Japan’s Coming of Age Day (2023 version)

Every January in Japan, the nation celebrates an age-old tradition: Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi). This special National holiday marks a milestone for individuals who have officially reached adulthood at 20 years old – and with recent changes to the law that will lower the legal adulting age to 18 in April 2022, even more people can … Read More

#5 つるのおんがえし Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Tsuru no Ongaeshi

learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Tsuru no Ongaeshi つるの おんがえし The Grateful Crane, a very famous Japanese Fable. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video つるのおんがえし(鶴の恩返し) Story Outline 鶴の恩返し One day, the grandfather saves a crane that was caught in a hunter’s trap. On the evening of the … Read More

#4 こぶとりじいさん Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Kobutori Jiisan

Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Kobutori Jiisan こぶとりじいさん The Old Man with a Lump, a very famous Japanese Fable. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video こぶとりじいさん Story Outline こぶとり爺さん Once upon a time, there were two old men with big bumps on their cheeks. The old man … Read More

#3 因幡の白兎 Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Inaba no shiro usagi

Inaba no shirousagi Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Inaba no shiro usagi 因幡の白兎 Hare of Inaba, one of the stories of Japanese Myth. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video  いなばの しろうさぎ Story Outline 因幡の白兎 A rabbit from Izumo mythology. In order to get from Okishima to Inaba, he crossed the … Read More

#2 北風と太陽 Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Kitakaze to Taiyo

Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Kitakaze to Taiyo 北風と太陽 The North Wind and the Sun, a very famous Aesop’s Fables. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video きたかぜ と たいよう Story Outline 北風と太陽 One day, the North Wind and the Sun decide to have a contest of strength. … Read More

Learn Japanese with a Short Story #1 ~Kasajizo かさじぞう

Learn Japanese with a short story 1

Do you know any Japanese folktales? You might heard some of the famous ones like Momotaro and Kintaro. I have started a new Japanese lesson section, Learn Japanese with short stories. I’m planning to make it a series, so please keep in touch with us! Today’s short story is one of Japanese folktales, Kasa Jizō. This is another famous folktale … Read More

Your Guide to the Japan Rail Pass【Latest Edition 2022-2023】

guide to JR Pass 2022 - 2023

If you’re visiting Japan for sight-seeing and plan on frequently using the public transportation system to get around, then the JR Pass is a great deal! The vast majority of trains in Japan are owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR) Group, and after purchasing a JR pass, you can ride all JR trains and even the Shinkansen! Read … Read More

Secrets of a Japanese Ninja Warrior

Secret of Ninja

If there was one group of warriors that produced more myth and exaggeration and shrouded in so much mystery, it would be the ninja. The word ninja(忍者, or its alternative name shinobi, appears throughout historical accounts in the context of secret intelligence gathering or stealthy assassinations carried out by martial-arts experts.

15 Hilariously Literal Japanese Words

There are a surprising number of Japanese words that are incredibly literal. The Japanese word “tebukuro” (手袋) is made up of the characters “Te” (Hand) and “Bukuro” (bag) = “hand bag”. It’s the Japanese word for “glove”! That makes sense, considering gloves technically are bags for your hands… Here are 15 other hilariously literal Japanese words that are used quite … Read More

Osorezan (恐山): Japan’s “Fear Mountain”

osorezan lake and statue

Japan’s Mount Osorezan (恐山) in Aomori Prefecture is ranked along with Koyasan and Hieizan as one of the three most sacred places in the entire country. Today, it known as the site of Bodai-ji Temple, where female mediums called itako are said to be able to communicate with the deceased. Read on to learn all about Japan’s fascinating “fear mountain”.