Japanese Quest: The Legend of You

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Start your Japanese adventure: Wander the land. Navigate the language. Explore the culture. Befriend the people. This is your guide to a vast and unfamiliar world. This is your quest. Make it a memorable one.

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10 Unique Ways To Answer What Is Your Favorite Color

10 Unique Ways To Answer What Is Your Favorite Color

Ever get asked by a Japanese person “what is your favorite color?” Colors? Thrilling conversation at its finest. You aren’t thinking about answering that life-changing question with a 赤 (red) or 青 (blue), are you? It’s time to dip into the ultra rare colors. The ones that will leave your head in a permanent tilt of “what the…” 10. 長春色 (ちょうしゅんいろ): long spring 9. 江戸茶 … Continue reading

Kana Conqueror

Kana Conqueror

Hiragana. Katakana. The major basics of basics. If you want to study Japanese, there is no doubt that you have to learn kana. It’s the beginning. We all have to start somewhere. And you want that start to be as meaningful as possible. Luckily, kana isn’t considered to be too overwhelming. Most people seem to say that they learn kana in anywhere from several days to … Continue reading

The 4 Kings Of Shonen Anime

The 4 Kings Of Shonen Anime

You have a world of choice these days when it comes to Shonen anime (少年アニメ・少年漫画). However, there are 4 anime which you can’t avoid. Their names are everywhere, and they feel like they have been around forever. They helped change the genre, have sold ridiculous amounts worldwide, and have been at the top of Japanese anime for a long time. They can be intimidating to … Continue reading

The Mr. Miyagi Method to Mastering Japanese

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You probably know Mr. Miyagi, the old man from Okinawa who teaches Daniel LaRusso how to protect himself against bullies in The Karate Kid. You may also know how he taught him karate indirectly, by first having Daniel wax his cars and paint his fences. But what if the movie was different—what if, instead of having to learn karate, Daniel had just moved to Japan … Continue reading

7 Easy Ways To Make Your Japanese Sound Extremely Cute

7 Phrases To Make Your Japanese Sound Extremely Cute

Sometimes you want to be cute. Talk in a way that grabs the heart of others. Japanese has some convenient sentence-enders, and by merely uttering them, you will sound cute. That simple. And who wouldn’t want that? Time to get cute. 7. When slightly embarrassed, and trying to cover up for some mistake you just said, end with てへっ。 6. When you want to strengthen … Continue reading

Japanese Creative Captions #2: Google Monster

Creative Captions 2 - Google Monster

You want to practice writing, but don’t know what to write. You know what to write, but don’t have the vocabulary. You have the vocabulary, but don’t have the motivation or place to do it. Enter Japanese Creative Captions 1. I show you a funny, strange or comment worthy Japan-related picture. 2. I provide you a short list of relevant vocabulary you might want to … Continue reading

Shirt + Pants = Love

Shirt + Pants = Love

There are some formulas (公式) that will go down in history as important. A2 + B2 = C2 三平方の定理 ピタゴラスの定理 E=MC2 特殊相対性理論 But let’s not forgot Japan’s new contender. シャツ(Shirt) +パンツ(Pants)=Love What does this mean? C’mon it’s obvious. It’s the formula for a キレカジ大人. What is キレカジ (kirekaji)? 切れる舵大人 = cutting oar adult? 綺麗火事大人 = pretty fire adult? Almost there. 綺麗カジュアル大人: Pretty (beautiful) casual adult And … Continue reading