My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?

I’ve personally wasted a lot of time on inefficient Japanese study habits over the years, in particular before I moved to Japan. I believe that the best way to learn Japanese effectively outside of Japan, in my experience, is to provide yourself with an environment of ‘active immersion.’ So, how can you do this? InContinue reading “My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?”

Why Are There Still Arcades in Japan? My Experience

Japan’s living conditions being what they are, small homes and paper-thin walls are not uncommon. Because of how Japan’s infrastructure gradually shifted to accommodate a more population-dense society, many facets of Japanese life are designed to be enjoyed primarily outside of the home. This includes arcades! The reason why there are still arcades in Japan?Continue reading “Why Are There Still Arcades in Japan? My Experience”

What’s it Like Dating in Japan? My Experience

Dating is an interesting topic, because it may be one of the biggest differences I have noticed culturally. There are a few main concepts that are crucial for your ability to understand the timing of things here; tatemae, as well as kokuhaku. I learned these things through trial and error while living in Japan. TheContinue reading “What’s it Like Dating in Japan? My Experience”

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”

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”

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”

Do People in Japan Drink Coffee? All About the ‘Third Wave’

In 2019, over 7.5 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed in Japan. Japan is one of the biggest coffee-consuming nations in the world, despite the fact that the amount of home-consumption barely creeps into the global top 50 rankings. Why people drink coffee in Japan, and the reason why canned coffee is soContinue reading “Do People in Japan Drink Coffee? All About the ‘Third Wave’”

Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide

While there are 3 major alphabets in Japanese, Hiragana is the most standard and widely used alphabet that binds the grammar of Japanese together. If you are just starting to learn Japanese characters and are wondering where to begin, you should learn Hiragana first. How to get started learning Hiragana The first thing I wouldContinue reading “Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide”

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”