Category Archives: Japanese

Final Fantasy XIII-2: the novel

Hi guys, As fans might recall, I am a big fan of the game Final Fantasy XIII1, and lately I’ve been playing the sequels XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. I’ve enjoyed these games, and the story, so much that decided to … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Language | Tagged | Leave a comment

Stop Learning Kanji!

Lately, as I wrote before, I’ve been getting frustrated with the Heisig method for learning Kanji, and then switched to learning kanji using the classic grade-school method (1st grade, then 2nd grade, etc). What I found was neither system worked … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, JLPT, Language | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Buddhist Sutra Chanting in Japanese

Hello, Recently, I had an opportunity to go to a workshop on chanting Buddhist-liturgy in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition. Although not required, it will help me a lot in my efforts to get ordained as a minister. The workshop … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Chinese, Japanese, Language, Religion | 1 Comment

JLPT N1: To Take or Not To Take?

Although I’ve complained about the JLPT exam (日本語能力試験) in the past, I have been thinking about taking the final level: the N1 (一級). The N1 exam is the most difficult, and usually takes a few years to prepare. I completed … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Language

Meiji Shrine Fortune-Poem

Hello, My wife and I like to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo often. Last year, my wife was having Yakudoshi right now (maeyaku, yakudoshi, atoyaku), so she went there to get purified and avoid potential calamity. I like going just … Continue reading

Posted in Japan, Japanese, Literature, Travel

Introducing the Kokinshu

Hi Everyone, Some readers might remember that I am a fan of Japanese waka (和歌) poetry. Waka poetry, is an older form of poetry that came before haikus. When people think of Japanese poetry, they often think of haikus, but … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Language, Literature, Poetry | 2 Comments

Frustrated with the Heisig Method

As readers probably remember, I started learning Japanese kanji using the Heisig method almost 3 years ago. Some people can learn all 2,200 kanji in 4-6 weeks but I work full-time and raised a daughter so progress was much slower … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Language | Tagged | 8 Comments