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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 in […]
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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 at Coto We are planning the following events in April 2016. Please send your request for participation to [email protected] 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 […]
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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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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 & MannersPlease 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 can […]
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Coto’s events in March 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click herehttps://cotoacademy.com/monthly-events/ Special Cooking Class〜 Nigiri-Sushi 特別料理クラス にぎりずし Tuesday, March 1st  11:00-13:30 in GinzaWould you like to try making Nigiri Sushi? This lesson will be held at a restaurant in Ginza, where a professional sushi chef will teach participants how to make “Nigiri […]
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Seishun 18 Kippu: The perfect train to discover Japan in 2023

Do you have plans for the next spring in Japan? Do you like travelling by train? Staying in Japan for a few months want to explore without going bankrupt? We have just the solution for you! It’s made from paper, it’s very small, green and its name is Seishun 18 Kippu! How the Seishun 18 […]
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Employed as IT engineer in Japan after 6 months

This time we interviewed Fabrice who came to Japan from France with a working holiday visa and got a job at a major IT company in Japan after taking a 6-month course.
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Opening a bank account in Japan: What you need to have and phrases to use

Everything is ready and you are good to go live your dream in Tokyo. And after your arrival…Opening a bank account will be your first challenge in Japan Opening a Japanese Bank Account in Japan The procedures for opening a bank account are known to be one of the most challenging tasks for expats living […]
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Have you ever seen live sumo? The Grand Sumo Tournament

The 40th Grand Sumo Tournament In Coto Japanese Academy every February we have an appointment with Sumo. Come with us and discover the picture of an incredible Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, near the sumida river! We went just as viewers, of course! During the event, we enjoyed the exciting fights between the […]
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