Hitomi Tashiro

For Hitomi Tashiro's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Apr 6, 2014

Futari-wa dō-yatte shiri-atta-no?

Today, we will introduce the proper use of 合(あ)う, which attaches to a main verb. X [verb in masu form without masu] 合(あ)う adds the meaning that two or more people/things do the same action [X], creating a reciprocal effect.

| Mar 30, 2014

A, kawaii neko!

Today, we will introduce the various meanings and usages of two adjectives かわいい (cute/lovable) and こわい (scary/scared) and their related expressions.

| Mar 16, 2014

Chotto, kōen-wo sanpo-shite-kimasu

Chotto, kōen-wo sanpo-shite-kimasu. (I’m just taking a walk in the park.) Situation 1: On Sunday, Mr. Shiba is going out to take a walk. 夫: ちょっと、公園を散歩してくるよ。 妻: それなら、スーパーの前を通るでしょ。おしょうゆを買ってきて。 Otto: Chotto, kōen-wo sanpo-shite-kuru-yo. Tsuma: Sore-nara, sūpā-no mae-wo tōru-desho. O-shōyu-wo katte-kite. Husband: I’m just taking a ...

| Feb 23, 2014

Sakki-kara damarikonde-shimatte

Today we introduce some usages of the verb 込(こ)む (to be crowded) and related vocabulary. 込む describes that a place is crowded, as in: 電車(でんしゃ)が込んでいて、すわれなかった (The train was too crowded to get a seat).

| Feb 16, 2014

Nante kanshin-na ojōsan-nano!

Today we will introduce the usage of the two nouns that are homonyms but are written with different kanji, かんしん(感心)and かんしん(関心), and their related expressions.

| Feb 9, 2014

Honto-ni yoku nite-iru

Today we will introduce various meanings and usages of adverb よく(well). よくis the adverbial form of adjective よい/いい (good) and is used as an adverb in various meanings.