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厚切りジェイソン (Why Japanese People) – Dominating The Japanese Comedy Scene

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It’s always impressive when a foreigner makes it onto the Japanese entertainment scene, especially the comedy circuit. 厚切りジェイソン, or “Thickly-Sliced” Jason, has been making waves on Japanese TV over the past few months. Jason, an American, learned Japanese just like all of you did, and came to Japan in 2011 to work in the IT industry. He fell in love with Japanese comedy many years … Continue reading

4 Movies Where The Main Characters Just Can’t Escape Trouble

4 Movies Where The Main Characters Just Cant Escape Trouble

4. クワイエットルームにようこそ (Welcome To The Quiet Room) Japanese Level: ☆☆ Divorced freelance writer Sakura wakes up one day to find herself in a completely white room, with her arms and legs completely tied up, unable to move and completely disoriented. She has found herself in a closed psychiatric ward known as “The Quiet Room.” In this ward there are some patients with really bad problems. … Continue reading

How Long Should You Listen To The Same Material?

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Creating your immersion ipod is creating your Japanese soundtrack to success. For the most part, it is a fairly straightforward task. Put the audio from all the Japanese material you are enjoying, and listen to it over and over again. You start off with a little, but slowly increase its magnitude. But what happens when your immersion grows into the hundreds? What about thousands? More … Continue reading

The Real Story Behind The Forgotten Hiragana

The Real Story Behind The Forgotten Hiragana

When first learning hiragana, many people come across the two symbols, ゐ andゑ. You are told that they were once used is ancient Japanese, and that they were pronounced “wi” and “we” respectively, but not much else. This always puzzled me, since the katakana for “wi” and “we” that are used today (ウィ and ウェ) appear to be relatively new creations, used solely for importing … Continue reading

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – March 2015

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – March 2015

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in March 2015. The purpose of this series is to discuss and exchange the newest j-dramas, movies, variety shows, books, manga, anime, music, media, video games, etc. It’s time to share what everyone is excited about and experiencing right now. So I ask you: 1. What are you watching? 2. What are you reading? 3. What … Continue reading


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Jalup Expert – The Path To Fluency (Pre-Order Stage 4)

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With the Jalup Beginner, I set out to tackle all the things I didn’t like about beginner textbooks, cut out the unnecessary filler, and provide a self-building, intuition-forming guide to get you ready for J-J, native media, and fun. With Jalup Intermediate, using only the words and grammar found in Jalup Beginner, I tried to take you as smoothly as possible into J-J. While the … Continue reading

Enjoy The Small Breakthrough Moments

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Small things can be powerful. For example, take a look at language. The study of sounds, both spoken and written. That doesn’t seem special until we consider that those sounds also carry meaning, which grants them a power beyond a simple noise. Language as a Journey Like many difficult tasks, the study of language is often compared to a journey. Everyone naturally understands what a … Continue reading