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The Complete Guide to Japanese Regional Cuisine

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Japanese food isn’t just sushi.

There’s one major thing foreigners tend to agree on after visiting Japan.

The diversity of food you find there is to die for.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine: you’re in the …

The Essential Guide to Understanding Japan’s National Mascot Obsession

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Have you heard of Japan’s yuru-kyara mascots? 

Each mascot is like an anime character come to life.

We all know (and love) that Japan has a not-so-secret eccentric side.

Modern Japanese culture celebrates the sugary-sweet and the downright adorable like

5 Tokens of Japanese Fortune Telling

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Want to have your fortune told?

Fortune telling is a common practice in many countries, and Japan is no exception.

Perhaps the topic has already come up in conversation with your Japanese language exchange partner, or maybe you’ve seen …

How To Jazz Up Your Japanese With Onomatopoeia

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A young pup plays happily in the road. Woof, woof!

Until: Vroooom. Honk, honk!

Screech! Eek!

Silence.

Bark. Ruff, ruff.

Phew!

Sounds alone can tell very visual stories, but do you know how to make these sounds in Japanese?

This …

7 Useful Phrases All Japanese Learners Should Know

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It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re talking with your language partner about last week’s episode of your favorite Japanese drama.

You’re thrilled that the conversation is basic enough for you to even try adding some aizuchi in there, polite Japanese

An Introduction to Japanese Chopstick Etiquette

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How many times have you heard, “No elbows on the table!” or, “Chew with your mouth closed.”?

Growing up I heard these every single night, so by the time I left my family nest and decided to travel, I was …

The Ultimate Japanese Vocabulary List for Soccer / Football

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Like Japanese movies, dramas, and aizuchi, learning Japanese soccer vocabulary is another way to connect with other Japanese speakers.

To start, the nickname for Japan’s team is Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー).

Below are some soccer words and phrases …