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Typhoon Evacuation Warnings

As you no doubt heard, recently Typhoon Roke caused a bit of a mess in central Japan, with extensive flooding and damage due to strong winds and heavy rain. There are a lot of terms that are useful to know when typhoons are approaching, so today I’d like to introduce a few of them, including […]

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Henohenomoheji

Heno-heno 変じゃないのぉ?? What’s all this heno-heno business then? We take a brief look at this classic idea known by all Japanese people. (more…)

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Learning to Drive in Japan – Vocabulary

For most people coming to live in Japan, driving will simply be a case of changing one’s existing licence to an International Driver’s Licence. Sometimes though, depending on which country you hail from, you may be required to take a test. For others who never learned to drive at all, the process is much longer […]

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Withdrawing Cash in Japan

Using an ATM machine is a rather simple task, but one that can be somewhat stressful when you aren’t sure what buttons to press. Add to that an ever-growing line of impatient people behind you and it could just be enough ruin your day! Let’s take a look at the process of withdrawing money. (more…)

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Chu New Lip

Here’s a catchy little Shiseido advert I noticed on television recently advertising a lipstick. Some interesting wordplay in the CM too! (more…)

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Olympus PEN E-P3 Campaign

Campaigns and special offers are a big part of life in Japan. You get discount coupons and points for just about everything you purchase, and store owners will be more than happy to give you a membership card to encourage you back. (more…)

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My Mean Senpai!

Film posters can be good sources for a quick bite of Japanese without much effort. You have a large image to help you understand context and usually a catchy phrase that shows some of the more creative uses of the language. (more…)

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Overview of the Japanese Alphabets

I figured it was probably a good idea to have an outline of the Japanese alphabets here on Gakuu for easy access. There are loads of good resources out there that talk about the basics, so this post will be brief, with a sprinkling of advice on how to learn the alphabets. (more…)

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