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Exploring Nagasaki Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

The city of Nagasaki (長崎) is located on the Japanese island of Kyushu (九州). It’s the capital and largest city in the prefecture of the same name. Once a secluded fishing village, it grew into a major port city after trade developed with Portugeuse explorers. It was here that the second atomic bomb was dropped…

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30 Useful Idiomatic Phrases in Japanese Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

In Japanese, idiomatic phrases are called ‘慣用語’ or kanyougo. They are often used by native speakers during conversations. Idioms add flavor to a language. They are simple phrases or expressions which might not make sense literally, but have ‘figurative meanings’. It is difficult to grasp the nuance of an idiomatic expression unless you are sure…

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How do you say Shopping in Japanese? Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving Holiday if you are in a country where people celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a nice long break from school and work this past week. Kids are not too crazy about going back to school tomorrow.   Has anyone enjoyed after Thanksgiving Holiday shopping? Here in U.S. shopping is popular…

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24 Hours in Nagasaki (Part One) Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Next up in our video tour of Japan, we head to Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu. One of only two cities to ever be hit by an atomic bomb, Nagasaki has rebuilt and transformed itself since the end of World War II. In Part One of the video, take the bullet train into the…

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How to say good bye in Japanese? Posted by on Nov 22, 2016

Sayo-nara (さようなら)       Hi there everyone! Hope everyone is doing well out there. Some of you might be busy preparing your house for welcoming your family and friends for Thanksgiving this week. Your children might be already out of school, at least here in U.S.  Nonetheless, this is busy time of the year…

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Why Japanese Traditional Arts End in ‘Do’ Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

As Japanese language learners, we are introduced to Japanese traditions and arts from time to time. Let us take a look at some of these arts and how they are performed. The kanji ‘ 道 ’ signifies path or route. The 訓読み kunyomi (Japanese reading) for this kanji is みち michi and its 音読み onyomi…

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5 ways of using Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu in Japanese Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

What does Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu mean ????   Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather. Here in Pacific Northwest, weather has been beautiful, and I am really enjoying the autumn color of leaves everywhere. Rain is coming soon, so I better enjoy this moment while we have it. 🙂   I have quite…

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