Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Nov 27, 2018 By Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794) and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, which are often stacked for larger families or parties. ...[ Click to read more ]

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Apps for Learning and Using Japanese

Oct 29, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Living in Japan means having to some extent assimilating to one of the most complex language systems mankind has devised, or at least that’s how it feels. The spoken language is a mixture of original Japanese words mixed with ancient and modern Chinese, English, Spanish, and Portuguese loanwords that are used...[ Click to read more ]

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Japanese Classes in Kobe

May 29, 2018 By Justin Hanus

If you've recently moved to Japan, you might be thinking about learning the language to help you communicate with the locals and understand the culture. Of course, there are plenty of online courses and 'learn Japanese' book/CD packages but there's nothing like a bit of face-to-face learning in a local...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese Language Schools in Nagoya

Apr 12, 2017 By Ray Proper

Studying Japanese is an excellent way to make your time in Japan more valuable and fun, in addition to improving your ability to interact and understand your Japanese co-workers.  From private lessons or part time courses, to full time options there are plenty of opportunities to dive into learning Japanese. ...[ Click to read more ]

The Best iPhone Apps for Living in Japan

Jul 05, 2016 By Ray Proper

Living in Japan can be difficult, but the internet has many resources to make things a bit easier. An iPhone or other smart phone can put those resources at your fingertips wherever you find yourself in Japan through a wide variety of standard or easily downloadable applications. Google maps, for...[ Click to read more ]

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The Best Android Apps for Life in Japan!

By Ray Proper

These ARE the droids you are looking for... Let’s face it, it’s an iPhone world, but Droids need love too!   Here are a few Android apps to get you through life in Japan and prove that you have all the same perks, and more, as those Apple fanboys.   Garbage...[ Click to read more ]

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Survival Japanese Phrases

Mar 06, 2016 By Ray Proper

You have come all this way, why not learn the local language?  Here are a few basic phrases to get your started! The Basics Good morning – OHAYOU GOZAIMASU - おはようございます Good afternoon - KONNICHIWA - こんにちは Good evening – KONNBANWA- こんばんは More General Phrases How are you? – O...[ Click to read more ]

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Learning Japanese in Tokyo

Jun 11, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

  One of the biggest challenges of integrating with Japanese society is the language barrier. The obvious recourse to this is to get practicing, but working in a predominantly English-speaking environment, that’s easier said than done. As such, Japanese lessons are highly advisable for getting the full value of your...[ Click to read more ]

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Gyudon at Yoshinoya – Beef Bowls for Everybody!

Sep 02, 2014 By Ray Proper

“Gyudon,” a (beef bowl) belongs in the Japanese category of a donburi, or bowl dish. It is made with beef and onion ladled over a bowl of rice. The beef and onion are prepared with soy sauce, mirin, sugar and sake. This actually tells you very little about the flavor,...[ Click to read more ]

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Sending a Letter in Japan and Japanese Addresses

Jun 23, 2014 By Ray Proper

Though it rarely comes up with the prevalence of email now-a-days, you sometimes need to mail a letter. This is what you need to know if you want to do it in Japan. A standard letter costs  82 yen to mail. You can buy stamps at the post office or convenience...[ Click to read more ]

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