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Zen Meditation in Kyoto

When traveling to Japan, Kyoto is an absolute must-destination for those wanting to explore the culture and history of the country. Kyoto and its spiritual sister city Nara have a wealth of temples, shrines, gardens and beautiful vistas for the visitor to take in and enjoy. However if you want to explore the spiritual side […]

Lenzan kudo – Shakuhachi Master Interview

In our new Japanese masters series, we will be interviewing musicians, artists, designers and others involved in traditional and modern arts in Japan. For our very first interview I caught up with Lenzan Kudo, a master of the shakuhachi which is a type of traditional Japanese flute. I asked him about his music and life […]


10 Great Japanese Cheat Sheets

Welcome to the Japanese cheat sheet page which includes our own cheat sheets and links to other free resources for learning Japanese. To be honest there is no way to really cheat your way to the top when it comes to acquiring a new language. However, I have found some very well designed cheat sheets […]

10 Great Text Books For Studying Japanese

Japanese language learning materials have been migrating to the web in various forms including online courses, blogs, mobile app and videos to name a few. However, I still have some personal recommendations for great text books I have used to study Japanese in the past on my own and then at university as part of […]

What’s your favorite word in Japanese?

One warm Friday night in Osaka, I ventured out with my old tape camera (yes tape!) and videoed some of my friends and asked them what their favorite Japanese word or phrase was. Here are the results in order as they appeared on the video:                                                    お腹がぺこぺこ – onaka ga peko peko – I’m hungry […]

What are your biggest concerns about coming to Japan?

So, you are thinking of coming to Japan. Or at least, you are thinking of thinking of coming to Japan. Do you know what to pack? Where you would like to go? What you would like to do? Visiting Japan for the first time might seeing a little challenging and you might have a few […]

What do you find most challenging about studying Japanese?

So you’ve been studying Japanese for a while, or perhaps, you’re just a beginner at the language. Was it as difficult as you thought? If you studied another language, how does it compare? And what do you find most challenging about studying Japanese? Typically, westerners who study Japanese find reading and writing Japanese Kanji to […]

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