Use Japanese words such as "suki" or "yoi" to tell people that you liked or didn't like the opening ceremony for this year's Olympics.
For Tadasu Takahashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
With the Olympics less than a week away, police may be increasing the amount of random spot checks they regularly engage in. Learn some vocabulary to help you if you get stopped.
Learn the basics of art criticism in Japanese while taking in Katsushika Hokusai's iconic print, "Under the Wave off Kanagawa."
The terms "wake da," "wake dewa nai," "wake ga nai" and "wake ni wa ikanai" help with giving reasons … like maybe reasons why you don't want to cancel a major international event?
LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai was called out for using the term "tazan no ishi," which in English can be described as an "object lesson."
With the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we're reminded of the solidarity of the people of Tohoku. Now if only we could find that unity in our politics.
As with most disasters, it's better if you do your preparations for some scenarios while things are safer. Of course, that includes knowing the language of emergencies.
The first few weeks of 2021 have been eventful to say the least. Make sure to take a note of the new vocabulary you're hearing in order to keep up with the talk of the town.
The vocabulary surrounding the state of emergency is back in the headlines as Tokyo gets set for new guidelines. When people go against those guidelines, well, the excuses start.
The 20 Questions format aims to get people in Japan to tell us about their thoughts and beliefs in their words. Here are some of the most interesting answers from 2020.