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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
Japanese Slang: ガチ (Gachi)

When you are learning a foreign language, studying slangs is a nice and fun way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you speak more fluently but you will sound more like a nati...

A Japanese word for October: Koromogae

In Japan, the rather sudden change of seasons has lead to a very interesting custom called koromogae 「衣替え」: to change one’s wardrobe seasonally. The tradition began when all ...

Participating in the 6-month intensive course, while working at a law firm – Collin

Colin is from the United States, and this is his fourth year in Japan. He decided to take the 6 months intensive course in order to obtain the position he seeks.

Understanding Omotenashi: Uncovering the Key to Japanese Hospitality

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

Coto’s events in October 2015

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Go for Lunch! Kagurazaka area ランチツアー! 神楽坂 Wednesday, October 7th  12:30-13:50 in Kagurazaka I...

Japanese Essentials: Sending a Postal Package in Japan

Sending something abroad… Sample Dialogue Vocabulary & Useful Phrases   Sending something abroad… Many challenges await expatriates in Japan. The small actions...

Japanese Slang: チンする (Chin Suru), The Sound of a Microwave?

Microwaving your Bento/Food What did it Originate from? Using it in Casual Conversations   Microwaving your Bento/Food Do you often buy prepared meal to warm up with a microwa...

Japanese slang otsubone

When you are learning a foreign language, studying slangs is a nice and fun way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you speak more fluently but you will sound more like a nati...

Let’s learn how to use the Japanese Word: ぶり (Buri)!

Useful Expressions In a Conversational Setting… How about Hisashiburi (久しぶり/ひさしぶり)? Useful Expressions Expressing the passing time in a foreign language can be quite tricky. ...

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...

Japanese Slang: Mattari (Suru) for Chilling Out!

When you are learning a foreign language, studying slangs is a funny way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you speak more fluently but you will sound more like a native spea...

Japanese Crash Course – Survival Japanese

Welcome to Japan! Along with your first steps in your new life in Tokyo, begin to learn Japanese with Coto’s Japanese Crash Course and feel immediately your improvement. In 4...