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Showing posts with label Language. Show all posts

June 01, 2024

Japanese Saying #2

Picnic at Fireworks event in summer

Japanese Saying

前 お 見ながら 足元 わせれず

Mae o minagara ashimoto waserezu

"While looking ahead, don't forget your feet"

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January 12, 2024

Funfact: What is Genkouyoushi and how do I use it?

Fun Fact: 

Genkouyoushi or in Japanese Kanji 原稿用紙 is a specific type of printed writing paper
It can can be used to write horizontally (yokogaki) or vertically (tategaki)

Correct use of genkō yōshi (400 square sheet shown):

  1. Title on the 1st column, first character in the 4th square.
  2. Author's name on the 2nd column, with 1 square between the family name and the given name, and 1 empty square below.
  3. First sentence of the essay begins on the 3rd column, in the 2nd square. Each new paragraph begins on the 2nd square.
  4. Subheadings have 1 empty column before and after, and begin on the 3rd square of a new column.
  5. Punctuation marks normally occupy their own square, except when they will occur at the top of a column, in which case they share a square with the last character of the previous column.

The paper comes in two variations, 

paper with 

1. 400 squares per page or 

2. 200 squares per page and 20 squares per line. 

It is normal to put one character or punctuation per square.

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January 05, 2024

Ten Japanese words you must know when you engage with Japanese customers 🌸

1. Sumimasen - Excuse me

2. Gomen Nasai - Sorry, my apologies

3. Arigatou Gozaimasu - Thank You (Polite)

4. Doumou - Thank you (casual)

5. Honto ni - Really

6. Mou ikai yukkuri kudasai - Could you please repeat that

7. Wakarimashita - I understand

8. Choudou ii - perfect, just right

9. Hai - yes, ok, I am listening

10. Iie - No

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August 15, 2023

Why do Japanese send postcards in Autumn and Summer?

"The middle of July in Japan is called Risshū (立秋), which is

the start of Autumn (usually around the 7th or 8th of August),

during this time many people send friends, customers and 

acquaintances, what is known as a Shochū Mimai (暑中見舞

い) or a Midsummer greeting card.

Postcards which are sent after Risshū are called 

Zansho Mimai (残暑見舞い), which is a late summer greeting.

These can be sent until mid-September.

When writing a postcard during these times it is customary to

include greeting phrases such as

暑中見舞い・Shochū Mimai


(shochū mimai / zansho mimai moushi agemasu)

at the beginning of the letter

Source: Friends of Japan newsletter

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April 27, 2022

Part time work for Japanese students studying abroad

Part-Time Work for International Japanese Students

Often when institutions recruit international students they have an employment service that caters only to the needs of local students.

The current challenge for institutions is to create meaningful part-time work opportunities for Japanese students while they are studying.

As English language skills are very important to Japanese students institutions should consider jobs that allow students to enter at their current language skills and to progress.

The ability to work with local people also helps students' cultural knowledge and helps build confidence.

Key Points:

Q. What part-time work opportunities are available at your institution for international Japanese students? 

Q. Do the opportunities available allow them to participate with their current language level, allow them to meet and work with local people?

April 20, 2022

A brief introduction to the 🌸Japanese language

This is a very brief introduction to the structure of the Japanese language

Japanese has five vowels which are A, I, U, E, O

Japanese Word


English meaning

Savoury pancake





Sentence construction

I am looking for the book

Subject: I

Object: book

Verb: looking 

Japanese: (Watashi wa) hon o sagashite imasu

Subject: I

Object: book

Verb: searching

💥 You will notice the order is different


1. Hiragana - 50 symbols

Words of Japanese origin are written in this script, for example:

a, i, u, e o
あ、い、 う、え、お

ka, ki, ku, ke, ko
か、き、 く、け、こ

sa, shi, su, se, so
さ、し, す、 せ、そ

Learn more about Hiragana here 

2. Katakana - 50 symbols

Words of foreign origin are written in this script, 

for example:

a, i, u, e, o

ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

English word

Ice Cream



Written in Katakana as


Learn more about Katakana here 

3. Kanji - thousands of Chinese characters

Characters of a Chinese origin are used to convey sounds, words, pictures, and ideas, 

for example:

English Word


Japanese word


Written in Kanji as

In Japanese, many Chinese characters have more than one  meaning,

for example:

On'yomi 音読み: 

Readings derived from the Chinese pronunciations.

Kun'yomi 訓読み: 

The original, indigenous Japanese readings.

For example:

The character 城 has many meanings

* Onyomi or Chinese reading is JOU which means castle

* Kunyomi or Japanese reading is SEI

* Japanese reading which is Shiro or white

To simplify the Chinese characters in Japan multiple meanings are applied to the same character which reduces the number of characters learners need to memorize but increases the number of meanings one has to remember and try when reading the character.

Learn more about Japanese Kanji here

4. Romaji - This is when Japanese words are written in English characters, for pronunciation, using a dictionary and for teaching non - Japanese.


* Written Japanese combines the three scripts 
Katakana, Kanji, Hiragana together.

English Sentence:

Do you like ice cream?



Aisukureemu wa suki desu ka?

Written in Japanese as


Katakana = アイスクリーム

Hiragana = は  きですか

Kanjii = 

💥 Note in Japanese:

There is no spacing between words and the reader must identify the grammar, nouns, and verbs to correctly read the characters and therefore the right pronunciation.

* Japanese is written in columns starting at the top right-hand corner of the page and continuing to the left-hand side of the page.

* Newspapers, books, and magazines are read from the back page to the front page.

🌸 Hope you found this useful! 

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December 11, 2015

Japanese saying “Nana korobi, ya-oki”

Red Tailights in Tokyo traffic copyright peter hanami 2010
Picture: Red Tailights in Tokyo traffic

“Japanese saying, “Nana - korobi, ya-oki” - Fall seven times, get up eight”  Takashi Ueda, President of Sanoyas Holding Corporation

Source: Dizzy Dreams by Patrick Durkin, Boss Magazine, Australian Financial Review, April 2015 issue, page 7.

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December 01, 2015

Japanese Customer 2015 the year in review Monday December 7th

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August 15, 2015

How to keep up to speed with Japanese words and terms used in business?

Canon Wordtank S501E Japanese English Dictionary for self studying Japanese

 A pocket Japanese English dictionary is a very handy reference for self studying Japanese and for studying out of home. 


* Lightweight and fits easily in your hand, pocket and bag

* Allows you to study outside home 
(you don't need to carry a large paper dictionary)

* Back lit screen so its easy to read


* Does not have every word you need
* Japanese manual

Overall, consider it as a good tool for self study


Dictionaries included:

Japanese to English - Wisdom Dictionary with 88,000 entries

English to Japanese - Wisdom Dictionary with 90,000 entries


Gakken Kanji Dictionary with 6,355 characters
Super Daijirin Japanese Dictionary with 252,000 words


* Back lit for easy to see display.
* Convenient bookmark function
* Multiple dictionary search
* Wildcard entry for both '?' and '*' 

* Jump key to quickly go to or from all 4 dictionaries.
* Wild card searches
* Adjustable text size (12/16/24pt)
* Large history function and more!!
* Batteries 2 AAA batteries last 80 hours
* Dimensions: Size 76 mm x 142 mm X 16.3 mm

* Weight:  Approximately 117 g (battery included)
* Display Size 2.4" (50.8 mm x 28.2 mm)
* Letter Input Method Romaji (English) input
* Character Display Size - Japanese and English are available
   sized 12/16/24/48 dot
* Accessories - 2 AAA batteries
* Japanese manual


The Canon Wordtank S501E is a dictionary for those with Japanese experience. This is a great reference for studying out of the house. It has English menus and you have to be patient with a Japanese manual. Do your research to make sure this product is right for you.

Video: Canon Wordtank S502 Japanese Dictionary


Source:  TheWaste95

July 14, 2015

Video: Innovative Japanese consumer advertising

Please note video is in Japanese

Japanese TV Commercials [ 2014 weeks 03 & 04 ] 
You Tube Channel