょう) is not a specific disease per se, but more a disorder create...

Coto Japanese Academy’s Spring 春 photo contest! 2015

Coto’s Spring Photo Contest is FINALLY here! All you have to do to take part is to post a picture of your experience during Springtime in Japan and you stand...

Coto’s Spring 春 photo contest entries!

Coto’s Spring 春 photo contest entries! 1.九段下、千鳥が淵/ Chidorigafuchi, Kudanshita Submitted by Tunimaal, With the sakuras surrounding you, the light breeze that brushes past your...

Skiing & Snowboarding Tour 2015 in Myoko Ikenotaira

Skiing & Snowboarding Tour in Myoko Ikenotaira When one talks about winter in Japan, the topic of skiing is sure to come up! Although Hokkaido is famous for powder snow,...

How to Talk about or Refer to Yourself in Japanese

In Japanese there are three ways to refer to yourself. In this article we will learn how to differentiate between the three methods and which one is best for you to use.

Use and Meaning of よろしくお願いします (Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu)

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu (よろしくお願いします) is one of those quintessential Japanese words that is highly ingrained into the culture but very difficult to translate to English.

Have you ever seen a sumo match?

Have you ever seen a sumo match? On Sunday 8th February, we watched a professional sumo wrestling competition at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan sumo hall! Unlike normal, where the wrestlers...

Building a new career in Japan as a graphic designer

After leaving a position at a San Francisco-based design company that he built up impressively, Josf decided to challenge himself in Japan, a completely new environment. I talked to Josf about the miraculous start he’s made building his career as a graphic designer.

Japanese Cooking Event! Okonomi-yaki, yakisoba and more!

Japanese Cooking Event! Okonomi-yaki, yakisoba and more! Do you like Japanese cooking? Because eating out is so common in Japan, perhaps many of you have had Japanese food in resta...

Japanese Expression: How to use the Phrase “Muri Shinai De”

What does “Muri Shinai De” Mean? When can I use it? In Daily Contexts…   What does “Muri Shinai De” Mean? Japanese people have at heart to care f...

Understanding the Japanese Word: 改善 (かいぜん/Kaizen)

Do you know the Japanese word Kaizen? It means improvement. For example, the word is synonymous with quality control at a car assembly line.  The concept is widely adopted not...