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Hanami Dango (花見団子) With native lang

Japanese people often eat 団子 (dango - dumpling) while 花見 (hanami - cherry blossom viewing). This kind of dumplings is called 花見団子 (han...
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Mar 31, 2018 13:02 English essay
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Hana yori Dango (花より団子 - Dumplings rather than Flowers) With native lang

The season of cherry blossoms is gradually approaching. Speaking of cherry blossoms, many Japanese people will image 花見 (hanami - lite...
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Mar 30, 2018 14:25 English essay
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Happa wo Kakeru (はっぱをかける - Firing Someone up) With native lang

If you want to give someone a kick in the back, you may use strong language. Such an act is called はっぱをかける (happa wo kakeru) in Japane...
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Mar 29, 2018 21:52 English essay
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Shaku (尺) With native lang

The day before yesterday, I talked about 丈 (jō), which is used as a unit of length in East Asia. There is another unit of length, 尺 (s...
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Mar 28, 2018 18:03 English essay
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Waki Aiai (和気あいあい - Cozy) With native lang

I think that many people like situations where peaceful and open-minded atmosphere are filled. Such a situation or atmosphere is calle...
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Mar 27, 2018 22:07 English essay
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Daijōbu (大丈夫 - It's Okay) Part 2 With native lang

Previously, I introduced you to the Japanese term 大丈夫 (daijōbu), which is often used as the meaning of "it's okay" or "...
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Mar 26, 2018 19:58 English essay
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Nodoka (のどか - Peaceful) With native lang

I love a situation expressed as のどか (nodoka). "Nodoka" means that something is quiet, calm, and relaxing, or the weather is ...
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Mar 25, 2018 14:56 English essay
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Kawaribanko (かわりばんこ - Switching) With native lang

When people switch or change places repeatedly, we refer to the action as the Japanese term かわりばんこ (kawaribanko). かわり (kawari) means &...
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Mar 24, 2018 17:37 English essay
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Hokuro (ほくろ - Mole) With native lang

I have several ほくろ (hokuro) on my face, palms, and body, etc. "Hokuro" refers to a black spot on the body surface formed by ...
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Mar 23, 2018 09:02 English essay
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Yubune (湯船 - Bathtub) With native lang

Most Japanese houses have 湯船 (yubune). 湯 (yu) means "hot water," 船 (fune/bune) means "boat," and "yubune"...
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Mar 22, 2018 09:09 English essay
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Snow on the Vernal Equinox Day With native lang

Today is a holiday called 春分の日 (shunbun no hi). 春 (shun) means "spring," 分 (bun) means "split," 日 (hi) means "...
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Mar 21, 2018 18:17 English essay
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Te wo Yaku (手を焼く - Having Trouble with Something) With native lang

Today a graduation ceremony took place at my university. In this year, it was hard to take care of my graduating students. Like thi...
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Mar 20, 2018 18:50 English essay
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Tateba Shakuyaku, Suwareba Botan, Aruku Sugata wa Yuri no Hana (立てば芍薬、座れば牡丹、歩く姿は百合の花) Part 2 With native lang

Today's post is the continuation of yesterday's post. 座れば (suwareba) means "when she sits down," and 牡丹 (botan) mean...
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Mar 19, 2018 19:13 English essay
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Tateba Shakuyaku, Suwareba Botan, Aruku Sugata wa Yuri no Hana (立てば芍薬、座れば牡丹、歩く姿は百合の花) Part 1 With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to that 姥桜 (uba zakura) can describe a beautiful elderly lady. There is another Japanese phrase using flow...
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Mar 18, 2018 14:36 English essay
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Uba Zakura (姥桜) Part 2 With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese term 姥桜 (uba zakura), which is a popular name for cherry trees in which flowers bloom earlier...
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Mar 17, 2018 22:18 English essay
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Uba Zakura (姥桜) Part 1 With native lang

姥桜 (uba zakura) is a popular name for cherry trees in which flowers bloom earlier than leaves appear. 姥 (uba) means "old lady&quo...
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Mar 16, 2018 20:16 English essay
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Odabutsu (お陀仏 - Dying/Becoming Useless) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese term おしゃかになる (oshaka ni naru), which means to become useless. Actually, there is a similar...
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Mar 16, 2018 20:15 English essay
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Oshaka ni Naru (おしゃかになる - Becoming Useless) With native lang

When things are ruined, or something is broken and become useless, we refer to it as おしゃかになる (oshaka ni naru) in Japanese. お (o) is a ...
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Mar 14, 2018 17:47 English essay
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Bonkura (ぼんくら - Idiot) With native lang

Yesterday I introduced you to the Japanese word 間抜け (manuke - stupid). There is another Japanese term, ぼんくら (bonkura), which has the s...
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Mar 13, 2018 15:30 English essay
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Manuke (間抜け - Stupid) With native lang

I might be a person called 間抜け (manuke). "Manuke" is a word referring to a foolish, stupid, or goofy person. 間 (ma) means...
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Mar 12, 2018 08:49 English essay