| Dec 15, 2013

Ja, haite-mimasu

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

X (= verb in te-form) + みる is usually used in various patterns, such as in X (= verb in te-form) + みて(ください) (please do X and see how it is); X (= verb in te-form) +みたい(I want to do X and see how ...

Some illuminations on the red lantern

| Dec 1, 2013

Some illuminations on the red lantern

by Minoru Matsutani

Last month, the chōchin (提灯, a Japanese traditional lantern) at Kaminarimon (雷門, the gate of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward) was replaced with a new one, the first time it has been renewed since 2003. The Kaminarimon chōchin is 3.9 meters ...

| Nov 23, 2013


A “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Oxford Dictionaries, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, last week named selfie as its 2013 word ...