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Phrases For Dating In Japan Posted by on Mar 16, 2020

Did you meet a Japanese girl or guy but have no idea what to say to them in Japanese? I have come to rescue you. Here are a few basic Japanese dating phrases that you can use for that special someone. Good afternoon (こんにちは). When starting a conversation with that cute Japanese person across the…

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

Photo by Philip Gregory

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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Eat more veggies! Posted by on Jun 14, 2013

Inspired by the post about vegetable names in the Italian blog, today I’m going to introduce you the most popular vegetables 野菜  (yasai)  in Japan. There are a lot of vegetables that are very popular in Japan but that are quite unknown or not common in the US or in Europe. Whenever I visited…

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The Rainy Season Posted by on Jun 15, 2012

Lightning over Kagoshima

Well, it has finally happened. The 梅雨 (つゆ/rainy season) has begun! I grew up on the coast of カナダの東 (かなだのひがし/eastern Canada), so I have always been intimately familiar with 雨(あめ/rain), but it was only after I moved to 日本 (にほん/Japan) in 六月 (ろくがつ/June), that I finally understood what the term “rainy season” 梅雨really meant. Note…

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Shochu Posted by on May 20, 2012

島娘 (Shimamusume), one of 鹿児島's most popular brands of shochu.

今日 (きょう/Today) I’d like to talk a little about my favorite Japanese alcoholic beverage, 焼酎 (しょうちゅう/Shochu)! This is not the traditional 酒 (さけ/sake) that many people order when they go to a 日本料理 (にほんりょうり/Japanese food) restaurant in another country. 酒 can be translated as rice wine, but the word is commonly used to describe any…

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Word of the Day Posted by on Feb 1, 2010

1 – アレルギ 2 – エンタメ 3 – ゲットする 4 – 敵 5 – みかた 6 – 美しい 7 – どうそうかい 8 – そつぎょうせい 9 – そっくり 10 – たいしょくする 11 – 雪かき 12 – そうじする 13 – だめ 14 – 乾燥する 15 – おいしい 16 – 便利

Answers to the Word of the Day Posted by on Jan 10, 2010

Here are the answers (in parentheses) and the links to the Word of the Day for your viewing pleasure: 1 – 足りる (to suffice, to be enough) https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/japanese.htm?date=08-30-2009 2 – もったいない (wasteful) https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/japanese.htm?date=08-31-2009 3 – まずい (unappetizing) https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/japanese.htm?date=09-01-2009 4 – やる (to give) https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/japanese.htm?date=09-03-2009 5 – しつれします (excuse me) https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/japanese.htm?date=09-06-2009 6 – ごめんなさい (I am sorry)…

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