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7+ Kinds of Calligraphy Brushes

The kind of calligraphy brush you need depends on the kind of lines you want to draw. Here are seven-plus options from a historic shop in Toyohashi that you can order from anywhere!

Survival Japanese for Shopping

Since most shop clerks don't speak English, it's very useful to know a few sentences in Japanese to get what you want!

How & When to Apologize in Japan

Apology is a kind of social currency in Japan. But using it well isn't just about knowing what words to use—you also need to know when and how to use them!

Become an Izakaya Guru with These 6 Videos

Impress your friends with your knowledge of the ins and outs of Japanese pubs and the drinks and food served at them!

4 Phrases to Help You Speak 'Kansai-Ben'

Speak like a local in Osaka, Kyoto or Kobe with these four simple phrases from the Kansai Dialect.

9 Ways to Talk About the Weather

Since it changes so often, the weather is actually a hot topic in Japan—no pun intended! Find out nine ways to get in on this easy conversation-starter!

Learning to Love 'Sumi' Ink Sticks

Ink sticks, or 'sumi,' were a practical way of conserving and transporting ink. They're the classic tool for writing Japanese calligraphy—and using them has an almost Zen-like quality.

Want to Wow Your Japanese Friends?

Casually toss out these idiomatic expressions to get your Japanese acquaintances' jaws dropping.

Survival Japanese for Concerts & Events

So you've decided to attend an event from your favorite idols or artists, but how ready are you really? Here are some often-used terms you should check out to navigate your way!

6 Bits of Advanced-Level Lawson Trivia

Did you know that the Lawson Store 100 song apologizes for the price? Or that there's 'frying music' for the staff? This is stuff even Lawson employees don't know!

Key Castle Vocabulary

Don't know a 'tenshu' from a 'hori'? We're here to help!

Intro to the Japanese Writing System

Can you spot the differences between each of Japan's three different characters?

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

Learn Japanese on Instagram?!

If you're trying to learn Japanese but always on the go, this Japanese Instagram account might be just for you!

Driving in Japan

As in many countries, city traffic in Japan may be congested and not much fun. But once you get into the countryside and the mountains, driving in Japan can be a real pleasure.

10 Ways to Improve Your Japanese with Karaoke

How do you level-up your Japanese with karaoke? First read the advice, then check out our list of 10 karaoke songs that will wow your singing partners and build your language skills at the same time!

Intro to the Japanese Writing System: Katakana

Let's take a look at perhaps the most puzzling type of Japanese text: 'katakana.'

The Many Meanings of 'Mottainai'

Something you might hear everyday in Japan is the word 'mottainai.' And without mincing words, we present to you three ways to use this useful expression!

The History Behind Japan's 'Janken' Game

Whether resolving a dispute, deciding who pays the check for lunch, or simply passing the time, Japan’s “rock-paper-scissors” culture is simple, and a lot of fun.

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