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Japanese numbers 1-100 Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

For those who just started to learn Japanese, it can be very helpful to learn the basic counting. In the Japanese language there are two ways to write the numbers: in Arabic numerals (1,2,3 etc.) or in Japanese/Chinese numerals (一、二、三。。。). The Japanese/Chinese numerals are often used in restaurants or the typical Japanese bars, the so-called…

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Grand Sumo Tournament (Video) Posted by on Oct 22, 2012

Japan’s national sport, sumo is a huge part of Japanese culture. Three times a year, the best of the best come out to fight in a 15-day tournament in Tokyo. Learn a bit about the traditions, and see some highlights of the May 2012 edition in this video.

Grand Sumo Tournament Posted by on Oct 17, 2012

When you think of Japan, one of the first things that comes to mind is certainly sumo wrestling (相撲). Japan’s national sport has been around for many centuries; it originally began as a performance meant to entertain Shinto gods. Some ancient rituals are still present in modern-day sumo, such as the leg-stomping exercise to drive…

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