An insider's guide to gift-giving in Japan for visitors. Omiyage (Japanese gifts) are deeply rooted in the culture, and this guide will help you navigate the tricky territory of picking out the perfect gift.
A guide on Japanese honorifics, complete with charts, quizzes, and a picture of an angry cat.
An easy guide on how to make authentic miso soup, straight from a Japanese table.
A step-by-step detailed guide on how to introduce yourself in Japanese using a Jikoshoukai. Audio clip included with lots of example sentences.
Japanese phrases that are used every day and will help fill in those gaps in conversation and build fluency. All phrases shown have audio examples added for pronunciation.
A guide on how to say "Me/I" in Japanese, going through all the standard and universally accepted ways.
Did you know that dogs are smarter than you think? Here are some studies and scientific research that back up this assertion.
A collection of 5 Japanese ghosts/monsters that I assembled based on my own personal preference. Some are classics, and some are more of an urban legend. Expect to be scared (especially by the ones further down the Hub).
A brief overview of what Shintoism is, including what is worshipped and why.
A concise guide on how to say "You" in Japanese.
More insults in Japanese, plus when and how to use them.
A guide on what phrases constitute "swear words" in Japanese, and when and how to use them.
Here is my step-by-step guide on what to do at a Shinto shrine, with tips on manners and etiquette included. I'll cover using the water fountain at the entrance and ringing the bell and bowing at the actual shrine.
A fairly comprehensive guide that teaches you the manners and customs of being a guest in someone's house in Japan.
Learning Japanese? One of the first things you'll need to know is how to introduce yourself. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to introduce yourself in Japanese by a native speaker.