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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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