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School News New “Lite Intensive” Evening Courses are now here!

What is a “Lite Intensive Course”? A Lite Intensive course is   2 Days Per Week (A total of 4x 50 minute sessions) A linear course format (Our current part-ti...

Posted by on August 3, 2020
Special Thanks: Nihongo Plus! 100 Lessons

This summer marks the 16th anniversary of Coto Japanese Academy, from its early foundation as the Iidabashi Language School in 2000. Started by 4 staff in a small apartment, we...

Welcome to the World of Japanese Onomatopoeia!

“My stomach went ペコペコ (peko peko).” Does the word “peko peko” ring a bell? If you are studying Japanese, you probably would have come across this word as a cute...

Learning about the Japanese Culture through Calligraphy

If you are troubled by Kanji studies, why don’t you take a break with some brushes and ink? Japanese calligraphy is not only an important part of Japanese culture but...

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......

The Origins of the Traditional Japanese Bento (弁当)

What is a Bento? The Worker’s Lunch & The Noble’s Snack A Style for Everyone’s Taste The Bento of Love What is a Bento? The Bento, from Convenience to Love...

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...

The Art of Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

What is The Art of Aizuchi? “Sou” Variations Expressing “I got it!” Showing Your Surprise! Using Aizuchi Properly   What is The Art of Aizuchi? To mast...

Learning Japanese: Knowing the Punctuation used in Japanese Writing

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not even exist before the 19th century. De...

Coto’s events in June! Pera Pera Night is back!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Coto Japanese Academy events in June are so promising! Perapera Night, Lunch Tour, Calligraph...

Sweet Words for Love in Japanese! ラブラブだね!

Love-Love…? Origins of Love-Love (ラブラブ) Other Loan words related to Love Traditional Japanese words related to Love Love-Love…? – They are so love-love! – W...

Moshi Moshi (もしもし) – Japanese Phone Etiquette

Speaking in Japanese on the phone is a next level challenge for most students. Here’s our handy guide for some key phrases that you need to know.

Ways to say “I Love You” in Japanese

How Do Japanese people use “I Love You”? Introduction “I Love You” in Japanese Being in Love Other forms of Love Introduction – Tanaka sensei, how do ...