Archive for February, 2012

単語 Tuesdays – Fruits

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The theme for this week’s 単語 Tuesday is some healthy foods you should eat regularly – fruits! It’s a little deeper than just a bunch of fruit names – we’ll talk about stuff you can do to them as well.


The Quietest Crowded Place on Earth

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

There is a very clear and distinct difference between the way that the people of the United States and those of Japan participate in the utilization of the public transportation medium known as the train. From the moment one prepares for the train’s arrival until the moment that he or she steps off onto the platform of his or her stop, there seems to be a commonly accepted etiquette that is to be observed. There isn’t any written rulebook that preceded the natural socially established practices that one heeds during his or her ride, but they were rather just a natural outgrowth of the general culture of Japan, which puts strong emphasis on the consideration towards others. Some of these social guidelines are so commonly observed that train companies will make written notices requesting that people abide by them when necessary.

Meet Wesley

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Wesley was born and raised in California. During high school and part of college he spent six years in the national guard. He went to college at University of California Irvine where he double majored in Psychology and Social Behavior and Sociology. One of his favorite activities is dancing.

Being TEFL certified, Wesley has been teaching English in Japan since July of 2009. Being a teacher in Japan and a fanatic of the language, he’s a perfect fit to the Kanji Daisuki team.

You can get a hold of Wesley at his twitter.

Welcome aboard, Wesley!

花見 – Celebrating Natural Beauty

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

It seems that every morning becomes more and more gorgeous as the spring and summer months approach us. Consequently, every year around this time, the Japanese Weather Association puts up a watch for one of the most recognized customs of Japanese culture: the tradition of flower viewing (mainly cherry blossoms, or sakura) known as 花見 (はなみ , hanami). Hanami is a Japanese custom that goes back to the nation’s early history.

The Geography of a Language

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

As a relatively new student to the Japanese language (and a very part-time one, at that), I find it rather interesting how much of a culture there is behind the scenes of what we normally see. Now, what I’m talking about isn’t so much the Japanese culture itself- that has its own few hundred years of history. I’m talking about the culture behind the learning of the language. There’s something to be said about a society who’s culture is slowly but surely taking over the world (Pokemon – need I say more?). There’s something even more to be said about a culture in which people from different parts of the world come together in a very “Let’s sing Kumbaya while sitting around the campfire” type of way in order to help each other learn a language that is as captivating as it is difficult.


Meet Paul

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Paul is a lover of technology, comics, anime, and most importantly the Japanese language. He feels most at home reading and learning about other cultures and loves to travel when he can. For this reason, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern are his favorite TV personalities.

Considering himself a life-long student, he’s always learning something new and interesting. Despite being relatively new to the Japanese language, he’s able to write about it passionately, making him a perfect fit to our team. He will be writing most about Japanese culture (his favorite thing), and occasionally about beginner level Japanese.

You can connect with Paul on his twitter account, @bajista33.

Welcome aboard, Paul!

単語 Tuesdays: Hair

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

First of all, before I hop into the post, I want to explain what 単語 Tuesdays are. If you don’t know the word, 単語 means “vocabulary.” Every other Tuesday will come a vocab lesson based on a theme. In today’s case, it’s hair!

Hair comes in all shapes and varieties. You can have long hair, short hair, straight hair, afro hair, blonde hair, fluorescent orange hair… you name it, someone’s got it. There are things you can do to your hair also: cut it, dye it, wash it, set it on fire… (I don’t recommend that last one.) Japanese has quite the vocabulary for hair, so let’s take a look!


Five Awesome Japanese Learning Video Games

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

One of the best ways to learn Japanese is through video games since they’re highly interactive and memorable in most cases. There are a few games out there to help children learn and Japan is no exception – especially in the writing department. There are even games for adults to practice writing (due to writing becoming a scarce act). Let’s check out a my top five games, shall we? (Note – most of these are on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii systems.)