How to Tell Apart Similar Kanji, Plus 20 Examples


Remember what kanji looked like before you knew any Japanese?

A pile of practically identical shapes, right?

After learning the basics of the language, you probably started seeing some differences—but it can still be incredibly easy to be fooled …

29 Japanese Idioms That Tell It Like It Is


Have you ever come across an odd Japanese phrase that just makes… no sense whatsoever?

You think you understand what all the individual words in the phrase mean—but that meaning doesn’t seem to mean anything.

This is a ridiculously common …

The 12 Best Blogs in Japanese About Travel, Food, Culture and Lifestyle


Sugar, spice and everything nice.

That’s what Japanese lifestyle blogs are made of.

Well, that plus mouthwatering food photography, street fashion inspiration, recipes for lovely culinary creations, offbeat home decorations, cool gadgets and DIY everything.

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Ready for Takeoff? 129 Japanese Travel Phrases to Study on Your Flight to Tokyo


Many people like to say that it’s easy to travel in Japan.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s relatively easy, but not for the reason people think.

Japan is a gorgeous country inhabited by helpful and friendly people, but English …

11 Top-notch Audiobooks by Famous Japanese Writers


If there was a contest for “the most challenging written language in the world,” Japanese would easily win it.

It has three scripts, thousands of characters and infinite spelling variations that frustrate the best efforts of would-be readers.

Being …

Learn Japanese with Video Games: A Starter Guide


Chances are, if you’re learning Japanese, you’ve played some Japanese video games.

Playing video games in the original Japanese may even be one of the driving forces behind your quest for fluency.

And that’s perfectly okay.

In fact, it’s …

How to Learn Japanese Just by Watching Videos


In Japan, there’s a proverb: “継続は力なり” (けいぞくはちからなり).

It means “in anything you do, persevering every day will reap rewards.”

What I love about this idea is that it doesn’t proclaim that we must take enormous steps or knock down significant …