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The Reason for Wanting to Marry a High-Grade Man

I was once offered a job to edit an ebook on something like “How to marry a man who earns 10 million yen a year”. I...
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Reading Japanese: Phonetic characters and Ideographic characters in Japanese 日本語の表音文字と表意文字

Today’s text is an excerpt from one of my essays in Japanese which I have written recently. I think it’s a little diffi...
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Backstrap Weaving and Japanese Old Story

In the mountainous of South East Asia, there are ethnic minorities who only wear items dyed with specific dyes. Because...
Mar 26, 2022
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Why do Japanese people want to be white?

"Why do Japanese want to be white?" My boyfriend asked me at dinner yesterday. He said that there was a session abou...
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Do you know Emoji is originally Japanese? – There is also “Kaomoji” in Japanese writings

Emojis have been used on mobile phones and more recently on computers as well, but did you know that they originate...
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“Sukiyaki (Japanese title: Ue wo muite arukou - 1962) by Kyu Sakamoto

One of the things that I have missed about Japan after moving outside of Japan in 2003 are Japanese songs. I don’t have...
Mar 23, 2022
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Language and Identity

Two days ago I received a comment on one of my Japanese blogs (not Medium) from a Japanese lady who has lived for more t...
Feb 11, 2022
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What is the difference amongst 3 styles of Kanji, Japanese, simplified and traditional Chinese?

The world of Kanji is profound and distinctive as symbolic characters. That may be a reason why you are interested in le...
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The reason why Japanese people don’t speak English

Japan seems like one of the most developed countries in Asia. However, you may be surprised that people in Japan don’t r...
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When a poet gets transformed into a beast

This is one of my favourite fiction stories written in Japanese; ‘The Moon over the Mountain’ (Japanese title: 山月記Sanget...
Feb 11, 2022
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Sleeping in trains

I read an article about Japan which said that Japanese people don’t have enough sleep compared with other countries.
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I’m Japanese, but I don’t like Manga.

Manga, which is called ‘cartoon book’ or ‘comic’ too, is one of the most popular Japanese cultures. I am proud of it as ...
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Trading Kanji and Language History between China and Japan

We, Japanese people, share the symbolic characters called ‘Kanji’ (‘Hanzi’ in Mandarin) with Chinese people. Children ev...
Nov 19, 2019
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There are no Ugly Waiters in Hong Kong

The Chinese word “小姐(xiao jie)” is one of the most frequently used words in everyday conversation and you must learn it ...
Nov 19, 2019
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Japan Airline’s Children Seat Icon causes Some Discussion Overseas

Today, I read about Japan Airlines who have added a feature to their seat maps which tell you that when a seat is reserv...
Nov 12, 2019
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Why aren’t Medium and Patreon popular among Japanese? What is the most powerful social media in Japan?

I started writing on Medium in both English and Japanese in March 2019.
Aug 8, 2021
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What picture would you draw in the Japan’s new era

It has been two weeks since we started the new era in Japan, "Reiwa". Changing the era name means that we have a new emp...
Nov 12, 2019
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Why do the Japanese say “Sorry” so often?

I read a blog article of a Japanese lady who lives in Vancouver. She said that she often says "sorry" when it is not rea...
Nov 12, 2019
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