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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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Kana Invaders

Check out this awesome video made by Jamaipanese on Youtube who was kind enough to check out and play our Kana Invaders game. It’s great to see someone having fun with the game and actually learning some Japanese in the process. You can check out more of his videos here. Kana Invaders was made by […]

Money Quiz 01

Try your knowledge on this Japanese money quiz. Do you have what it takes to be the next finance minister of Japan? Check out the quiz and then leave your comments below. Tell us your score and if you have a question feel free to ask. Now try the quiz! [mtouchquiz 3]

Learn Japanese Pod iPad Travel Apps

If you are interested in traveling to Japan and need a little inspiration for planning your trip then you can discover some pretty amazing places in our set of Learn Japanese Pod Japan iPad travel apps. We made a photo travelog of places I have visited and also lived in including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and […]

What is Rakugo?

Try to answer this quiz about the traditional Japanese art of Rakugo. See how you do and then watch the video and read the article to learn more. [mtouchquiz 1] Now check out this video which features ダイアン吉日 Diane Kichijitsu, a female British Rakugo performer who is based in Osaka. She explains and beautifully performs […]

How to Find Big Shoes in Osaka

If you are looking for large shoes in Osaka, you might want to check out Otto, a shoe shop located in Tenma, Osaka that caters for the more gaijin sized foot. I was originally introduced to this shop by good friend Beb. This shoe shop is famous amongst locals as there is a sign that […]