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Autumn Hiking Tour ー Mt. Sekirozan in Kanagawa

Do you all like mountain climbing? Have you ever been hiking in Japan? Every spring and fall, we at Coto Japanese Academy arrange day-trip hiking tours to various mountains in the Kanto region. Ms. Mitsuoka, one of our teachers, served as our guide this time. Mountain climbing is a big hobby of hers, and she […]
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Ikebana Experience in Koishikawa Korakuen

Ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) is very well known as one of the traditions of Japanese culture. Have you ever experienced it? There are many ikebana schools, but among them, the most famous one overseas is the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement. We at Coto Japanese Academy would love for everybody to enjoy Japanese […]
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Counting Numbers in Japanese | Count in Japanese from 1 to 100 Millions

Click Here to join our 30 day challenge to learn Hiragana Contents: Counting from 1 to 10,000 in Japanese Japanese numbers above 100,000 Numbers in Japanese over 100,000,000 Japanese Numbers are fairly simple. It advances on a base ten system, so you’ll be able to use the numbers by learning 1 to 10 and then learning […]
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Translating 頑張る / 頑張って (Ganbaru/Ganbatte) into English

Article written by our contributor Jason Cohen. He has a master's degree in Japanese language and worked in a variety of unique fields as a multi-cultural consultant and as a translator. Jason will explain to us the differences between Japanese and English in his point of view.
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Harvest and BBQ tour – Visiting an Organic farm in Chiba

Harvest and BBQ tour – Visiting an Organic farm in Chiba Growing and selling of organic vegetables as “safe edible vegetables” has lately become very popular in Japan. With the help of Ms. Tsukada at Vegelink who does delivery service of organic vegetables from farmers to private parties , we visited the farm of Mr. […]
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Monja Yakatabune Cruise on Tokyo Bay

Have you seen those boats that look like houseboats floating on the Sumida River or Tokyo Bay? In Japanese they are called “屋形船 yakatabune.” The kanji characters mean a boat that is shaped like a roof, and they are boats with on-board facilities to hold eating and drinking parties. (日本語の記事はアルバムの下をご覧ください) What is “Yakatabune 屋形船” A […]
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Study Japanese in Japan #5 Ajay

In our fifth interview, we asked Mr.Ajay, who came to Japan in January 2014 and took the Coto intensive course for four months, about his improvements in Japanese and how his everyday life has changed.
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Join Local Japanese Festival in Iidabashi!

{Join Local Japanese Festival in Iidabashi!} Summer in Japan means festival time! A street normally filled with the coming and going of cars and people is closed off just for this day and filled with festival stands. Walk around with unique festival foods and enjoy scenes only viewable on festival days. Festivals were originally held […]
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Study Japanese in Tokyo: Coto student profile #2 Nadine

This time we talked to Nadine from Belgium who has worked in Japan for five years, and who is now married and has a seven month old baby with a Japanese man. We asked how she managed her time studying Japanese and how improving her Japanese completely revolutionized her life in Japan.
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Study Japanese in Japan #4 Erika

Erika came to Japan from Peru in 2003 and has since been studying Japanese while working and trying to advance her career. We asked her how her Japanese has developed since she started lessons with Coto (formerly ILS).
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Using Wakarimasen (わかりません) vs Shirimasen (しりません)

  Learning the NuancesPractice & ExamplesGoing Further… Did you know that both “wakarimasen” or “shirimasen” can be used to say “I don’t know” depending on the situation? Take a look at the examples below to find out when to use each phrase! Learning the Nuances “Shirimasen” can be used to simply convey that you don’t […]
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Study Japanese in Tokyo – Coto Student profile #3 Sven

As part of our new series of interviews with students, we talk with Sven from Germany about the difference of studying Japanese in Germany and in Japan.
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