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  • Sumo Tournaments: your ticket guide to Japan’s national sport

    相撲 (sumou)  is a sport unique to Japan with a long history, beginning in the Heian period from 794 to 1192. The sport was created as entertainment for the imperial family. Sumo then persisted until it became the national sport of Jap... read more

  • Japanese Counters

    Did you know that Japanese speakers change the way they count based on what they're counting? You may already know how to count in Japanese, but there's more to it than "ichi, ni, san". Th... read more

  • Japanese Flower Seasons

    Japan is not only famous for its futuristic cities but also its natural beauty. Every year, hundreds of Flower Festivals are held throughout the country. The most celebrated flower is the Cherry "Sakura" Flower. However, that only takes... read more

  • Most Common Non-English Loanwords in Japanese

    As a Japanese learner, have you wondered why "Bread" is called "パン Pan" but not "Bureddo" and Part-time jobs are called "アルバイト Arubaito" and not "Pātotaimujobu"? The apparent reason is that these words actually originated from other Euro... read more

  • A Simple Guide to Drink Sizes in Japan

    If you are at a coffee shop and would like to get a medium sized latte, how do you ask? Japan has a sizing system specific to fo... read more

  • How to Write a Business Email in Japanese

    Being able to hold a conversation in Japanese on the phone takes many years of practicing. However, as an expat in Japan, the easiest way to communicate with Japanese friends, colleagues, or your landlord is through emails. Japan has many custo... read more

  • Transport Tips – Money saving ideas for getting around Tokyo

    Is it your first time visiting Tokyo? Then you probably have questions about how to get around. Over the course of your stay travel costs can add up, especially if you mean to see all Tokyo has to offer. So what's the most cost-... read more

  • A Simple Guide to Nomikai

    Working in Japan can sometimes be stressful especially if the company is mandated by traditional Japanese office rules and hierarchy. However, ... read more

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