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Obon: One of the Biggest Celebrations in Japanese Culture

Obon (お盆, おぼん) is an annual Japanese festival taking place August 13th to 15th. It is one of Japan’s three major holidays and has been celebrated for over 500 year

20 Popular Matsuri Foods

Matsuri food is a beloved part of Japanese culture. Food is cooked and sold at matsuri from food stands known as yatai (屋台, やたい). The food available changes to fit the seasons, but here are some of Japan’s most famous matsuri treats!

25 Japanese Words to Know for Matsuri Season

The majority of Japanese festivals happen during the summer months, so summer is known as festival season in Japan! Matsuri all celebrate different occasions and holidays, but many share some classic festivities.

10 Symbols of Summer in Japanese Culture

As a country that has hot summers, Japan has learned to adapt. Summer has become a time of fun and festivities with many ways to beat the heat!

The Importance of Marine Day in Japanese Culture

Marine Day (海の日, うみのひ) is a national Japanese holiday that occurs annually on the third Monday in July. The holiday is considered to be the unofficial end of the rainy season and the beginning of summer. It is a day to give thanks to the ocean and acknowledge the importance it has for the island nation.

Learn Japanese

Basic Japanese: Asking and Receiving Directions

Basic Japanese: Asking and Receiving Directions

In one of our Study Saturday language series episodes on the Nihongo Master Podcast, Season 4 Episode 6, we looked at directions in Japanese. This is one of the basic Japanese knowledge that one should master when starting out with learning Japanese. In fact, we can also agree that this is a key essential in any traveller’s Japanese language travelling kit.

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Japanese Culture

Pride Events and LGBT Spaces in Japan

Pride Events and LGBT Spaces in Japan

LGBT advocates have been working hard to spread awareness and bring about equality for all. Younger generations have been especially vocal about their support of the LGBT community. In recent years, it has been reported that the vast majority of Japanese citizens support legalizing same-sex marriage.

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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.