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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
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...

Coto’s events in December 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 Thursday, December 3rd  12:30-13:50 in Kagurazaka L...

Discover The Wonders of The Japanese Kotatsu

What so special about the kotatsu table? Foreigners traveling around Japan during the winter are often very surprised by how cold Japanese homes can be. They wonder why such an...

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test: JLPT

Are you currently studying Japanese? If so, then you might be interested in knowing more about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, in short, the JLPT!  Launched in 1984 as...