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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...
20.11.2019
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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...
19.11.2019
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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 ...
19.11.2019
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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...
12.11.2019
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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.
12.11.2019
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Philosophy of Japanese Toilets

It was a long time ago when I read the book ”In’ei Raisan (English title: ‘In Praise of Shadows’)”, written by a Japanes...
12.11.2019
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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...
12.11.2019
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Japanese Drinking Culture (1) In a Train

Since I started travelling to some countries, I realized that drinking habit is different from country to country, from ...
12.11.2019
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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...
12.11.2019
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Why do Japanese people say, “I can’t speak English,” even when they can understand basic English?

When I used to recruit people in Hong Kong, I always used to ask them if they could speak English, in Cantonese. 40% of ...
12.11.2019
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Japan’s New Era – ‘Reiwa’. ..Do we really need it?

The Japanese government has revealed the new imperial era "Reiwa", will begin on 1 May 2019. The BBC wrote that it means...
12.11.2019
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Who are the most British-like people in Japan?

Have you ever found that it is not straightforward to understand what Japanese people really are saying? It sometimes is...
12.11.2019
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Where did the Fortune Cookie come from?

When I first went to a Vietnamese restaurant in Montreal, Canada, I was served so-called "Fortune Cookies", after the me...
12.11.2019
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Extra revenue generating activities are officially allowed in Japan since 2018

Recently the Japanese government encouraged companies to allow their employees to make money on the side. Most of them h...
12.11.2019
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