Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan

There are many different ways to say I in Japanese, each with their own unique nuances. While explaining the intricacies of the different nuances of watashi, boku, and ore, I would like to recount some of my experiences with this from my seven years of experience living in Japan. The type of “I” you useContinue reading “Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan”

Is it Easy to Make Friends in Japan? My Experience

I have lived in Japan since January of 2015, and I have found it both extremely fun, and at times difficult to work my head around the process of making friends in Japan. There are many factors to consider including Japanese culture specific culture such as honne and tatemae, as well as a cultural differenceContinue reading “Is it Easy to Make Friends in Japan? My Experience”

A Kanji Guide to all Major Japanese Capital City Names (With Character Meaning Explanations)

I have created a guide on how to write Japanese city names in kanji, and have also provided some cultural and historical context behind the kanji that are used. I noticed many people are wondering how to write Tokyo in Kanji, or perhaps how to write Osaka in kanji. I want to provide people withContinue reading “A Kanji Guide to all Major Japanese Capital City Names (With Character Meaning Explanations)”

Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker

I can confirm as a Japanese speaker that the differences seen in frequency of vocabulary, as well as unique words that don’t translate across multiple languages are enough by themselves to significantly alter one’s way of thinking when speaking another language. That being said, in my experience, this change is mostly limited to when youContinue reading “Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker”

How Often Do People in Japan Actually Eat Sushi? About Some of Japan’s Unspoken Dining Rules

People in Japan probably don’t eat sushi as often as you think. Sushi is typically consumed on special occasions and is considered more of a ‘communal dish’. There are many social aspects why people don’t have sushi in Japan as often as you would expect, which I will go over in this article. When andContinue reading “How Often Do People in Japan Actually Eat Sushi? About Some of Japan’s Unspoken Dining Rules”

5 Japanese Movies I Actually Used to Learn Japanese

Immersing yourself completely in a language is essential to improving listening comprehension. While living in Japan for 7 years, I have seen a ton of Japanese movies, but these are the one’s that I would recommend personally to language learners. Before the feature presentation… Do you know what dagashi are? Dagashi are Japanese snacks thatContinue reading “5 Japanese Movies I Actually Used to Learn Japanese”

Are Sumo Wrestlers…Healthy? All About The Sumo Diet And Lifestyle

Sumo wrestler’s diet and unique training techniques lead to a healthier distribution of body fat, as well as a comparative lack visceral fat that allows them to build size while maintaining their health.  What do Sumo wrestlers eat?  Sumo wrestlers traditionally eat two massive meals throughout the day. Their primary meal is Chanko-nabe, which isContinue reading “Are Sumo Wrestlers…Healthy? All About The Sumo Diet And Lifestyle”

What’s It Like Studying at a Japanese University? My Experience

Why I entered a Japanese University I had originally moved to Japan in early 2015 to study Japanese at a Japanese language school. While at language school, I saw the ferocity at which other students were studying to for the ‘Nihon Riyuugaku shiken” or(EJU). This environment really inspired me to go ‘absolutely ham’ studying Japanese,Continue reading “What’s It Like Studying at a Japanese University? My Experience”

What people REALLY Do On Japanese New Year’s

Japanese families traditionally gather to eat seasonal-appropriate foods such as Osechi ryori, and participlate in Hatsumōde (初詣, hatsumōde) which is the first Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year. In Japan, New Year’s is an important holiday to spend with family. But I know the truth…I know what everybody really caresContinue reading “What people REALLY Do On Japanese New Year’s”

Can Japanese Speakers Understand Any Chinese?

Due to the logographic nature of the Japanese alphabets and their historical origins from China, Japanese people can make out the meaning of written Chinese text to a certain extent, however, spoken Chinese is virtually incomprehensible to Japanese speakers. Can Japanese speakers understand spoken Chinese? While Japanese has imported some vocabulary from Chinese, the wayContinue reading “Can Japanese Speakers Understand Any Chinese?”