Blog about studying Japanese, travel in Japan and Japanese-related events in Brighton
I’ve been coming to Japan either as a visitor or resident for nearly 20 years now. On most trips, I go to the same places, stay at the same hotels and walk the same hikes. Japan is a huge country though, and I always want to see more. Each time I come here, I always … Continue reading Some time-out in Takamatsu
I am flying back to Brighton next week from Fukuoka. I will be sad to leave Japan, especially as I wasn’t able to see as many people as I had planned this time, but the consolation is there is so much to look forward to in Brighton this summer. First of all, on June 9th … Continue reading Coming to our Summer Sushi Workshop?
One of my hobbies when travelling in Japan is katakana-watching. Katakana are phonetic characters, originally a shorthand for kanji, that were developed in the 7th century and are now primarily used in Japanese to represent words of foreign origin. Common useful examples for travellers are words such as ビール (Biiru/Beer)、コーヒー(Kouhii/Coffee), ジュース(Juusu/Juice), タクシー (Takushii, Taxi), バス … Continue reading Katakana: when English is a foreign language
The other day, my boss came to visit me in hospital. He brought me a few お見舞い(O-MIMAI /gifts visiting someone sick) among which was the best-selling manga, Doraemon. Reading the manga made me realise how useful Doraemon series can be for Japanese study. In this post, I will introduce you to an episode. I hope … Continue reading Doraemon: the robotic cat that can teach you Japanese