Japan in a word: Senri no michi… – Even a road of a thousand miles…

I recently learned the Japanese saying 'Even a road of thousand miles begins with a single step'. In Japanese it reads 'Senri no michi mo ippo kara/ 千里の道も一歩から。' I picked it up watching the dorama 'Massan' that is currently airing on NHK. We are currently in that time of year where everyone evaluates the past... Continue Reading →

The meow song – Nekomeshi

I recently came across a Japanese song which is too cute for words. The song imitates a cat talking to its owner. Not only is the song extremely catchy, a noble stranger has taken it upon him- or herself to illustrate the song with beautiful photos on YouTube. Check out the result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHy7u4N_BAk The repeated... Continue Reading →

How unproficient are you exactly?

A few months ago I had the wonderful idea to sign up for the 'Japanese Language Proficiency Test'. It's an exam meant to test foreigners' Japanese language ability. There are five levels and I signed up for N4, which is the second to easiest level. Should be a breeze, considering that I have been studying... Continue Reading →

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