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JLPT Special Course Package at Coto Yokohama

Join our special JLPT N3, N2 and N1 prep course at Coto Yokohama to prepare for the 2023 test!
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How NOT to Learn Japanese: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Learning Japanese

Learning a new language is always hard. From memorizing vocabulary and new alphabets to studying different grammar structures, it’s like a long and difficult journey where there are so many struggles and challenges that we all have to face and have to figure out the best approach to tackle the obstacles by ourselves.  It’s perfectly […]
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How to Text in Japanese: 13 Japanese Internet Slang and Texting Terms

Like lol and jk, Japanese people have their own version of Japanese internet slang and texting ligo — also known as ネットスラング (netto surangu). Have you ever tried using social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter in Japanese? Things are going fairly well! That is until you reach that one word. You’ve never […]
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Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji for Foreigners: When and How to Do It

In Japan, there is a saying about Mount Fuji that goes, “If one does not climb Mt. Fuji at least once then they are a fool, but if they climb it twice they are also a fool.”  一度も登らぬ馬鹿に、二度登る馬鹿 Ichi-do mo noboranu baka ni, nido noboru baka  Climbing Mt. Fuji, otherwise known as Fuji-san (富士山) in Japanese, […]
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Intensive Japanese Course Calendar for 2023-2024

The calendar for intensive Japanese courses are now up. Stay updated and plan your Japanese learning journey with us!
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How to Become an English Teacher in Japan: Requirements, Qualifications, and Tips

If you've ever dreamed of living and working abroad in Japan, teaching English in Japan as a foreign language instructor may just be the adventure of a lifetime.
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ポイントカードはおもちですか? Guide to Point Cards in Japan

Your guide to how to respond to ポイントカードはよろしいですか (pointo kaado wa yoroshii desuu ka), and why you might want to get a one (or two) point cards in Japan.
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How to Buy Prepaid IC Cards in Japan: PASMO, Suica, Icoca

From Suica, Pasmo to Icoca, IC cards in Japan is a convenient way to travel — and purchase items — in Japan.
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Ultimate Guide to Japanese Sake (お酒): History, Types, Brewing Process

In this guide we will cover everything from what Japanese sake is, its history, how it's made, the different types, how to drink it, all the way to breweries you ought to visit. 
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Noun Town Review: Should You Learn Japanese in VR?

What if we tell you that there’s a way to make studying more fun and (literally) immersive? We all have those days where studying seems like a grueling task, and we’d rather do just about anything else than sit down and focus on our Japanese. Enter Noun Town. Noun Town is a new virtual reality […]
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WaniKani Review: The Pros and Cons

Out of many Japanese learning resources, you’ve probably heard of WaniKani before. It’s a website that uses mnemonics and an SRS system — specifically, to teach kanji. As one of the most dreaded Japanese language elements, kanji demands serious study hours and, most of the time, quality resources. If you’re serious about learning Japanese, you […]
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Guide to Vegan Shopping and Plant-based Food in Japan

If your desire is to eat plant-based at home, there are non-fancy ingredients in regular supermarkets that can go a long way. 
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