Introducing Japanese Proverbs, Kotowaza vol.1

ishibashii o tataite wataru

Following from the previous “10 Famous Japanese Proverbs”, I’ll continue to introduce 5 Japanese proverbs each time 🙂 This time, I’ll show you these five. All are very popular for us Japanese. 😉

10 Famous Japanese Proverbs

It’s quite likely that you have heard the phrase, “fall down 7 times, get up 8”. But did you know that it originated as a Japanese saying? Nana korobi yaoki (七転び八起き), which translates to “7 falls, 8 rises” is a very well-known kotowaza (ことわざ), or proverb.  Here is our list of 10 more famous Japanese proverbs.

Travel Guide to Kisoji, Nakasendo ~Visiting post towns

magome-juku post town

Have you ever traveled to Nakasendō road or any of the post town stations along the way? There are beautiful, ancient, and picturesque trails in Nakasendo中山道 where you will feel nostalgic, especially in the Kisoji area (Gifu & Nagano). These trekking routes between the post towns are where you can enjoy scenic mountain hikes. In this blog, I visited and … Read More

The Obon Festival in JAPAN

It is this time of the year when Japan suddenly turns tranquil, trains get empty and cemeteries start blooming with flowers. It’s Obon (お盆) — the Japanese summer festival of welcoming back ancestors’ spirits and returning to one’s family roots.

WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT: Tanabata Festival in Japan

Wishes, dreams and hopes- almost every people around the globe share this universal idea that we all have dreams to fulfill. In this sense, Japan has a festival solely for making wishes come true! Let us find out more about this lovely Summer festival.

Top 10 Best Places to See Hydrangea in Japan

ajisai inaka

Every year in June, along with the rainy season, pretty clusters of colorful hydrangea flowers bloom across Japan. The beautiful flowers are called ajisai (あじさい、紫陽花) in Japanese. Some places are even famous for the incredible number and variety of hydrangea flowers. Here are 10 popular hydrangea-viewing spots in Japan!

10 Best Rose Gardens in Japan

nakanoshima rose garden

Do you like rose? Rose in Japanese is バラ 薔薇 bara 🌹If you plan to visit Japan during rose season (May-June or Oct-Nov), please check the below rose viewing spots in Japan in advance!  The Language of Flower: Rose〜バラの花言葉 bara no hanakotoba The language of the rose flower is “Love” and “Beauty”.Especially…The red rose is affection, beauty, passion and passionate … Read More

How To Speak Casual Japanese ~7 slang expressions

When you speak casual English to friends, you don’t use perfect grammar and full sentences like you would when writing a paper, correct? Japanese is the same way. When speaking conversational Japanese, people rarely use the exact words and long phrases that you’d find in a textbook. Here is a 5-minute mini lesson to help you speak Casual Japanese.

10 Fun Things to Do in Japan in May

Kawawatari Kojinsai Festival

May in Japan is packed with a number of festivals – this is in part due to the Golden Week holiday period that happens every year for several days in early May. Then, the rest of the month is filled with good weather, sunshine, flowers, and lots of food and festivities! Here are 10 fun things to do in Japan … Read More