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Japanese Hot Pot Dishes

Winter in Japan is getting colder every year. I was able to experience an unexpected heavy snowfall for the first time here in Okayama around this time last year. Eight centimeters of piled-up snow might not be that much compared to other areas but in Okayama it’s a first time in a couple of decades.…

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Basic Japanese : Japanese honorific titles in text

Many of Japanese honorific titles in text are the same as ones in speech. However, “sama” or “dono” is much more often used in text, especially for address. Maybe it’s because a writer is in the distance. In a letter, use the same title as one in speech.…

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Shogi, The General’s Board Game – Shogi Rules and Strategies

This will be the last part of the Shogi series. In case you missed the first posts about shogi, here they are: History and Origin, Shogi Pieces, Board and Gameplay. In this post, we will learn more about the shogi rules and strategies.…

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Basic Japanese : Casual Japanese honorific titles

2015/02/18 | Others , , , , ,

The following titles are commonly used casual Japanese honorific titles and very rarely used titles. Never ever use any of these to higher ranking people or your customers unless you are very close to the person. If you are not so sure which title to use to somebody, the person’s family name with “san” is probably the best choice to an adult or a girl.…

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Shogi, The General’s Board Game – Board and Gameplay

2015/02/17 | Traditional Culture

In our previous posts about shogi, we learned its history and the pieces that make the game. In this post, we will learn more about the moves of each piece.…

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To visit Japan in a typhoon season (Part 2): Intercontinental Osaka

As I wrote in my previous post a little bit, my friend and I stayed “most of the time” in the hotel “Intercontinental Osaka”. In the rest of the time, we went to cafes / restaurants in shopping centres. We also went to “Yodobashi Camera” just beside the JR Osaka station to buy a USB cable for my iPad Air, and it was the only time we needed to use our umbrellas.…

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Valentine’s Day in Japan 2 – Types of Chocolates

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. As we featured in Valentine’s Day in Japan post, Japan has also their way of celebrating this day. As there was a mistranslation in some point in Japan’s Valentine’s Day history, only girls give chocolates to boys during this day.…

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To visit Japan in a typhoon season – Part 1 –

In August of 2014, my friend and I planned to visit an ancient burial mound called “Imashiro-zuka kofun” in Osaka. We booked a hotel called “Intercontinental Osaka” for two nights, where it is accessible directly from the JR Osaka station through a skybridge.…

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Kenkoku Kinen no Hi or National Foundation Day

The National Foundation Day (建国記念の日, Kenkoku Kinen no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on 11th February. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu.…

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Nara Quest : Toshodaiji Temple (唐招提寺)

Toshodaiji Temple Toshodaiji Temple, a world heritage, is the headquarters of the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in 759 when Ganjin Wajo(688 to 763), a high Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty, opened Toritsushodai-ji Temple here to help people learn the Buddhism by Japanese Buddhists studying in China,Ganjin Wajo decided to go to Japan.…

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