Japanese Culture and Travel

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test

I am just wondering if anyone else has booked in for this test while registration periods are open. They are only held twice a year. I have taken the plunge and booked in and paid for the test to take this December in Sydney. There are 5 levels to select...

115 replies - Last post by WilliamW14 - July 16, 2019

JLPT July Test

Just wondering if anyone else from this site sat the recent JLPT test just this month on the 7th in various cities around the world?

0 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - July 11, 2019

No 食べ歩き ( tabe-aruki ) in Kamakura

Today I learned a new phrase, 食べ歩き ( tabe-aruki, "eating while walking" ), though it appears to be viewed as a negative thing. An ordinance banning it passed a few months ago in Kamakura. I wonder if travelers are complying? https://japantoday.com/catego...

2 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - June 25, 2019


I have recently started watching Japanese anime as a way to further study Japanese. Leading a busy life I did not think I had access to this until an app all of a sudden popped up on my smart TV. Having a quick look it streams anime direct to my TV. I liv...

4 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - June 24, 2019

hotel plans

Hi How do I ask: 1. is breakfast included? 2. is the breakfast fee included in the plan? 3. which credit cards are accepted? Thank you!

6 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - May 27, 2019

Why are train station names sometimes in Katakana?

I was riding the Tokaido line between Yokohama Station and Shinagawa Station.  I noticed the little scoreboard that indicated the next station said カワサキ and not かわさき.  Is Kawasaki a borrowed word? The sign may have had a Kanji version as well (I remember ...

3 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - May 23, 2019

Japanese Documentaries—please suggest some

I stumbled on Behind the Cove on Netflix, and regardless of my thoughts on the subject matter I was very happy to hear native Japanese speakers in everyday situations. While Japanese movies and tv shows are helpful I think that like their American counter...

13 replies - Last post by toru e - April 30, 2019

Dōgen: Comedy & Japan (Twitter)

Worth sharing IMHO—he posts lots of funny and educational videos about Japan/Japanese. https://twitter.com/Dogen

1 reply - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - February 27, 2019

YouTube カラオケ (music videos with Japanese lyrics)

In the "9 Ways How to Stay Motivated and Have Fun when Learning a New Language" thread (see My Forum > General > Rocket Languages Blog) suggestion number 4 is to "Sing at the top of your lungs." Of course lyrics need to be learned first and my favorite wa...

11 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - February 12, 2019

Where did japanese come from?

i know that japan created japanese, but who created it? and when. thanks

9 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - June 30, 2018

Kumano Kodo / Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage

Has anyone visited one or either of these slightly more unusual Japanese travel locations? I've been before and have done some of the main tourist sites, so wanted to do something a bit more off the beaten track.    Was interested in Ise Jingu and walkin...

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - December 27, 2017

How polite to be

I'm going to Japan on holiday next year (woo!), and I was wondering how polite I should be when speaking to staff, such as hotel staff and train-station staff. I don't want to seem awkward because I'm speaking too politely, but I don't want to be rude eit...

3 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 12, 2016

Familiarization with Japanese culture?

I assume many here are learning Japanese for the purpose of visiting and/or moving there, so what do you recommend outside of this program to help familiarize yourself with the culture?

10 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 12, 2016

Life in Japan

みんなさん、こんにちは! I would life to know about how expensive is life in Japan right now :). As I would want to go and study there, I need to gather some information about the lifestyle of Japanese. The first and most important question: how much money (euros o...

25 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 12, 2016

Where can I find the English translation of the lyrics of the song "Kanpai" sung by Sayaka at the end of Lesson 6.7?

At the end of Lesson 6.7, Ms. Sayaka sang a song "Kanpai" by Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi, a great singer/songwriter.  I just loved the melody and looked it up on YouTube.  I found many reditions, some with hiragana and/or romaji.  But I could find one with English...

4 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 11, 2016

Japanese similar to korean

Is Japanese similar to Korean?

8 replies - Last post by maha266 - September 30, 2014

hotel reservation confirmation

Hi. I will be travelling to Japan & have asked the hotel to confirm my reservation. How do I ask the hotel clerk if the reservation is confirmed? Thank you!

14 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - December 7, 2013

Confusing interpretation

I am visiting Japan in April for 16 days and attempting to get though the course as quickly as possible simply to have some fun and enjoy meeting the Japanese people. I'm confused by lesson 2.2. The phrase "shashin o totte mo ii desu ka?" is interpreted ...

8 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - September 19, 2013

Backpacking or camping in Japan

I'll be backpacking through the main island with a buddy of mine next spring/summer. Kind of a chance to feel vulnerable without technology or native language and do a little bit of soul searching. I'm an experienced outdoorsman, so no worries there. I fo...

1 reply - Last post by 477580 - September 6, 2013

Programs that take you to Japan

Hi, everyone. I'm new to Rocket Japanese, as well as to studying the Japanese language, and have been looking for ways to go to Japan as cheaply as possible. I've looked into JET, but I don't feel that I could do that because I have a stutter that inhibit...

4 replies - Last post by yanagi - May 14, 2013

Japanese complex thought of politeness

I am curious why Japanese language has complex thoughts of politeness. Are there any reasons behind this? I mean in terms of traditional Japanese culture and related matters.

3 replies - Last post by Miss-P - April 22, 2013

Calling Fellow Otakus!

Konnichiwa~! Just wondering...any manga/anime fans out there? If so, what are some of your favs? >_<

8 replies - Last post by Russell-P1 - January 12, 2013

Where to go and what to do?

今日は! こんにちは!Konnichiwa! Hi! I'm planning a trip to Japan in May 2011 for two weeks. I will arrive in Tokyo and plan to travel to Okinawa for a few days SCUBA diving. I want to see Mt Fuji and visit friends in Kyoto and Osaka. Other than this I need ideas ...

17 replies - Last post by mark-k4 - August 10, 2012

Studying Abroad

Hi, im going to be studying abroad for the fall semester in Tsuru University, which is located in Yamanashi. I was wondering if anyone visited or lived there, and if so, what it is like there, like food, lifestyle, people,. Any information would be helpful.

7 replies - Last post by monie.deb - August 28, 2011

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