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NIHONGO

Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jul 15, 2022
Retrieve your lost item in Japan with the right words
Connect verbs and adjectives using the te-form to describe your missing item and you're a step closer to getting back what you've misplaced.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Jul 1, 2022
Summer's here. It's time to find the perfect fit for your first yukata.
It's the season for festivals and fireworks displays, which is the perfect time to wear yukata, a lighter and more versatile version of kimono. Here's how to shop for your first yukata with confidence.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Jun 24, 2022
These senbei are making me thirsty! How ‘Seinfeld’ sounds in Japanese
Japanese students have been using “Seinfeld” on Netflix to bone up on their conversational English. Does the joke land when it's the other way around?
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 17, 2022
Getting ‘hai’ is more difficult than you think
It's a simple word but sometimes using a well-placed “hai” is all it takes to facilitate a good conversation in Japanese.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 10, 2022
Running your work ideas through a nemawashi cycle
Don't go into a meeting with your guns blazing. In Japan, you need to do a lot of preparation in advance so that things will go smoothly.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 3, 2022
Looking to make an escape in Japanese? You'll need to know your kanji.
As the war in Ukraine looks far from over, there is no shortage of discussions on how to “get out” of such a dangerous situation. Here's a closer look at some escape-related terms.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / Vocabulary Boost
Jun 3, 2022
Returning a pencil, returning to work and the return of Okinawa
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the return of Okinawa to Japanese control. But the word used for 'return' in this case wasn't the same as what you'd use to 'return' a pencil.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 27, 2022
Da trouble with da, the less formal cousin of desu
The simple 'da' in Japanese isn't so simple when you delve into the purposes it serves and the ways in you should be using it correctly.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 20, 2022
Use certain Japanese phrases to turn that 'mansplaining' monologue back into a constructive dialogue
Japanese dating sites tend to encourage women to listen to and praise their male partners, but the conversation doesn't have to go in one direction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 19, 2022
Baby Pikachu? Japan panel weighs accepting unconventional readings of kanji for names
The proposal is part of the Justice Ministry's push to digitize the family register by adding phonetic readings to kanji names.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 13, 2022
Finding the right words for when you discover a lost item in Japan
Take a verb and turn it into a noun simply by adding 'mono' to the end of it and you're halfway to verbalizing that you've found something that was lost.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 6, 2022
The ‘nuclear’ terms you should know when discussing current affairs
Nuclear issues are always in the news. If you want to get into discussions on these topics, it's good to know your vocabulary.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 29, 2022
Yojijukugo: The four-kanji words that pack a whole lot of meaning
Some of the more common four-kanji idioms that we use in our daily lives include the word for daily life itself. Learn a few of them to impress your Japanese friends.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 22, 2022
Linguistic strategies for winning a Japanese quiz show
Want to test your knowledge of Japanese alongside native speakers and TV personalities? Try watching a quiz show on television.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 15, 2022
Getting to know Japanese castles and picking out your favorites
The warmer weather has arrived and that provides a great opportunity to get out to some of Japan's many historical sites, starting with its castles.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 8, 2022
A well-crafted speech is powerful in any language
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been delivering a series of online speeches to various countries. Here's a closer look at how his speech in Japan was different.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 5, 2022
In Japan, April marks a fresh start for students and employees
April is a fresh start for everyone and things can get pretty busy, so don't forget to smell the flowers while you can.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 25, 2022
Are your Japanese translations sounding robotic? Opt for the human touch.
Too many companies see machine translation as their ticket to being understood in foreign countries. It can be a costly move in the long-run.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / Vocabulary Boost
Mar 22, 2022
Describing an invasion and expressing unity in Japanese amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, Japanese-language learners are discovering that there's no shortage of terms relating to “invasion” and “unity.”
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 18, 2022
A ‘beautiful’ translation does not preclude a ‘faithful’ result
There are a few myths when it comes to the accuracy of any given translation; the process is more complicated than you think.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world