Category Archives: Japanese

Doraemon: The Robot Cat from the Future

As mentioned previously, while we were in Japan, we saw lots of promotions for the latest Doraemon movie, “STAND BY ME ドラえもん”, you can see here. In Tokyo, we found a “park” full of Doraemon statues like so: Including this … Continue reading

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Which Japanese Kanji Are Worth Learning First?

Hello, I was writing this post prior to my trip to Japan, but I finally have time to finish it. As readers might recall, I’ve been using the Heisig Method to learn Japanese kanji (chinese characters), and have learned about … Continue reading

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Dune in Japanese 砂の惑星

「ここにあるのはあんたに使う新しいもの、ゴム・ジャバール。これは動物のみ殺すのだよ。」誇りがポウルの恐怖にうちなった。「公爵の息子が動物だというのか?」「まああんたは人間かもしれねぬということにしておこう。。。静かに!」 “…here’s a new one for you: the gom jabbar. It kills only animals.” Pride overcame Paul’s fear. “You dare suggest a Duke’s son is an animal?” he demanded. “Let us say, I suggest you may be human,” she said, … Continue reading

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Pacman, Ghosts and Japanese

Remember Pac-Man? I know most readers have heard of Pac-man, and most have probably played it too. Pac-Man is more than 30 years old, and is still a classic. I remember seeing Pac-man for the first time when I was … Continue reading

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Learning to Count in Japanese, the Hard Way

In my last post, I mentioned a great comedy show in Japanese called めちゃ×2イケてるッ! (mecha mecha iketeru). This is a sketch comedy show that has remained popular over the years. Another popular sketch they did was to pretend to be … Continue reading

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Japanese “Buddhist” Comedy

Years ago, when my wife and I were first married, we used to watch a famous sketch-comedy show on Japanese TV called めちゃ×2イケてるッ! (mecha mecha iketeru). It features a well-known comedy group, Ninety-nine, starring Okamura Takashi and Yabe Hiroyuki, and … Continue reading

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Was The JLPT Worth It?

Recently, I had a good conversation with a new blog reader about the JLPT (日本語能力試験). Long-time readers might remember that I studied (and passed) the JLPT N4 (formerly called the JLPT3) many years ago, then the N3 and finally the … Continue reading

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