Category: Japan

Japanese Woman Living In My Closet

I recently discovered and have been listening to a catchy song called Japanese Woman living in my Closet by the indie rock band Miniature Tigers a lot lately so  I thought I’d share the audio addiction so you all can consider adding it to your...

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Basic Japanese has Inflitrated my Vocabulary

I have been studying Japanese on and off far too long to not be good at it and while I have sought to blame my delinquency on the lack of opportunities to practice, my inability to remain motivated, a ‘busy’ lifestyle and procrastination there are...

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Kana Invaders Flash Game

Simple easy to play games are often used to teach languages. I recently discovered an interesting flash game called Kana Invaders that puts an genius twists on the popular Space Invaders game. Instead and shooting invading aliens you can shoot invading hiragana and katakana! Very...

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One Year Since my Japanese Drama Plunge

It’s a year since my decision to started watching Japanese dramas properly with the aim being to expose myself to naturally spoken Japanese in an attempt to improve my own learning of the language while hopefully being entertained. A year later I have watched 7...

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Stand UP!! – Japanese Drama

After almost drowning in a sea of tears while watching Innocent Love I decided that the next Japanese drama I would check out after that would have to be more cheerful. Stand UP!! is a drama that is as cheerful as they come and with...

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Otaku Encyclopedia and Crazy for Kanji

My quest to rediscover my reading mojo has been proving quite successful, the last Japan related book I read through was Japan: An Illustrated History and a few school and non Japan related books later I decided to get two more books, they are Crazy...

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Innocent Love – Japanese Drama

Innocent Love is the 6th Japanese drama I took the time to watch in it’s entirety and the second most recommended one behind Great Teacher Onizuka. The main reason I didn’t watch it earlier is because I judged it from just looking at the advertising...

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Phonetikana – Katakana Typeface

What do you do when you are a designer and have to make frequent trips to Japan but you are unable to find the time to learn to read or speak the language? Why design a katakana typeface that has English phonetic sounds embedded of...

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Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka or GTO as it is often abbreviated is a very popular Japanese drama that was originally a manga series. It was one of the first series recommended to me when I decided to take my Japanese drama plunge. With only a few...

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Yokohama Reggae Festival 2009 Info

Jamaican culture, especially Jamaican music is popular in Japan. The yearly One Love Jamaica Festival in Tokyo is a big attraction, reggae parties are well attended and there are even a few Jamaican restaurants in Japan. A few years ago though I remember seeing a...

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