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Life in Japan 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?...

Posted by on September 13, 2019
Winter (冬) Photo Contest 2016!

  Winter (冬) Photo Contest 2016! Coto Japanese Academy’s Winter Photo Contest is BACK! All you have to do to take part is to post a picture of your experience during...

The Japanese little New Year: koshougatsu

Did you know that in Japan, not so long after the New Year’s celebrations, Japanese people celebrate the festival of the Little New Year? Historically, the “koshougatsu...

Japanese Slang: Bibiru (びびる)… Were you Surprised, Scared or Shocked?

Who doesn’t like to learn more about slangs? We believe that when you are learning a foreign language, studying slang is a nice and fun way to widen your vocabulary. Not...

The Japanese calendar and the day of nanakusa gayu

You can learn a lot about Japan just by looking at its calendar. Full of surprises and very interesting facts, the Japanese calendar is a door to the traditions and...

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...

Wishing others a Happy New Year in Japanese!

In Japanese, you can say Happy New Year with various expressions so let’s get familiar with a few phrases.

Japanese New Year Traditional Dishes: Osechi Ryouri (おせち料理)

Learn more about Japanese tradition and culture and discover the wonders of the New Year traditional dishes called “osechi ryouri” (おせち料理).

Coto’s events in January 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are going to be holding some really fun events this January, take...

Coto Japanese Academy Year-End party 2015 !

How has everyone’s 2015 been? Continuing the tradition from last year, our 2015 year-end party was held at Salt and Soil organic restaurant, only a two minute walk from the.....

Get To Know The Japanese New Year’s Poscards Tradition

December and January are the busiest times for the Japanese post offices and it all come to one reason: the tradition of New Year‘s Poscards (nengajo). And yes, it’s pr...

How to Wish Happy New Year in December?

When leaving the office for your well-deserved winter holidays, don’t forget to wish your Japanese colleagues a Happy New Year with the correct expression! You may have learn...

The Bounenkai Season in Japan

Time passed quickly and here we are, already in December! It’s the perfect time to introduce a Japanese custom called “bounenkai”. Written “忘年会” in ka...