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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 have grown to a fully staffed school, caring to provide the best services to our students. I am so delighted to be able to celebrate […]
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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 way of saying “I am hungry.” “Peko peko” resembles the sound of a growling stomach, and this is a simple example of the Japanese onomatopoeia. […]
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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 also a relaxing and fun way to practice your Kanji! Japanese Calligraphy’s History & Philosophy More than Holding a Brush and Drawing Strokes Tools commonly […]
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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 back to us! The Japanese rainy season starts in late spring and ends in early summer – roughly the beginning of June until mid-July in […]
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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 You would be very mistaken to think that a bento – Japanese packed meal, is merely a quickly prepared meal for busy people. In essence, […]
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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 many ending particles used in Japanese and is grammatically practical to designate a question. As ending particles in Japanese convey a lot of context […]
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The Art of Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

First, watch our video about Aizuchi above! 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 master conversing in Japanese, you must first learn the Art of Aizuchi: A way to indicate to the speaker that you are actively listening. […]
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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. Despite it being widespread during the Meiji Era, it wasn’t until 1946 that the Japanese punctuation we know of today was imposed by the Ministry of […]
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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, Calligraphy Class, Kabuki Show & a Special Cooking Class! Perapera Active Learning Night Perapera Active Learning Night Friday, June  3rd Have you heard of the Japanese word “Perapera”? It […]
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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! – What are you saying?! – ラブラブだって! – Ah! You mean lovey-dovey! – Lovey… Dovey? Love is everywhere. Or so you would think when you set foot in Japan, where we celebrate […]
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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.
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Ways to say "I Love You" in Japanese

How Do Japanese people use “I Love You”? Do you know how to say “I love you” in Japanese? You may have heard “ai shiteru” or “suki” as ways to express love in Japanese. In this article we explain the Japanese nuances behind the love related words in Japanese. Introduction “I Love You” in Japanese […]
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