The Best Anime Cosplay (Just in time for Halloween!)

The Best Anime Cosplay (Just in time for Halloween!)

With Halloween just around the corner, you may be into finding the best anime cosplay for your costuming needs. Well look no further! We’ve put together a collection of all the best anime cosplay we could find on the web. If one of these are you and you are missing attribution, let us know and we will add it right away!

Halloween is a fun holiday to get dressed up, but a lot of anime cosplayers do this for a living! That’s right! Becoming a professional cosplayer means learning costume design and tricks for make up to help you totally transform into character. While Halloween you may wear the clothes of your character, with cosplay you become the character. What do you think? Do you have what it takes to do anime cosplay?

Princess Mononoke Cosplay

Courtesy of Lovely Orange
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best anime cosplay
 

Nia Teppelin – Gurren Lagann Cosplay

Courtesy of Cra-zy-Frog
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Maka and Soul – Soul Eater Cosplay

Courtesy of Nami-Ayashi

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Edward Elric -Fullmetal Alchemist Cosplay

Courtesy of Kicka Cosplay

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Suzuya Juuzou – Tokyo Ghoul Cosplay

Courtesy of Misaki-Sai
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http://misaki-sai.deviantart.com/art/TG-Suzuya-Juuzou-490085289
 

Nonon Jakuzure – Kill la Kill Cosplay

Courtesy of Maysakaali
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Armin – Attack on Titan Cosplay

Courtesy of MmoSite
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and of course, no anime cosplay list would be complete without…

Sailor Moon Cosplay

Courtesy of Team Blase Cosplay
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Which one is the best anime cosplay do you think? Will you be dressing up as an anime character for Halloween?

Week 24: WE’VE LEARNED 500 KANJI!!!!

Week 24: WE’VE LEARNED 500 KANJI!!!!

We officially crossed the 500 kanji mark this week!

In fact, we have learned 504 kanji since we started the challenge! Don’t worry if you started late or you haven’t been able to keep up. Learning 500 kanji is tough and the best thing you can do is just keep coming back and don’t get discouraged!

500 kanji

There wasn’t much of a theme this week, but who needs a theme when we’ve learned 500 kanji!! Let’s jump right in to reviewing what we covered this week!

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Learn the Days of the Week: Japanese

Learn the Days of the Week: Japanese

If you want to learn the days of the week Japanese, you’ve come to the right place! Before modern times, Japan didn’t use a seven day calendar. Starting around 800 AD, a seven-day calendar was brought by Buddhists from India, but it was mostly used for astrological purposes. Japan originally worked on a lunar calendar that had no weeks, and each month had a different name. But once they adopted a weekly calendar, they had to give names to the days of the week in Japanese. Where did they get them? Since the days of the week were named after the planets in ancient Greece and Rome, that system was somehow spread all over the world! In 1876, the Japanese days of the week were adopted to officially align with the Western system. But you might say, Hey! These days of the week are named after elements, not planets! But you can read on to find out why… and help you learn the days of the week Japanese, as well as where all the names came from!

Japanese Days of the Week Infographic!

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Each of the days of the week Japanese corresponds to an element name from the ancient Chinese. Each of those elements is also the name for a planet. It’s important to remember that 土 is the kanji for “earth/soil” and NOT the kanji for the planet Earth. is actually the kanji for the planet Saturn! Also refers to the kanji for metal/gold. Don’t think of it as gold in terms of money, but rather gold or metal as an element from the earth!

Here are links to the full dictionary entries for every day of the week in Japanese:

Sunday in Japanese: 日曜日 (にちようび)
Monday in Japanese: 月曜日 (げつようび)
Tuesday in Japanese: 火曜日 (かようび)
Wednesday in Japanese: 水曜日 (すいようび)
Thursday in Japanese: 木曜日 (もくようび)
Friday in Japanese: 金曜日 (きんようび)
Saturday in Japanese: 土曜日 (どようび)

Week 23: Help! The Kanji Alphabet Is Too Hard!

Week 23: Help! The Kanji Alphabet Is Too Hard!

Are you having trouble learning the kanji alphabet?

OK, so there isn’t exactly a “kanji alphabet” but kanji are made up of building blocks (sort of like letters) called radicals: 部首 (ぶしゅ). There are 2,136 kanji that every Japanese student learns in school and each of these kanji has a particular radical along with other “parts” that make up the whole character. So just like our dictionaries are organized alphabetically, a Japanese kanji dictionary is organized by radical! Obviously, an online kanji dictionary means you can cut and paste a kanji or even draw the kanji you want to look up. But before the days of the internet, you would find a kanji by its radical. That’s why we include the radical in every kanji we post every day!

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Can you see all the parts in this kanji? If you go to Nihongo Master’s kanji dictionary, you can also look up any kanji by its radical or any of its parts. Last week, we learned a lot of kanji with the radical for human (人) but this week we used a lot of different radicals. If you’re really struggling to remember meaning or context of kanji, or to find a kanji online, the radical can help! There are 214 kanji radicals in total (though not all are commonly used), and we will go through all of them in an upcoming post!

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Why Japanese Emoticons are Better!  絵文字!

Why Japanese Emoticons are Better! 絵文字!

If you’re alive today and have a cell phone, you’ve probably sent an emoji (絵文字). The word “emoji” actually comes from Japan e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”), 絵文字! They are, after all, the ones who invented them. The word literally means picture letter, and it’s similarity to “emotions” or “emoticons” is coincidental. But most built-in messaging apps for Android or iPhone have a pretty boring selection of tiny picture letters to help you express yourself. Japanese emoticons, however, take emojis to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. It’s not just Japan either — Korea, China — all the Asian emojis are better than ours! What do I mean exactly? Let’s take a look at some standard Android emojis:

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There are some cute faces, some cute animals, and pizza, of course! They are all 12×12 pixels as a standard size. But rather than use standard text messaging, the Koreans developed an app similar to WhatsApp called Kakao (its competitor is Line in Japan) that uses “stickers” instead of emojis. You’ve probably seen these hilariously adorable images on Facebook messenger too. They’re like emoticons, but WAY BETTER. Line and Kakao are used even more than Facebook in Japan and Korea, so making Japanese emoticons better was an obvious way to go. Apps like Line and Kakao are the standard in Japan and Korea, as opposed to regular built-in messaging in most countries. Of course, Facebook stickers are just copying what Japan and Korea had already done. The best part about Japanese emoticons is they NEVER END! Since they charge about $2 per “package” people are creating new ones all the time to be sold in the Line Emoji Store. Yes, there is a whole store! They even have Japanese emoticons from your favorite manga and anime too!!! Can you recognize any below?

Now for the fun part! Here are some packages of emojis that you can buy and add to your phone! Even better, most of these are ANIMATED EMOJIS! If you want to see the animation for most of them, you’ll have to download the Kakao or Line app…and tell your friends!

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Animated Korean & Japanese Emojis

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throw-your-phone-emoji

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Korean & Japanese Emoticons to Download

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up and down chipmunk emoji

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korean food emoji

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muzi and friends

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funny baby emoji

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Week 22: The Week of Human 人 (亻)!

Week 22: The Week of Human 人 (亻)!

So Many Radicals with the Kanji for Person!!

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In the first week of 4th grade we saw 16 kanji using the 亻 radical! 人 is the kanji for person and 亻 is the way it is often represented as a radical. A radical in a kanji will usually help you to understand the meaning of the kanji, or at least provide a relationship to the other characters. That’s why radicals can be so helpful! We also had mostly low stroke counts (<10 strokes) for almost all of kanji this week, which is nice.
 
(Click here to see ALL the kanji that use the 人 as a radical or part)

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JLPT N4 + New Lessons + Meet Aki!

JLPT N4 + New Lessons + Meet Aki!

Today is a monumental day! It marks the end of the JLPT N4 on Nihongo Master! That means if you’ve completed our beginner and advanced sections, you should be able to pass the test!

We have also hired a new Japanese instructor who has been busy answering your questions on the site! Since Aki is new, we thought we should introduce her to everyone with a friendly interview.

welcome to aki!

Where were you born in Japan?

I was born in Wakayama city, which is next to Osaka. Wakayama has a UNESCO world heritage site called ‘Kumano Kodoo pilgrimage route.’

Did you ever live anywhere else in Japan?

I studied in Tokyo and worked there for 3 years after I graduated. I love Tokyo.

Where are you living now?

I am living in Cambridge, UK.

What brought you there?

My husband works for a video game company in Cambridge, UK. Before that, we were living together in Singapore. We decided to move here when my husband received a job offer. I was also excited to make more international friends!

Do you still have family in Japan?

Yes, my parents and brother’s family live in Japan.

How often do you visit?

Once a year. We normally visit Japan in winter, because I like skiing and my husband loves snowboarding. We also get to enjoy Japanese traditional new years’ cuisine which my mother cooks at home.

What made you want to become a teacher?

When I started working overseas (Alaska & Singapore), I realised how many people want to learn Japanese. This gave me the passion to start teaching Japanese language and culture as a native Japanese person. I am also an English teacher, which I believe allows me to clearly explain Japanese language in English.

What’s the one thing you think everyone studying Japanese should know?

Once you learn Japanese grammar rules, you will find Japanese is quite simple. It does not contain many exceptions, unlike English. I like to explain Japanese grammar rules clearly and simply and sometimes compare them to English grammar rules to demonstrate the differences.

Go ahead and check out Aki’s profile on the site and say hello!

If you’re ready to keep learning, then let’s get to it.

 

Just Noticed!

japanese lessonsWow! We’ve just NOTICED that we’re finishing the lessons for the JLPT N4 now! Be aware of the exam and keep going!

Impossible is Impossible

japanese lessonsSome people say that dreams come true if you wish. But “impossible is impossible”! Sometimes, we need to accept the reality.

No Matter When, No Matter Where

japanese lessons onlineFriends are priceless. It would make your life happier if you have a friend who you can count on “no matter when” and “no matter where,” isn’t it?

Some Kanji Waiting for You

online japanese lessonsWe’ve mastered several useful verbs such as “まつ (to wait)” and “とおる (to pass).” It’s always good to know how to write the useful words in kanji!

Leave Your Fate to Diety?

japanese lessons onlineWhen you’re desperate, you may want to pray God even if you are not religious. That is understandable, but you should try hard before you just pray God for help, shouldn’t you?

Some More Kanji to Finish Up!

It is unbelievable that you’ve just finished all the lessons for the JLPT N4! Let’s get this “additional” kanji lesson done before the exam. Then, you’ll be all set!
Remember to visit the Classroom to unlock even more drills to match these new lessons! Soon, you’ll be on your way to becoming a Nihongo Master!

 

3rd Grade Kanji Graduation!  (Week 21: Jōyō Kanji Challenge)

3rd Grade Kanji Graduation! (Week 21: Jōyō Kanji Challenge)

IT’S GRADUATION DAY!

Congratulations everyone! You have officially graduated Japanese 3rd grade kanji! In fact, our very last kanji this week is the first kanji learned in 4th grade!

やった!

3rd grade kanji

There are 200 more kanji in 4th grade and 5th grade, and then 185 in 6th grade before we have a big graduation to secondary school. It seems like a lot, but don’t give up hope. If you work every day and expose yourself to as much Japanese as possible, the kanji will keep coming back to you. The worst thing you can do is stop studying because you will start to forget. So lets keep studying right now and review our last 20 3rd grade kanji and our very first 4th grade kanji!
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Prepare for Excitement…

Prepare for Excitement…

Nihongo Master is Getting EVEN Better!

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Don’t worry, all of your favorite Nihongo Master features, lessons, and drills will remain the same. But lots of things will be changing for the better. We just know Nihongo Master will be the best Japanese language site out there! Over the next few weeks will be slowly rolling out:

Faster Everything!

We’ve upgraded to a new server and are streamlining the entire site to make it faster from top to bottom. Some of these changes have already rolled out, so we hoped you noticed how fast we are!!

A New Homepage

Nothing too big here, just sprucing up the old home page with our exciting new design.

A New Account Page!

The “My Account” page will now be known as your “Dashboard” where you can manage your next lesson, drills, community and group comments, and more. All in one easy-to-navigate space!

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New Notifications

Group Posting Notification

Tired of your forum/group comments getting lost forever? Well fret not, we will be releasing a new group notification feature. You’ll now get a notification bubble on your dashboard whenever someone posts in a group you follow! No more posting in a forum only to find out weeks later someone answered you. Getting our groups and forums as active as possible is important to you and so it’s a top priority for us!

Community Question Notification

Just like in a group, if someone answers your question or votes for your answer on a question, you’ll be notified so you can come back and check it out!

Larger Teams

You asked and we answered! By popular demand, team sizes will be expanded! We’re still working out the details of larger team scoring and points, but you better start making friends and team up if you haven’t already!

Exciting New Avatars

Tired of Kenichi’s smiling face as your default avatar? We aren’t, because we love Kenichi, but we thought having more avatars would be more fun anyway! New members will be able to choose from a list of avatars when they sign up and existing members can change out their existing avatar with one from the list as well!

A Whole New Classroom!

With the release of our next 5 lessons, we will have completely covered the JLPT N4. That means our new section will focus on the JLPT N3. We’re already busy creating these lessons and we can’t wait to share them with you!

AND MORE!

We are never finished making Nihongo Master the best Japanese language site out there. Our community is the most important thing to us….so tell us…

Are there any other changes you would like to see on the site? Let us know! We’re always open to suggestions!