Japanese Culture and Travel

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Shuri Castle destroyed by fire

Another loss for Japan, but luckily no one was hurt. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191031_09/ https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191031_41/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-castle-fire/fire-destroys-japans-world-heritage-list...

5 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - November 17, 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...

12 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - November 5, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis (2019)

TIL the name "Hagibis" is from the Philippines (Tagalog?) and means "rapidity" or "swiftness". I hope everyone in the projected path is taking safety precautions. Western news coverage indicates a monster storm.

4 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - October 13, 2019

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Hi Tony, I agree that all of the N5 vocab is in this course. The section that will help all aspiring JLPT N5 candidates is the Language and Culture section as this is where the grammar is explained, in a relatively simple way I might add.

154 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 28, 2019

Lesson needs an update: 4.9 Culture: Japanese Eras (Reiwa)

They may need a bit of time to fix this one up or adjust it. I believe from past information that all of these lessons were written many years ago.

4 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - August 27, 2019

Travel

I plan to travel to Japan in 2021 and I am wondering which place(s) will be the best to visit when I go there. I will be there for a week or so during the cherry blossom season. There will be a group of 4-5 people coming with me and the plan is to stay at...

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - August 21, 2019

Japan Travel

I plan to travel to Japan in 2021 and I am wondering which place(s) will be the best to visit when I go there. I will be there for a week or so during the cherry blossom season. There will be a group of 4-5 people coming with me and the plan is to stay at...

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - August 15, 2019

Japanese Fonts

I found this resource online and thought others might be interested. https://www.freejapanesefont.com/

1 reply - Last post by toru e - July 18, 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

It can be used with most sentences and is a fairly common use of words 買って行く buy and go 持って行く take with 持って来る bring with 食べて行く eat and go I was studying the above more recently for my N4 test in July and just looking at the makeup of the words it is eas...

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

AnimeLab

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

I think mo in that lesson has the meaning of "too" as in: "can you do this too for me ?". At least that's how I see it. Not 100% sure if it's correct though :) Sayaka-sensei has some really good explanations in these situations. It would be great if she ...

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

Countryside Homestay Experience | Traditional Japan House In Akita https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_5_U6Jmjbw Approximately 14 minutes, Japanese & English spoken.

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

Where did japanese come from?

Here's an article from BYU: http://linguistics.byu.edu/classes/ling450ch/reports/japanese.htm Enjoy!

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

Kumano Kodo / Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage

No idea!  What I would say though is that if you have basic conversational Japanese, and be able to read a good amount of kanji then you should be ok.  When in doubt, you could also have a list of questions to ask for specific situations.  You could also ...

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

How polite to be

Probably just normal politeness would be fine, ie. -masu endings, but not plain forms of verbs nor keigo. Though, I haven't used anything but plain Japanese for a while now...

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

Familiarization with Japanese culture?

The nice thing is that the quiz sections even have some questions on culture too, so you're actually encouraged to read the culture lessons.

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

Life in Japan

I'd like to throw my 5 yen in here.. I've been living in Japan for about 3 months now, and I've just joined the Rocket program to try and accelerate my learning. I visited Japan for about a month last year with my kendo team, but now I'm in another part 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?

One correction:  the song was sung by Sayaka at the end of Lesson 6.5, not 6.7.  Sorry. Kelvin Pak

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

Japanese similar to korean

Korean has fewer characters that make it easier and faster to learn. I've known folks who have picked up the alphabet very quickly and they can read words within a few hours. Don't know what the words mean of course but they can easily check. It makes the...

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

hotel reservation confirmation

Thanks, guys. Problem now is the hotel staff dont seem to be getting back to me on this. Am therefore planning to get someone to call them for me when I arrive in Japan. Could I ask how to translate the following please?: 1. "Could you please help me c...

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

Confusing interpretation

Thanks for clearing that up. Emlyn, that was troubling me too.

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

Backpacking or camping in Japan

Well, I haven't done any camping in Japan, but I truthfully never saw any extra large hornets... just normal sized ones. Anyways, you might find these sites helpful: List of Japanese Camp Sites: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/rest/outdoor/camping.h...

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!

My favorite mangas are shoujo, slice-of-life, and comedy. Yotsuba&! is my favorite :3

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

Where to go and what to do?

I would want to go to Japan in the spring so I could see the cherry blossoms! (hmm...what do they call it? ...Hanami?)

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

Studying Abroad

I don't know, I'm in a town with no train station and have yet to ride a train besides the shinkansen.

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

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