If you are interested in samurais or Japanese history, you should know Shinsengumi, the last samurai corp! What is Shinsengumi? Shinsengumi (新選組, meaning “New Selected Group”) was a special police force during Japan’s Bakumatsu period (late 19th century). It was founded to maintain peace and order of Kyoto and to fight against the anti-Shogunate reformists. The founding… Continue reading Shinsengumi, Japan’s Last Samurais
The 20th Hino Shinsengumi Festival was fantastic! I went with a friend from the US and both of us really enjoyed it. ➡ What are Shinsengumi and Hino? Briefly, it was a festival featuring the “last samurais” called “Shinsengumi”, who lived late Edo period (late 19th century). There was a big parade and many performances such as… Continue reading Hino Shinsengumi Festival 2017 (report)
If you are interested either in samurais, Edo period or Japanese traditional culture, you can’t miss this event! Hino Shinsengumi Festival Held on: 13th and 14th of May, 2017 Place: Around Hino station (JR Chuo Line) and Takahata-fudo station (Keio Line) Time: 10 am – 5 pm (JST) There’ll be so many programs around these… Continue reading Shinsengumi (Samurai) Festival in Tokyo
This is a sequel to my previous post, where I explained the basic usage of the Japanese demonstrative adjectives この(kono), その(sono) and あの(ano). In this post, I’ll show you exceptional usages of the Japanese demonstrative adjective あの. Usually you should use その to refer to something that has already been mentioned in the conversation, but… Continue reading How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 2: あの or その?
Many Japanese learners have trouble using the demonstrative adjectives あの(ano) and その(sono). In many cases, they use あの more widely than it actually covers, where その should be used. Are you also struggling with them? Or maybe you’re not sure if you are correct? Okay, let’s start with the basic usage of the Japanese demonstrative… Continue reading How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 1: この, あの or その?
Though I just started learning Korean, I started resuming Spanish last week. I studied Spanish for about four months last year and improved up to a conversational level, but hadn’t studied at all since last summer. I was going to resume it at the end of this month or in June, but I jumped to… Continue reading Resuming Spanish
I’ll be holding the following charity events for the Kumamoto earthquake victims. Your participation and/or share on SNSs would be greatly appreciated! International Charity Walk & Talk! Let’s enjoy a language and cultural exchange while walking, and send our prayers to Kumamoto! The aim is not hardcore exercise, so the pace will be leisurely. 😉 We’ll be… Continue reading Let’s Walk & Talk in Tokyo / Kamakura! (Charity for Kumamoto)
This is a sequel to the previous entry, where we talked about two ways of saying “thank you” in Japanese. Here comes the last and most common one! 3) ありがとうございます。 This is in the present tense, but you can use it either for ongoing matters, things that are almost done, or those in the past. Yes,… Continue reading ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 2
You might have heard ありがとうございます and ありがとうございました in similar situations and wondered what the difference between them is and which is correct to use. I’ll give you a very simple answer. Actually, either is fine in most cases! Yaaay!! Great news, huh?😆 So, what’s the difference? Let’s start with the simplest one. 1) ありがとう。 This… Continue reading ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 1
I often see some Japanese phrases that are grammatically correct but unnatural in terms of cultural context. Here are some of them that are frequently used on some language learning sites or apps. 1) てつだってください。 It literally means “please give/lend me a hand,” but it’s not common when you ask someone to teach or advise… Continue reading Unnatural Japanese Phrases Frequently Used on Language Learning Sites and What to Say Instead