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Life in Japan Plastic Bags in Japan – マイバッグ | Eco-friendly Grocery Shopping in Japan

In the above video, Akiko-sensei explains to us the recent change in Japan’s policy regarding plastic bags. She also explains how to interact with store clerks in Japanese ab...

Posted by on September 14, 2020
Discover Japan by train! Seishun 18 Kippu

Do you have plans for the next spring in Japan? Do you like travelling by train? Staying in Japan for a few months want to explore without going bankrupt? We...

Employed as IT engineer in Japan after 6 months

This time we interviewed Fabrice who came to Japan from France with a working holiday visa and got a job at a major IT company in Japan after taking a 6-month course.

How to open a bank account in Japan!

Everything is ready and you are good to go live your dream in Tokyo. And after your arrival… You might be wondering how to open a bank account in Japan!...

Have you ever seen live sumo? The Grand Sumo Tournament

The 40th Grand Sumo Tournament In Coto Japanese Academy every February we have an appointment with Sumo. Come with us and discover the picture of an incredible Grand Sumo Tournamen...

Origins of Hiragana (ひらがな) and Katakana (カタカナ)

Click Here to join our 30 day challenge to learn Hiragana When you first start learning Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana might seem very intimidating. At Coto Japanese Aca...

Sentô: the Japanese public bath!

In January, our students went on a Special Sentô Tour to discover the wonders of the traditional Japanese public baths and their artworks. The communal baths appeared in Japanese t...

Apologizing in Japanese – すみません (Sumimasen), I’m Sorry!

The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Casual Apologies Formal Apologies   The Ubiquitous すみません (Sumimasen) Do you know how to apologize correctly in Japanese? Apologizing is an imp...

Coto’s event in February 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in February. Please send your request for...

Having fun with Japanese Oyaji Gag

Every language has its jokes and word games, delightful and refreshing for the minds. Japanese people are particularly fond of what they call “oyaji gag”, a type of jok...

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...