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10 Children’s Day Phrases Posted by on Apr 27, 2020

Children’s Day (子供の日) is a Japanese holiday that takes place on May 5th, the last day of Golden Week. The holiday was originally called Tango No Sekku (端午の節句), translated literally as “the first horse of May”, and until 1948 was a boy’s holiday; the counterpart to Hinamatsuri (ひな祭り), Girl’s Day. Children’s Day In 1948, “Tango…

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March 20th: Spring Equinox in Japan Posted by on Mar 15, 2020

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March 20th is fast approaching, and with it comes the annual spring equinox. In Japan, this event is a national holiday called “Shuubun no HI” (春分の日). In technical terms, an equinox is “either of the two times each year (as of about March 21 and September 23) when the sun (太陽) crosses the equator and…

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Coronavirus: Is Japan Safe? Posted by on Mar 9, 2020

Coronavirus (コロナウイルス) fears are sweeping across the world and there is a lot of information (情報) – and misinformation (誤報) – concerning the virus, and how to respond. Recently, there has been a shortage of (不足) masks and toilet paper, as panicked people continue to stockpile items. Though the fear of infection (感染) is understandable…

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8 Must Know Japanese Kanji’s related to Summer Posted by on Jul 29, 2018

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. ”  Flora Lewis    Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Some of you might be out on vacation and enjoying your time away from your home.  If so, I am so…

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Are you feeling “Waku waku” today? Posted by on Jun 19, 2018

❝Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.❞ ‒Oliver Wendell Holmes   Hi there! Hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend! We spent our family time by the coast this past weekend. Weather was amazing where scenery was beautiful with plenty of sunshine, but above…

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Japanese names inspired by “Spring” Posted by on Mar 29, 2018

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” -Chinese Proverb   Hi everyone, hope everyone is enjoying the last week of March. It’s almost spring, and I am sure some of you are already enjoying the warmer weather by now. Here in Pacific Northwest, we are seeing more cheery blossoms started to bloom…

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10 must know phrases to cheer someone up in Japanese Posted by on Mar 20, 2018

“Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami     Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing great!  As I write this, I wish I was outside(soto, 外、そと) today. It’s such a beautiful day today here in Pacific Northwest. I hear rain (ame, 雨、あめ)is coming tomorrow, which will be no fun…

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