Author: Jamaipanese

Practical Japanese: No Smoking in Car No 12

Welcome to the third entry in a series I am calling “practical Japanese” where I share a photo or video showing hiragana, katakana or kanji being used in a practical everyday sense. The aim is to expand the vocabulary of fellow Japanese learners so they...

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Cooking Japanese in Jamaica – New Gleaner Lifestyle series

I was pleasantly surprised when reading the Jamaica Gleaner online today to discover the first entry in what is promised to be a  new series called “Cooking Japanese in Jamaica”. It will be written by Japanese national Ai Irisawa-Coney and will teach readers how to make some...

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Yokohama Street Magician

Street performers are everywhere in Japan – everything from stunt cyclists and clowns to musicians covering everything from reggae to hip hop. While in Japan last September there was a national holiday, I think it was “Respect-for-the-Aged Day”. My Jamaica friend living in Japan had...

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KanjiQuiz – Lightweight SRS for Android Phones

SRS is the accepted abbreviation for “spaced repetition system” a useful system for learners of languages like Japanese. There are many different kinds of SRS for Japanese learners, the most popular seems to be Anki and one of my past favourites was iKnow. There SRS I mostly use these...

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Jamaipanese.com is 6 years old today

Believe or not Jamaipanese.com turns 6 today! My blog blog just keeps getting more awesome as I enjoy writing and sharing posts related to my interests and life. It is unfortunate that so many blogs are kicking the bucket as some bloggers become inactive, but...

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Gundam Theme Park coming to Tokyo – Gundam Front

Gundam fans in Japan and worldwide really do love their giant robots. Multiple showings of the Life-sized Gundam and a permanent Gundam cafe in Akihabara is not enough so the next logical step is to have a mini theme park! No, that is not a...

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Japan Snippet – Nagoya Castle at Night

I’ve read about and seen many dreamy photographs on the many Japanese castles all over the country but in the end I only managed to see one castle while in Japan – Nagoya Castle. It was at night, I didn’t even go on the grounds...

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A Two Hour Trek Through Meiji Shrine

Tokyo is a massive city with skyscrapers that touch the sky and a frantic buzz that goes on 24 hours a day all day everyday. Meiji Shrine is a huge temple, complex, forest and Shinto shrine in the heart of Tokyo that offers an escape...

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Now Playing: Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Christmas gift to myself was Star Wars: The Old Republic the new massively multiplayer online role-playing game built by Bioware but set in the well known and loved Star Wars universe. I’ve never been much of a MMORPG player but being the inquisitive gamer...

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Japanese Culture and Calendar Exhibition 2012

It was that time of year again when the Japanese Embassy in Jamaica had their Calendar exhibition and although I was there in 2009, 2010 and 2011 I still enjoyed it again this year. It felt even more special as many of the friends I have...

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