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Izakaya – A Traditional Japanese Bar

The Izakaya (居酒屋) is to Japan what the saloon was back in the Wild West – an important place for social interactions, a tavern to get drinks and a restaurant combined in one building. When entering a typical Japanese Izakaya,

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Dajare, some examples of Japanese Puns

Today’s article will be about jokes so buckle up. Most japanese people are not that much into sarcasm or black jokes as western people but they have their own kind of jokes based on their language: dajare (駄洒落). The idea

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Can’t Read the Air

Kuuki Yomenai or KY (空気読めない/くうきよめない) This expression literally means “can’t read the air”. It is used for people who don’t perceive the appropriate behavior in a given situation, or who are not able to pick up on subtle social clues.

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A List of Ten Japanese Metaphors and Proverbs for You

Almost any spoken language on this planet has its idioms and proverbs, and Japanese is no exception. In fact, the Japanese language contains thousands of metaphors and proverbs (諺 : ことわざ), too many to know them all. We have compiled

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Dontaku 2017 recap 

Last week was golden week and people all around Japan enjoyed the public holiday with their friends and family. The students of Asahi Nihongo decided to use their study-free time to join the annual Dontaku parade which serenades through the

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Nintendo Switch 

We spoke about Super Mario before and mentioned Nintendo several times. The company behind legendary consoles like the Gameboy is still one of the most important manufacturers when it comes to hardware. Soon, a new console will be released, so

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Tamagotchi

Some trends and crazes from Japan manage to get popular all around the world. If you were born in the 90s, you probably came along one of the biggest Japanese toy hypes of the 2000s while growing up, Tamagotchi (たまごっち)

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Canal city 

If you’re in Fukuoka and bored these days, there is a part of the city to explore that offers all kinds of activities and might will brighten up your mood: canal city (キャナルシティー). Canal city is a large shopping and

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Dajare

Today’s article will be about jokes so buckle up. Most japanese people are not that much into sarcasm or black jokes as western people but they have their own kind of jokes based on their language: dajare (駄洒落). The idea

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Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園) is a leisure park where you can enjoy seasonal flowers. Many events are held here in each season; Flower Picnic (spring), Rose Festival (early summer and autumn) and Cosmos Festival (autumn). The park, which is divided

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Mario

Today’s article is about one of Japan’s biggest heroes in modern days. This is not about politicians or rock stars however; we are going to talk about Mario (マリオ). Mario is the hero of the Japanese game company Nintendo’s Super

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Japanese games #003: tops

Today we continue our article series about Japanese games and toys by introducing you to the history of the Japanese spinning top. It might sound strange at first but the classical spinning top has been a popular toy in Japan

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Japanese Crepes

Japanese cuisine is filled with flavorful dishes, most of them being hundreds of years old and traditionally rooted in Japanese culture. Nonetheless, there are some dishes that were imported and slightly changed to match the population’s taste. Over time, those

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Gashapon

The Japanese toy industry is gigantic and the value of collectibles increases as time goes by. There is such a huge variety of collectible toys and goods in Japan, it cannot even be put into numbers. Because collecting stuff is an

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Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden

In today’s article, we introduce you to the Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden – a place to explore the Japanese flora and fauna in the heart of Fukuoka. We are going to show everything there is to know so you can

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