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5 Ways to Get to Know Mountain Day (山の日) 2022 in Tokyo

Created as a day to honor and give thanks to the blessings of the mountains, Mountain Day (Yama no Hi) was officially announced in 2014. Here's what the holiday is about, and how you can celebrate it in Tokyo.
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Marine Day (海の日): How and Why Japan Pay Homage to the Oceans

Japan is the only nation to have a public holiday dedicated to the oceans. So, why is Marine Day important and how can we all celebrate it together?
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How to Apply for the JLPT Online! 2023 JLPT Test Dates and Registration

The next JLPT will be held on December 2022. Ready to apply? Here's a guide on how to reguster for the JLPT online.
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What Does "Oishii" Mean in Japanese? 美味しい, おいしい in Japanese

Have you ever heard the word “oishii!” in Japanese?  It’s a common adjective found in Japanese media, like anime, comics, TV, as well as in everyday life in Japan.“Oishii” is an easy-to-use Japanese word. In other words, once you understand the meaning and how it’s used – you will be able to immediately add it […]
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Sushi in Japan – Sushi Names and Ordering Sushi in Japanese!

Sushi is a landmark food in Japan and Japanese culture. For centuries, the people of Japan have eaten raw fish in various forms. Today, sushi is a popular Japanese dish around the world! In this article, we will look at some different types of sushi – and how to say them in Japanese! 5 Types […]
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How to navigate Japanese train platforms – Illustrated Guide

Waiting at a Japanese train platform can be tricky. There are many signs on the floor and it can be overwhelming to try to understand. When traveling in Japan – understanding the difference between where to stand can mean the difference between missing your train or not.  So, In this blog – we will show […]
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How to play Rock Paper Scissors in Japanese – じゃんけん (Janken) – Handy Illustrated Guide

Japanese Rock Paper Scissors In Japan, “rock paper scissors” is referred to as “じゃんけん”(Janken).Although it is called different names in different places, the rules of the game are the generally same in every country.In Japan – Rock, Paper, Scissors – or Janken is used to settle disagreements, select participants, and determine the order in which […]
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Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日): More Than Just a Change of Seasons

Far from being a new practice, the foundations of Autumnal Equinox Day were actually laid out centuries ago. But, many moons later, are the origins of this holiday still relevant today?
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What do Itadakimasu (いただきます) and Gochisousamadesu (ごちそうさまです) Mean?

IntroductionItadakimasu (いただきます)Gochisousamadesu (ごちそうさまです) Eating in Japan: Using Itadakimasu and Gochisousamadesu Ever wondered about the meaning of the most important Japanese expressions for meal? Clapping hands together. “Itadakimasu!” This is an aspect of the Japanese culture which is well-known and loved by many. Simply ask any of our students for the reason of coming to Japan, […]
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