Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.

The short answer: Is Japanese a useful language to learn? Yes! Yes, yes, and a resounding… yes. If you are planning on moving to Japan, please do yourself and the good people of Japan a favor and learn Japanese. It will absolutely be worth it! Let’s go over all of the reasons why. But…I’ve heardContinue reading “Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.”

Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle

There are many articles about the broader reasons people enjoy living in Japan, but I feel that the topic is a little overdone. Rather than going on about how amazing the food is, or how easy it is to travel domestically, I thought I could introduce some of the little things that I really appreciateContinue reading “Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle”

Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.”

Is Osaka dangerous? Osaka locals and Tokyo natives love to give their opinions on this one all the time. Osaka was the first place I ever lived in Japan. Over 5 years I lived in the 3 different areas, 2 of which were pretty seedy areas in Osaka, with 1 being a safe suburb inContinue reading “Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.””

Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan

It surprised me when I first moved to Osaka, Japan in 2015 just how popular jazz and blues music is in Japan. One of the things that surprised me about Japan was just how big the Jazz and blues underground music scene is in Japan’s big cities. In particular, as somehow who grew up asContinue reading “Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan”

Why Japanese Doesn’t Use Spaces Between Words.

As somebody who has studied Japanese for over 8 years and has spent considerable time sleuthing through language-learning forums, I have seen this question crop up a lot. Usually posted in a sense of desperation. It isn’t the simple question of “Why doesn’t Japanese have spaces? Please inform me.” It’s more often than not aContinue reading “Why Japanese Doesn’t Use Spaces Between Words.”

Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade

This is a tough one. I think there’s a bit of a cultural difference between the Western and Japanese concept of “happiness.” While covering some of my own experiences I would like to cover some key concepts unique to the Japanese language and culture, and why this answer isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem.Continue reading “Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade”

Why Japanese Food Isn’t THAT Healthy, but the Japanese Lifestyle Is; My Experience

Japan currently has the highest life expectancy in the world. Every time I plan out a new article on this site, I do a search analysis to see what people are searching around the world about Japan everyday. Overwhelmingly, the question that appears at the top of almost every auto fill result and SEO pageContinue reading “Why Japanese Food Isn’t THAT Healthy, but the Japanese Lifestyle Is; My Experience”

The Best Google Chrome Extensions For Learning Japanese: My Recommendations

I’ve studied Japanese both in and outside Japan (mostly inside Japan) for the past 8 years. The best advice I can give from my experience studying Japanese, is that whether you are living in Japan or not, you can only learn Japanese by learning how to be self-reliant. That means giving yourself all of theContinue reading “The Best Google Chrome Extensions For Learning Japanese: My Recommendations”

Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience

You’ll hear a lot of conflicting answers for this, depending on who you ask. I would say that, especially in Tokyo, it is entirely possible to survive in Japan without Japanese, but…just because it’s possible, that doesn’t mean life in Japan without Japanese ability is very practical or fun. Let’s get into it! So, canContinue reading “Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience”

Studying at Japanese University: One Strange Experience I Had

A bit about what I will cover in this article After going over my experience studying in a Japanese university “zemi” course, I will go over some…strange things I noticed on a class field trip, including…bath time communication. Yeah…you read that right. Let’s get started! A bit about my background and University Zemi’s in JapanContinue reading “Studying at Japanese University: One Strange Experience I Had”