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Japanese "Kira Kira" Names – A New Trend In Japanese Culture

Introduction What exactly are the “Kira Kira” Names (キラキラネーム)? Why the “Kira Kira” Names? “Kira Kira” Names 2015 Ranking! What Are Japanese Kira Kira Names? Lately, trending Japanese baby names are shifting towards a new unknown level of weirdness. Ever heard of “Kira Kira” names? Literally meaning “sparkly” or “shiny”, those are bizarre names sounding completely […]
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Japanese hospitality: Oshibori

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Japan? For me, it’s definitely the Japanese hospitality! Oshibori! Imagine if you are really cold right now, what would be the thing you yearn for the most? Warmth! That’s right! Especially when you are cold and hungry, you will naturally head […]
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Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)

How to Use: お先に失礼します! (Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu!) Ended Work…? Meaning of お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)… Replying to Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu… Leaving for a Short Trip/Errand… Ended Work…? Finally you’re done with your tasks of the day. The clock is ticking the end of your shift. Among the lucky ones, you are working in a good company. You […]
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Celebrate Spring with the Japanese Holiday: 春分の日 (Shunbun no Hi)!

What is 春分の日 (Shunbun no Hi)? Cultural Beliefs The Japanese Calendar sure can be a wonder for those who enjoy learning about the Japanese culture and traditions. Every month, with the exception of June, has a holiday. and with 20th March just around the corner lies the Spring Equinox Day, 春分の日.   What is 春分の日 (Shunbun no […]
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Otsukaresama desu – Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お疲れ様です!

Otsukaresama desu is a key phrase that you will need to master if you plan to work in a Japanese office.
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How to Prepare For a Japanese Job Interview?

Preparing for your Japanese Job Interview? If you’ve been dreaming of working in Japan, and you’ve finally received a job interview proposition, then now is the time to learn how to prepare for a Japanese job interview. If you are not familiar with how you can work in Japan, check out our guide for working […]
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Coto's events in April 2016: hanami, sushi & calligraphy!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in April 2016. Please send your request for participation to Ohanami party in Kitanomaru park お花見パーティin 北の丸公園 Sunday April 3rd, 12:00-17:00  in Kitanomaru park  Let’s enjoy the beginning of Spring together and […]
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Discover the top of Japanese names

Did you know that Japan has about 100,000 family names, and probably just as many given names? Thanks to the wonders of Japanese characters, Japanese names are quite interesting to learn. They are a door to Japanese culture, history and traditions and studying them is a very good way to steady your knowledge of kanji through […]
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How to take a bath in a Japanese sento

In February, we visited beautiful 銭湯(せんとう) (public baths) with our students. Have you ever been to one? Do you know the manners to follow when taking a bath in a Japanese sento? If you don’t want to make a ‘gaijin mess’, we recommend you reading this article! Open between from 1 PM to 2 AM Japanese public baths […]
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The hinamatsuri, the dolls' and girls' day!

On March the 3rd, Japanese people celebrate the hinamatsuri, a special day on which are displayed beautiful dolls, representing the Emperor’s court. In Japan, dolls are believed to contain bad spirits and the custom to display them goes back to the 9th century. In fact, the hinamatsuri as celebrated nowadays, was born in the Edo era. […]
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Everything you need to know about Japanese cherry blossom: sakura

In the Japanese culture, one very important theme is the seasons and the flowers symbolizing the passage of time. Among them, one kind is particularly iconic, capturing the attention of visitors and locals: the cherry blossom, also very well known as sakura. All year round Japanese people long for the sakura season and wait with […]
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Japanese Etiquette: "After You", どうぞ、お先に (Douzo Osaki ni)

Japanese Etiquette & Manners Please go ahead… Going the extra mile to be even more Polite Japanese Etiquette & Manners Travelling abroad forces us to reconsider our manners and to think about the other culture’s rules. For many expatriates in Japan adapting to the local culture is not always an easy change! Behaviors, rules, manners […]
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