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Yellow September : A Month for Mental Health

Yellow September is an opportunity to highlight and heighten mental health awareness. Every year, September 10 is marked as World Suicide Day. However, the entire month is a reminder that mental health concerns everyone, including those living abroad. Whether it’s missing good times with friends or craving nothing but family recipes, living abroad can be […]
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Irasutoya: Japan’s Art Phenomenon

         If you’ve interacted with Japanese media at all, then you are sure to have come across something cute! From famous Sanrio characters (like Hello Kitty) to company logos, you can find cuteness just about anywhere; this is because Japan often uses this concept in many different areas, such as marketing, fashion, and… clip art? […]
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Mastering Business Negotiations: Essential Japanese Negotiation Phrases for Successful Deals

Effective communication is at the heart of successful negotiations. This especially holds true when conducting Japanese negotiation, where both cultural and linguistic nuances play a vital role in building relationships and reaching mutually beneficial agreements.  Whether you are a professional or someone that is just starting your career,mastering the right phrases in Japanese negotiation can […]
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Karaoke in Japan : A Guide to Help You Sing Your Heart Out

When you come to Japan, visiting a karaoke box is an absolute must. After all, the word karaoke (カラオケ) originated in Japan. As opposed to the type of karaoke where you perform in front of lots of strangers, in Japan, you can rent a private room for your party or entirely for yourself. In this […]
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Step-up Your Japanese Conversation Practice with Coto Academy!

Some of you might have been learning Japanese from textbooks for hours yet still have low self-esteem when actually speaking it. Let’s be real here: it is sometimes hard to have Japanese conversation practice when you don’t have anyone to speak to that is fluent enough or, not to mention, a native.  But fret not! […]
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Elevate Your IT Career in Japan with Coto Work

Introduction In an era where technology is reshaping economies, Japan’s IT industry presents a wealth of opportunities for software engineers around the world. But how do you navigate this competitive landscape as a foreign professional who’s interested in starting their IT career in Japan? Enter Coto Work, the recruitment arm of Coto Academy. With a […]
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Best Time to Visit Japan: Where to go, and What to do?

It’s almost impossible to grasp what Japan is in a single trip. Here, in the land of the rising sun, each season offers unique aspects that can not be found elsewhere and at other times. On the quest of finding the best time to visit Japan, we will give you an overview of each seasons […]
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10 Do’s and Don’ts of Gift Giving Etiquette in the Japanese Workplace

Gift-giving in Japanese Culture is an inseparable part of the long lived culture, as it have deeply rooted in traditions and societal norms. It represents gratitude and respect and serves as a means of nurturing positive relationships. Within the Japanese workplace, the concept of “お土産 (omiyage)” takes center stage, and understanding the nuances of gift-giving […]
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Shibuya Japanese Course: The class for Total Beginners

New Location, New Courses. It’s not uncommon for students of the Japanese language to spend months with textbooks, only to realize the significant differences between what they’ve learned and real-life Japanese. It would be so much better if there was a short class focusing on practical Japanese Well, there wasn’t, but there is now! Official […]
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Learning Japanese effectively while having fun

Let’s face it: Learning Japanese isn’t always fun. You have to learn long conjugations, go through repetitive flashcards, and do tedious practice readings. At times, you might find yourself staring at your textbook with no will to study at all! We’ve all been there at one point or another during our Japanese language journey. But, […]
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Japanese for busy people: Nothing can stop you

A busy work schedule can definitely come between you and your Japanese learning. But it’s over. These classes of us are designed to teach Japanese for busy people. You will fit right in! We’ve got you covered. At Coto Academy, we have many courses available that allow you to improve your Japanese language ability while […]
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10 Things to do During Summer in Japan

We have officially entered August, the hottest month in Japan, and whether you’re looking to escape the heat or soak up more sunshine, we have just the list of activities to make your summer in Japan unforgettable. Table of Contents 1. Visit Kanagawa’s island getaway, Enoshima With summer in Japan being as hot as it […]
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