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Laugh Your Way to Linguistic Enlightenment

Canadian rakugo sensation Katsura Sunshine offers a brilliant breakdown of some of the key quibbles of the Japanese language.

Top 10 Hardest Japanese Words to Pronunce

Can you enunciate all 10 of these commonly mispronounced words?

Does a Japanese Spouse Make Japanese Easier?

Most people assume that learning a language is easier with a Japanese spouse, but it's not as easy as it seems.

7 Toy Winners of the Good Design Award

Take a look at seven extraordinary award-winning toys that deserved design certification.

We Have the Technology to Read... Minds?!

While he's nowhere near the level of some telepaths like Professor X, Professor Toshimasa Yamazaki has found a way to read people's minds by utilizing the Japanese language.

36 Japanese Words to Describe Train Otaku

Are you into collecting train stamps, or is taking pictures of trains more your thing? No matter what your passion for trains may be, the Japanese language has a word for it!

8 Things to Know About New Year's in Japan

All about Japan's biggest holiday of the year!

How to Navigate Japan With Just One Word

When people travel to a foreign country, they tend to try to pick up a few key phrases before they go: how to say hello, how to ask for the bill at a restaurant and so on. You can do that for Japan as well, but the truth is, you actually don’t need to.

How do You Define 'Kawaii'?

Ad agency Dentsu seeks to visually define the term 'kawaii.' Do you agree? Watch the video and find out!

Will a Japanese Girlfriend Help Your Japanese?

If you're struggling with learning Japanese, is a Japanese girlfriend the answer to your problems?

Japanese & English Drunken Tongue Twisters

The Texan in Tokyo duo set out to attempt the impossible: Not only will they say bilingual tongue twisters, but they will also try them while drunk. Find out if they survive the test!

7 Japanese New Year's Traditions Explained

One of Japan's most important holidays, New Year's, brings with it unique customs—some of which date back all the way to the 800s.

How to Fix 7 Common Mistakes in Your Japanese

Picking up another language isn't easy, and you're bound to make a few mistakes along the way. But if you brush up on these seven common mistakes, you'll be sounding more and more like a native Japanese speaker!

Learn Japanese Calligraphy at Your Hotel

This workshop at the Shiba Park Hotel covers a single basic but fun point: how to write your name in katakana, hiragana and phonetic kanji. Best of luck with your brush technique!

The 10,000 Hours Approach to Japanese

Will investing 10,000 hours into studying Japanese make you fluent?

Helpful Healthy Tips When Ordering Sushi

When it comes to calorie intake, not all sushi is created equal. So if you're looking for healthier options, be sure to follow these tips!

6 Cool Japanese Words for Snow

Japan has more than 100 ways to describe snow. Here are six of the most interesting varieties!

Read 141 GB of Ancient Japanese Texts Online

Access ancient Japanese texts at a click of a button with a new database courtesy of The National Institute of Japanese Literature.

Don't Fall into this Miscommunication Loop!

Learn how to avoid this common misunderstanding between Japanese and English by learning about situations where "yes" means "no."