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Who is Oprah Winfrey? With native lang

Who is Oprah Winfrey? I heard her name many times, but I didn't know what kind of person she is until I listened to her commencement ...
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Dec 24, 2013 20:39
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All the Spice Has Gone Out of Life With native lang

Nowadays, even though increasing number of Japanese people send New Year's greetings by e-mail or text message, many of us still writ...
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Dec 19, 2013 23:58
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"Kujira (Whale) Construction" 「クジラ構文」 With native lang

When I was in high school, I was required to memorize the following sample sentences and understand their meanings in an English grammar ...
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Dec 16, 2013 17:56
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Japanese Food Crosses All Borders With native lang

A few days ago, Washoku (Japanese food) was added UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. On that day, I earned that UNESCO had alread...
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Dec 9, 2013 18:02
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Two Anecdotes About Senno Rikyu With native lang

Today I read two interesting anecdotes of Senno Rikyu, a master of the tea ceremony, who lived from the Sengoku period (Age of Civil Wars...
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Dec 3, 2013 22:01
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Is There a Little Truth in Every Joke? With native lang

The day before yesterday, I posted an article about "Group activities" that is one of Japanese characteristics. That topic remi...
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Nov 27, 2013 20:14
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Is There Nothing to Be Afraid of If Everyone Jaywalks On A Red Light? With native lang

Generally speaking, Japanese people like group activities. Many of them go abroad in large groups. A group of company employees go to a r...
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Nov 25, 2013 11:29
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Driving a Kawaii Car with Stars in My Eyes With native lang

Nowadays, the term "Kawaii" is frequently used by a wide age range of Japanese women. It is a synonym of pretty, lovely, sweet,...
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Nov 20, 2013 23:30
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Excessive Announcements May Spoil the Passengers' Moods With native lang

Whenever you get on a train or a subway in Japan, you probably hear following announcements. "We will soon arrive at 〜." "...
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Nov 18, 2013 22:02
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Watching Clouds May Increase Your Right Brain Activity With native lang

I like seeing clouds. Especially, it's fun to see weird shaped clouds that look like animals or people. When I saw Angel's ladder...
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Nov 15, 2013 17:07
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You Shouldn't Ask A Woman's Age Without A Good Reason With native lang

I traveled to Korea last week and I had an opportunity to talk with a male foreign traveler on a bus. We enjoyed having a casual conversa...
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Nov 11, 2013 17:37
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Enjoying Time with Friends Helps One Adjust to New Surroundings With native lang

A friend of mine, who stayed in the US for two years, told me about his difficulties when he went to America for the first time. He arriv...
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Nov 1, 2013 17:08
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Have You Ever Thought About "Guy" Before? With native lang

I recently read a very short article about Guy Fawkes Day. It is a unique British festival that has been celebrated for more than 400 yea...
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Oct 28, 2013 21:27
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Genuine Japanese "Omotenashi" With native lang

I go to my calligraphy teacher's house to learn calligraphy twice a month. She's in her eighties and lives alone, but she's v...
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Oct 25, 2013 19:34
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You Don't Need To Be a Yes-man All The Time With native lang

Since I worked at an major English school, I had many chances to have casual conversations with foreign coworkers. When I had some Englis...
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Oct 23, 2013 18:32
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I Know "My Headache Is Killing Me" Is a Common Expression, However.... With native lang

I remember one of my American friends once said, "My nightshifts are killing me." and another foreign friend used to say "...
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Oct 20, 2013 19:05
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We've Been Having Freakish and Abnormal Weather Worldwide With native lang

On Wednesday night, the typhoon hit Izu Oshima Island, Japan. Torrential rains triggered mudslides and they caused a severe damage to the...
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Oct 18, 2013 09:01
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I Couldn't Stop Imagining Her Appearance With native lang

I used to watch an American sitcom, "Frasier" on DVDs. In that drama, Niles Crane, who is a main character, Frasier Crane's...
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Oct 14, 2013 20:31
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Taking Legal Action is The Last Resort for Japanese People With native lang

Recently, one of my acquaintances filed a suit for wrongful dismissal against the former company. His family and hundreds of supporters ...
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Oct 11, 2013 19:45
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A Flamenco Flashmob Performed at Marubiru, Tokyo With native lang

Yesterday, I saw a Flamenco Flashmob that was performed at Marubiru (a Marunouch building ) in Tokyo on YouTube. A slender couple started...
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Oct 7, 2013 21:16