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A Japanese commercial

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

The commercial starts out well and it looks like the child is going to have a bright future, but things do not always go the way you want. Or does it? Or not? Well here is the ad, so let’s see whether or not he is lucky indeed.  

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The Kawaii Ambassadors!!

Nov 16, 2012 No Comments

Many countries send out ambassadors to represent their country. In Japan, they have decided to create “kawaii” ambassadors for the promotion of their culture and Japanese music. Outside of Japan, not many people will probably know the word “kawaii”, but among the youth in Japan it is very popular. Also, if you are somewhat familiar [...]

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Star wars with Japanese robots

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments

Can you imagine two Japanese robots fighting each other with the light sabres from Star Wars? After writing about the book “I, Robot” I was very fascinated by it, and I just had to try and see if I could find more information about robots and see some interesting robotics technology.  It is true that [...]

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Japanese verbs, infinitive and volitional

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Verbs in Japanese, as we have seen, have a regular and formal version. So for the form masu (formal words) the –u is taken away and –imasu is added; the other verbs lose the -ru and –masu is added. As a curiosity, the verbs that lose the -u are called 五 段 (godan). Remember that [...]

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Shibuya Crossing

Oct 14, 2012 No Comments

Most documentaries discussing the overpopulation that exists in the world show this crossing, and rightly so. It is the most famous crossing in Japan, perhaps even in the world. This crossing has so much traffic, that all cars stop every two minutes at the traffic lights. Then it’s the turn for pedestrians to walk across, [...]

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Differences in the Japanese language between women and men

Oct 06, 2012 No Comments

Once you are familiar with some basic Japanese, you will have learned vocabulary, grammar and basic verbs. You can try out a few phrases and perhaps start practicing at a higher level. So everything is perfect, but what happens if you use some words in the wrong context? For foreigners it is not such a [...]

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Bathing in Japan

Sep 20, 2012 No Comments

Some time ago, I wrote about the typical house in Japan. When I met up with a Japanese friend, I got to know more about Japanese houses and how important the bathroom is for them. It is obvious that the bathroom is important in every house, but in Japan it can become one of those [...]

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