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Japanese Baby Names

Learn about naming conventions and the meanings of Japanese names. Inside are links to explore thousands of Japanese baby names.

Japanese Language Spotlight10

Sushi Socks

While Japanese are known for their love of sushi, an unusual fusion of sushi and footwear is proving equally popular with foreign tourists: "Sushi Socks."

Doyo Ushi No Hi

Japanese translation of Namiko's blog

Usagi to Kuma - Learn from a Story

Stories are a fun material to help learn a language. I will introduce the story called, "Usagi to Kuma (Rabbit and Bear)", wchis is one of Japanese folk tales.

The Japanese Convenience Store

Japanese convenience stores are generally called "konbini", which is a short form of "konbiniensu sutoa". Learn about what makes the Japanese "konbini" special from ones in North America.

Specificity of Japanese Verbs

Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. While there is only one verb used for a certain action in English, there might be several different verbs in Japanese.

Expressions of Desire

There are two ways to express desire or wish.

Conditional "~ba" form

The conditional "~ba" form is a conjunction, which indicates that the preceding clause expresses a condition. Here are some examples.

Tanabata - The Star Festival

July 7th is "Tanabata", the Star Festival in Japan. It is derived from a legend where Orihime (Star Vega) and Hikoboshi (Star Altair) are lovers separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

The Tanabata Festival in Japan and the Tanabata Story

July 7th (or August 7th in some areas) is the Tanabata, or star festival, in Japan. People write their wishes on tanzaku (colorful small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo trees along with other decorations.

Learn from a Story - Ari to Kirigirisu

This lesson introduces the story called, "Ari to Kirigirisu." "Ari" means "ant", "kirigirisu" means "grasshopper".

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