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How to get a Haircut in Japan – Japanese Tips

It’s easy to think getting a haircut, especially in a place like Japan, can be a daunting undertaking. In a country where English is still a fairly scarce commodity, it is the exception rather than the rule when trying to locate a hairdresser that communicates

15 Japanese Buzzwords of 2017 (2017の流行語)

Just as Oxford or Collins update their respective dictionaries with additions of the year’s trendy words or phrases, Japan too has its own set of annual 流行語 or buzzwords. These are fashionable slogans or terms which have become popular in their own right, usually with

Kanji of the Year 2017 is …

That’s right they even have a Kanji (Chinese Character) of the year in Japan, and this year is no exception with the ‘北’ (きた or Kita – meaning North) character being elected as the most suitable for 2017. You can also check our Japanese Guide

Top 12 Horrifying Halloween Expressions

So it’s Halloween time, well officially that is the 31st of October 2017, and even though you may have retired your costumes from the previous weekends antics, no doubt many diehard party goers will still venture out in their spooky suits and more. In this

Top 12 Most Common (Polite) Japanese Phrases

If you haven’t realised by now, the Japanese language places particular emphasis on formality and the correct use of language based on a given situation. For example, in the company of friends or family it is fine to use informal or casual language. However, in

Self-Introductions in Japanese

Self-Introductions or 自己紹介 (じこしょうかい or Jikoshoukai), when speaking Japanese is a good place to start when just beginning your study. Usually, using this simple structure will help you to memorise not only basic phrases, but questions relating to those topics too. Especially relating to hometowns,

Your Guide to Katakana – Japanese Writing System 2

Katakana Guide Katakana (カタカナ) is another component of the Japanese writing system, mainly used for foreign or loan words used within the Japanese Language. It is very similar to Hiragana in terms of outright sounds, and similarly each symbol represents either a vowel or consonant

Your Guide to Hiragana – Japanese Writing System 1

Hiragana Guide < Hiragana (ひらがな) is one of three writing systems (including Katakana and Kanji) used for the Japanese Language. It forms the the fundamental core of sounds and writing used in Japanese. As a learner of the language, this is one of the first