Studying At a Japanese Language School; My Experience

In my experience, attending a Japanese language schools provided me with the perfect environment to immerse myself in a strict ‘Japanese only’ environment. The intensity and long study-hours, as well as the fact that you are studying in a group, helps to keep language learners accountable in their goals, and helped me personally kick-off myContinue reading “Studying At a Japanese Language School; My Experience”

Is Ramen Chinese or Japanese? A Historic Overview and Guide

Although the dish can be traced back to China, “shina soba” is thought to have been brought to Japan sometime in the 18th or 19th century. Eventually, through many evolutions of the dish, “shina soba” would come to be known as “ramen.”, and would eventually be accepted as a staple Japanese dish. The word ramenContinue reading “Is Ramen Chinese or Japanese? A Historic Overview and Guide”

What Do People Do For Fun in Japan? The Concept of “Nijikai”

In a 2019 study by Statistica, when questioned about their hobbies, 54 million Japanese participants responded that in their free time they enjoy domestic travel. 43.5 million participants responded that they enjoy eating out at unique restaurants. This was not a surprising answer for me, as it not only reflects the infrastructure of Japan asContinue reading “What Do People Do For Fun in Japan? The Concept of “Nijikai””

Kirikaeru, The Switch, And Identity Within The Context Of Japan.

Behold, the first word of many I will introduce on this site that carries a lot of cultural weight in Japan; Kirikaeru, Which can be directly translated to “To switch on or off”. This “switch” isn’t a mere linguistic nuance. It is an unspoken truth of Japanese social dynamics. There is this expectation to alignContinue reading “Kirikaeru, The Switch, And Identity Within The Context Of Japan.”

Can Americans Travel To Japan? An Outline of the Current Covid-19 Situation

I remember when my parents were scheduled to arrive in Tokyo Haneda Airport in early October of last year. There WAS a time when, at the first signs of the pandemic, the idea of being able to travel again within a year didn’t seem like nearly as far-fetched of an idea. Oh, how jaded IContinue reading “Can Americans Travel To Japan? An Outline of the Current Covid-19 Situation”

Which Japanese Textbook Should You Use?

As someone who has studied Japanese for over 8 years, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I’ve gone through around 30 textbooks. While finding intermediate level textbooks is comparatively easy, useful beginner and advanced level textbooks, in my experience, were a bit of a hit and miss situation. Let me give you my recommendationContinue reading “Which Japanese Textbook Should You Use?”

Kirikaeru, the switch, and identity within the context of Japan.

Behold, the first word of many i will introduce on this site that carries a lot of cultural weight in Japan; Kirikaeru, Which can be directly translated to “To switch on or off”. This “switch” isn’t a mere linguistic nuance. It is an unspoken truth of Japanese social dynamics. There is this expectation to alignContinue reading “Kirikaeru, the switch, and identity within the context of Japan.”