16/07/2019 Bars & Restaurants

The Burger Shop: Try Abe & Trump’s Cheeseburger

If you are looking for a new place for lunch, and craving an American-style burger, how about trying the very special burger they created for President Trump during his state visit to Japan? Read on to find out more about “The Burger Shop” recently opened in the center of Tokyo.

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05/07/2019 Japanese Language

Breaking Down (Over) Kanji Part 1: An Introduction to the Challenges of Reading Japanese

For upper-intermediate Japanese learners, successfully reading blog posts, newspapers, and magazine articles can feel like winning what I call the “kanji lottery.” Daily communications such as text messages and e-mails are second nature, as they contain commonly used kanji characters that have been drilled into our brains through years of practice and use. However, trying to read a legal contract or technical article knocks us right off our high horses, making us feel like beginners all over again. Indeed, life as an upper-intermediate reader of Japanese is a strange, quasi-literate existence.
As someone who has been speaking, studying, typing, and reading Japanese for over a decade, it’s often difficult to articulate my progress in the language to people I meet while visiting my old stomping grounds in the U.S. When I mention how long I’ve lived in Japan, I’ll often hear something like “Wow, you must be fluent in Japanese by now.” Am I proficient? Yes. Fluent? Well, that depends on one’s definition of fluency. When it comes to literacy, the ability to read and write Japanese, explaining my ability becomes much more complicated.
I can live my life in Japanese but there are still so many things that I struggle to read and comprehend. After 10 years of living in Japan, how is that possible?
In this article, I’ll walk you through what it takes to become fully literate in Japanese. This article is meant for those who have never studied Japanese. However, those of you who want to relive the joy and anguish of learning basic kanji are welcome to come along for the ride.

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06/08/2018 Festivals & Events  Traditions & History  Visit: Modern Japan

The Shinjuku Eisa Festival: Experience the Spirit of Okinawa in Shinjuku

Every year, on the last Saturday of July, the streets of Shinjuku are transformed by the sights, sounds, and spirit of Okinawa. The Shinjuku Eisa Festival, a celebration of traditional Okinawan dancing, attracts over one million visitors annually and is a true spectacle to behold.

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11/06/2016 Festivals & Events

For July 27th, 2019 : Tips to Actually See Something during the Sumida River Fireworks Festival


The Sumida river fireworks festival is big summer attraction for Tokyoites. Last year more than 800,000 people visited. However, visitors are often disappointed because of the crowd and the tall buildings that obstruct the view. Here are some tips to make it a good experience.

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20/08/2018 Sports & Martial Arts  Travel Tips  Visit: Parks & Nature

10 Tips for Climbing Mt Fuji

The official Mt Fuji climbing season only lasts two months a year. From early July to early September, you can safely climb to the top of Japan’s highest peak, 3776m high! If you’ve been mulling it over, but not quite sure where to begin with your preparations, here are 10 simple tips to get you started.

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02/07/2019 Visit: Parks & Nature

Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps: an Interview with Wes Lang

If you still haven’t decided what to do this summer in Japan, how about a trek in the Japan Alps? With the rainy season ending soon, and hot and humid weather scheduled to take its place, the higher and cooler elevations of the Northern, Central and Southern Alps are the ideal place to spend an outdoor vacation. A new guidebook to the Japan Alps, with up-to-date information, written by two knowledgeable Japan-based hikers, Tom Fay and Wes Lang, will make planning your trek, as well as the trek itself, a whole lot easier.

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28/06/2019 Life and Manners in Japan

Things to Consider Before Moving to Japan: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion

With foreign residents in Japan reaching record numbers, the Tadaima Japan team thought it would be a good time to reminisce about our halcyon days in Tokyo and share a few things that we’ve learned during our time here. Representing the U.S., France, and Belgium, we have a combined experience of nearly 30 years of living and working in Japan. We hope the following tips will prove useful for those of you who are putting down roots in Japan or thinking about doing so in the near future.

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26/06/2019 Japanese Language

Going to an Izakaya: 10 Words You Won’t Learn in Japanese Class

Gathering around food and drinks in an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub is an important part of Japanese culture, and you may have heard about nomunication. Joining Japanese people at the izakaya is a good way to break the ice and to get to know them better. If you go to small, five- or six-seat places, you may even make new friends. However, there are some words useful in these situations that are usually not taught in school or in your typical Japanese language manual. Here are ten useful words and concepts that may come handy for your first (or next) izakaya experience!

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14/06/2019 Bars & Restaurants

Three Tokyo Ramen Restaurants Featured in Michelin Guides

If you are interested in Michelin restaurants and the Japanese dish of ramen, you’ve no doubt heard of Tsuta and Konjiki Hototogisu both places have been awarded one Michelin star each. Consequently, both have extremely long lines. However, the Michelin’s guide’s love story with Japan’s number one fast food dish doesn’t stop there. In this article, I will introduce three ramen restaurants in Tokyo, featured in three Michelin Guides: Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.

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16/08/2014 Life and Manners in Japan  Souvenirs  Traditions & History

3 Typical Souvenirs of the Japanese Summer

Are you looking for a gift? Something not too heavy and reasonably priced? Here are three traditional objects to bring back home as souvenirs of the Japanese hot summer!

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12/05/2017 Festivals & Events

2019 Best Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo!

Have you made your summer plans yet? It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you want to attend a fireworks festival!
In this article, I will recommend the hottest festivals in Tokyo for 2019 along with their schedules.

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