Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Jan 19, 2013

Signs of Kansai

by Thomas Dillon

At the end of lunch with an old friend, I point out yet another hole in my Swiss cheese knowledge of Japan. "I've never really understood this whole 'Kansai/Kanto' thing. I mean, sure, I've traveled to Kyoto, Osaka and so on. But I've never figured ...

Dialect-rife Japan can be tongue-twisting

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Dialect-rife Japan can be tongue-twisting

by Eric Johnston

The islands of Japan have many dialects, and students of the language often realize these variations are not taught in classrooms. Strong regional accents, and grammatical structures and vocabulary different from standard Japanese, are proof of the country's linguistic and regional diversity, a diversity often ...