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The good news is that there is a way to take as many trains as you like while in Japan without blowing up your budget! Introducing the Japan Rail Pass!
You’ve mastered hiragana (ひらがな). It took you a while to learn katana (カタカナ), but at the end, you did it. There are three writing systems in the Japanese language. The third one is kanji (漢字).
Figuring out how to stay motivated learning Japanese isn't an easy thing to do. Language learning is hard, it can be super frustrating, and there will always be a million things you could be doing instead of studying. Of course if you're in high school or college taking a language class means if you don't study, you don't pass. But self-learners have a whole other problem. How do you stay...
Introduction Fair enough, unlike some other languages, the Japanese language is not the most difficult language to pronounce. It also depends on your native language as well — most of it can be quite easy. You can easily make the most accurate sounds just like a native Japanese speaker. However, there are a few sounds that aren’t quite that easy. A lot of the time, people can’t seem to get it...
If you’re reading this, that means you’re planning to take the JLPT. Or at least, you’re planning to learn Japanese. That’s great news! Learning a new language is always an amazing adventure. And Japanese is a beautiful and rich language.
In English, we have a few different phrases that we use interchangeably when bidding farewell to someone — “see you”, “catch you later” and the standard “bye” are just to name a few. Would it be so surprising to say that it’s similar in Japanese?
Japan is a country rich in culture and history. There’s no denying that. The Japanese people pride themselves in their cultural heritage. Everything from food and clothing to customs and manners, there’s a seamless blend of old and new in Japan’s culture.
Are you planning a trip to Japan soon and know zero Japanese? Or are you just getting started with the Japanese language? Either way, it’s important to get off on the right foot when dipping your toes into a new language. There are a handful of Japanese words that are more helpful than others. It’ll help those of you who are travelling to Japan survive day-to-day interactions, and ease into the language for those who are committed to studying Japanese.
Contrary to popular belief, aki (秋, autumn) is actually one of the most festive seasons in Japan! The foliage is reason enough to be roaming around the country sightseeing. Japanese tourists try to catch an autumn festival (祭り, matsuri) or two while they’re in a different town. But here’s the thing: there are too many festivals to choose from! So we’ve shortlisted 5 of the most thrilling ones for you to look out for.
Every country has its own set of national holidays. Not every country will have the same one. Japan, just like every other aspect of the country, has its own unique set of Japanese holidays that are...
When you’ve spent quite a bit of time in Japan, you soon realise that it’s easier to say no in Japan than in most Western countries. But here’s the catch: it’s much more difficult to ask for an explanation or reason.
I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed how popular those photo booth stickers are at the moment. When I first came to Japan, I was surprised at how popular they are in Japan, too.
Introducing “purikura”, the Japanese word for that exact thing we’re talking about. Before TikTok dances and Instagram filters became huge on the streets, purikura was top on the vain game.
So what exactly is it? How did it come about? Where can I find them? How do I take a purikura picture? All your answers are just a scroll down away!
Blog Author & Podcast Host
Freelancer and entrepreneur Azra Syakirah takes charge of the creative content for Nihongo Master’s blog and podcast, which she also hosts. While born and bred in Singapore, she has been living in Japan since 2018.
Usually tucked away in a cafe anywhere she goes, this experimental and versatile language enthusiast seeks to put her passion for linguistics and hunger for creativity into practice.