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.

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

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Geta

Do you know Geta? Before the Edo period (1603-1868), Japanese people wore traditional wooden clogs known as Geta or Zōri with their yukata or kimono. They are similar to the modern slippers we are familiar with today, except that their structure is slightly different and they are made from different materials.

What are the Different Japanese Household Shrines and Altars?

If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you may have marveled at its numerous shrines and national temples like the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. The Japanese give utmost importance and respect to these shrines for they are considered places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, or the Shinto “gods”. … Read More

Introducing Japan Online Tour

Japan Online Tour

Japan Online Tour Guides You to the Far Corners of Japan in Real-time! Japan Online Tour proudly announces the introduction of live virtual tours that will allow participants to experience traditional and modern Japanese culture from the comfort of their own home. Japan Online Tour ( https://JapanOnlineTour.com )  is pleased to announce the launch of real-time, virtual travel experiences featuring the … Read More

All About Particles ~Live lesson version~

Japanese particles

Konnichiwa! こんばんは! Today’s YT Live lesson topic was “All About Particles ~Live lesson version~”. Particle is one of the most concerned topics amongst Japanese learners. In this lesson, I introduced  several Japanese particles for the beginners. Let’s check out the particles with the example sentences!

Emotional Expression ~mimetic words~

Japanese mimetic words

Konbanwa! こんばんは! Today’s YT Live lesson topic was “Emotional Expressions ~mimetic words”. There are many catchy Japanese mimetic words, and most of them are short repeating words, “doki-doki”, “run-run”, “waku-waku”, etc. In this lesson, I introduced these mimetic words by emotional expressions. Let’s check out the commonly used Japanese emotional mimetic words!

Japanglish Katakana Words

Japanglish Katakana Words

Minasan Konnichiwa! みなさん、こんにちは! Today’s YT Live lesson topic was “Japanglish Katakana Words”. Many Japanese think that the origin of the majority Katakana words are English, but it’s not always true. It could be French, German, Spanish or even just “made up” made-in-Japan Katakana words. So you might be confused when you hear the Japanese speak such Katakana words with confidence. … Read More

Lost in Translation ~ trap of direct translation

lost in translation

Minasan Ohayoo gozaimasu! みなさん、おはようございます! Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Lost in translation”. Directly translated phrases may not work or even provoke others sometimes. So you need to know the right phrases situation-by-situation basis. Let’s check out the common mistakes caused by the direct translation and learn the right expressions!

Asking direction in Japanese

Minasan Ogenki desuka? ここは今日も雨です。koko wa kyoo mo ame desu. Today is rain again here. ☔️ Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Asking direction in Japanese”. Have you ever lost in Japan? If so, how did you manage to survive? In this lesson, I introduced useful phrases asking direction and must-know vocabularies and phrases in order to understand the responses by … Read More