How to Teach Yourself Japanese; My Experience

One of the key techniques to teaching yourself Japanese is to record everything. By recording your own progress in learning Japanese you will be able to give yourself the appropriate context regarding own journey and will be able to formulate a plan on how you may progress forward teaching yourself Japanese. Which Japanese Textbook shouldContinue reading “How to Teach Yourself Japanese; My Experience”

Some Interesting Japanese Culture in Nintendo Games

Nintendo has a long history as a traditional Kyoto company that originally manufactured hanafuda cards. Nintendo has a long history of dabbling in different cultural arena’s that have now become staples of Japan. In this post, I will go over some of the interesting Japanese culture I have noticed in Nintendo games as a bilingualContinue reading “Some Interesting Japanese Culture in Nintendo Games”

Should you Move to Japan? My Advice and Experience

Living in Japan as a Japanese native and as a foreigner are two very different experiences. A great example of this; in Japan people tend to be more indirect and shy, which means that as a foreigner in order to succeed, you are almost required to take charge. Many different contradictions such as this exists.Continue reading “Should you Move to Japan? My Advice and Experience”

What to Do the Night You Arrive In Tokyo; My Experience

Since moving to Japan seven years ago I’ve shown around 10 friends around Tokyo (before I even moved to Tokyo) across 3 different trips. Based on my experience as an impromptu tour guide and long-term Japan expat, please allow me to create your itinerary for what you should do your first night in Tokyo AContinue reading “What to Do the Night You Arrive In Tokyo; 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)”

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”

Why Are There So Many Japanese People Living In Brazil? A Historical Overview

Japanese mass immigration to Brazil began on June 18, 1908 when the steamship Kasato-maru brought the first group of Japanese immigrants to work in coffee plantations of the São Paulo state. This is the result of a treaty between Japan and Brazil meant to bolster Brazil’s agricultural industry. Here’s why… Which country outside of JapanContinue reading “Why Are There So Many Japanese People Living In Brazil? A Historical Overview”

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”