May 2014

Noodles in Japan (soba, udon, raamen)

By |May 5th, 2014|

Noodles in Japan (soba, udon, raamen)
A popular form of light meal in Japan is noodles, the most common of which are soba,udon and raamen.

Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour, which is kneaded and formed into thin, string-like noodles. […]

April 2014

Housing in Japan

By |April 20th, 2014|

Housing in Japan
In Japan, the size of a room is measured in joo, which is the Chinese reading of the kanji character for tatami (or straw) mat. The number of these tatami mats placed in a room indicates the […]

sumoo

By |April 19th, 2014|

sumoo
Summo is the national sport of Japan and has existed since ancient times, however the sport in its present form is said to have been developed sometime between the early to mid-18th century. The object of a sumoo match […]

sayoonara

By |April 18th, 2014|

sayoonara
Although Oscar has just arrived in Japan, he studied Japanese for two years in his own country, so he has some confidence in speaking. One day he went to a part-time job at a company where his friend Mr. […]

すごいとすごく

By |April 17th, 2014|

すごいとすごく
リサは自分で焼いたケーキを持って、洋子の家に遊びに行きました。「わあ、すごい。これリサが作ったの…すごくおいしい」このあたりから洋子は「すごい」をマシンガンのように連発していったのです。「あさってすごい台風が来るんだって」「きのう見た映画、すごく怖かった」「日曜日に原宿に行ったら、すごい人だった」「となりの子猫、すごくかわいいの…」リサは「すごい」ということばは、いいことにも悪いことにも使えて「すごく便利だ」と思いました。でも要注意!「すごい」をあまり多く使うと子供っぽいということは覚えておきましょう。

Japanese Language (onegaishimasu)

By |April 14th, 2014|

Japanese Language (onegaishimasu)
Onegaishimasu is an expression that will prove to be very useful to anyone spending time in Japan. For example, when you get into a taxi, if you say “Akihabara (destination), onegaishimasu,” the taxi will take you to […]

March 2014

Japanese Language (sumimasen)

By |March 5th, 2014|

Japanese Language (sumimasen)

The Japanese word sumimasen is used in a lot of different situations. For example, in instances when you apologize for being late, causing trouble, stepping on someone’s foot, or lightly bumping into someone, sumimasen is used to […]

Japanese Dating

By |March 5th, 2014|

Japanese Dating

You might think Japanese dating is special. For example, Japanese boy and Japanese girl (women) go into a coffee shop or a restraurant for dating. The Japanese boy usually says, ” What would you like?” The Japanese girl (women) will answer, “Anything is fine” . In […]

Japanese Male and Female

By |March 2nd, 2014|

Japanese Male and Female
Japanese do not consider it proper for a Japanese Female to talk more than a Japanese Male in public. Since ancient times it has been believed that a Japanese Female should never express herself verbally, but rather should always quietly carry out […]

February 2014

Apologize in Japan

By |February 27th, 2014|

Apologize in Japan

When Japanese people apologize, they consider it best to simply bow their head and say, “I am sorry” rather than adding any explanatory defense for what they have done, because they feel that any such defense means […]