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Archive for February, 2015

Hinamaturi – Japanese Doll Festival for Girls Posted by on Feb 28, 2015

Many of the young girls in Japan are now looking forward to celebrate the Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri, ひなまつり、雛祭り)coming up next week, on March 3rd. Every year, on this day, parents along with their daughters celebrate their daughter’s happiness and health. It is a special day for a family with daughters, as they prepare for this…

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All About Japanese Names Posted by on Feb 27, 2015

What are some typical Japanese names you can think of? Many of you might say, many of the Japanese names for girls and women end with “ko(こ、子, meaning “child”).” This is true, especially for girls who were born in 1960’s and 1970’s.  Today, let me introduce you to interesting facts about Japanese names, how they…

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How to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese? Posted by on Feb 25, 2015

Today’s post is all about the “Birthday”.  How would you say, “Happy Birthday!” in Japanese? Well, “Birthday” is “Tanjo-bi (たんじょうび、誕生日)” or “O-tanjo-bi (おたんじょうび、お誕生日)” in Japanese. By adding, “o” at the beginning, it sounds more softer; therefore, many women use it that way. Also, smaller children use in that form. Below is the list of some…

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Expanding Your Japanese Vocabulary Posted by on Feb 19, 2015

When learning a foreign language, one of the ways to expand your vocabulary list is to build based on what you already know. It is never enough to know more vocabulary for a certain language, especially when it comes to a foreign language, it is harder to increase your vocabulary unless you are exposed to…

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Japanese Word Bank of Romantic words. Posted by on Feb 10, 2015

 Japanese Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Typically in Japan, Valentine’s Day is the day for girls or women to give out chocolates to men to express their love.  Tradition is,  all about the “chocolates”.  Sometimes, cookies are also popular, but most likely, they are not just the cookies, but cookies with chocolate!…

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