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Japanese summer words: Top 20 most popular words under the sun

Japanese Summer is finally around the corner and despite the heat in this season, there are many things to enjoy. Time for you to boost your conversation with 20 perfect Japanese seasonal words for summer! This time of year, festivals are held continuously which hyped up the summer spirit. What is summer without dressing up in […]
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Common Animal Onomatopoeia used by the Japanese

We like to think some constants are with no doubt universal and shared by everyone. For instance, sounds that animals make. They don’t have change from one country to another. But here you are in Japan, learning that dogs say “wan wan” instead of “woof, woof”. Welcome to the world of Japanese animal onomatopoeia! Animal-related OnomatopoeiaOther […]
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Coto's events in July, 2016: Try a Japanese Sword!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events at Coto Coto events in July are so promising! Lunch Tour, Calligraphy Class, a Special Kyushu Night and… a Japanese Sword Experience! Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka ランチツアー in 神楽坂 Thursday, July 7th 12:30-13:50 It’s the time of the […]
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Special Thanks: Nihongo Plus! 100 Lessons

This summer marks the 16th anniversary of Coto Japanese Academy, from its early foundation as the Iidabashi Language School in 2000. Started by 4 staff in a small apartment, we have grown to a fully staffed school, caring to provide the best services to our students. I am so delighted to be able to celebrate […]
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Japanese Caligraphy: Learn the culture through words

Japanese calligraphy is not only an important part of Japanese culture but also a relaxing and fun way to practice your Kanji! If you are troubled by Kanji studies, why don’t you take a break with some brushes and ink?   Japanese Calligraphy’s History & PhilosophyMore than Holding a Brush and Drawing StrokesTools commonly used […]
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A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get back to us! The Japanese rainy season starts in late spring and ends in early summer – roughly the beginning of June until mid-July in […]
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Japanese Bento (弁当): Much more than just a box of food

You would be very mistaken to think that Japanese bento is merely a quickly prepared meal for busy people. In essence, it is the love of ones who make wrapping for ones who take. Japanese bentos form an integral part of the food culture, which cannot be simply traced from a packed meal.  The word bento […]
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Japanese Conversational Skills: Using Ending Particles "Ne (ね)" and "Yo (よ)"

When studying Japanese, one of the first ending particles you learn is ka (か). This acts as a question mark and turns the whole sentence into a question. It’s one of the many ending particles used in Japanese and is grammatically practical to designate a question. As ending particles in Japanese convey a lot of context […]
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The Art of Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

First, watch our video about Aizuchi above! What is The Art of Aizuchi? “Sou” Variations Expressing “I got it!” Showing Your Surprise! Using Aizuchi Properly What is The Art of Aizuchi? To master conversing in Japanese, you must first learn the Art of Aizuchi: A way to indicate to the speaker that you are actively listening. […]
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Learning Japanese: Knowing the Punctuation used in Japanese Writing

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not even exist before the 19th century. Despite it being widespread during the Meiji Era, it wasn’t until 1946 that the Japanese punctuation we know of today was imposed by the Ministry of […]
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Coto's events in June! Pera Pera Night is back!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events at Coto Coto Japanese Academy events in June are so promising! Perapera Night, Lunch Tour, Calligraphy Class, Kabuki Show & a Special Cooking Class! Perapera Active Learning Night Perapera Active Learning Night Friday, June  3rd Have you heard of the Japanese […]
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Japanese for Love: How to express your feelings

  Having many loan words, Japanese for love sometimes might sound familiar to our ears. That’s why it’s not that difficult to learn these useful words and phrases Love-Love…?Origins of Love-Love (ラブラブ)Other Loan words related to LoveTraditional Japanese words related to Love Love-Love…? – They are so love-love!– What are you saying?!– ラブラブだって!– Ah! You […]
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