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Hanmen Kyōshi (反面教師 - A Negative Exemplar) With native lang

Hanmen Kyōshi There are many people and things that can be described as 'hanmen kyōshi' (反面教師) in the world. (It is difficu...
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Sep 30, 2019 08:54 English essay
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Neguse (寝癖 - Bed Hair) With native lang

Neguse Somehow I often have a 'neguse' (寝癖). Since 'ne' (寝) means "sleep" and 'kuse' (癖) usually ...
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Sep 27, 2019 18:06 English essay
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Umi no Sachi, Yama no Sachi (海の幸と山の幸) Part 2 With native lang

Umi no Sachi, Yama no Sachi Part 2 This entry is continuation of yesterday's post. Yesterday, I introduced 'umi no sachi...
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Sep 26, 2019 17:46 English essay
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Umi no Sachi, Yama no Sachi (海の幸と山の幸) Part 1 With native lang

Umi no Sachi, Yama no Sachi Part 1 Yesterday, I introduced some foods that are often eaten in fall/autumn in Japan. In particular, ...
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Sep 25, 2019 09:40 English essay
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Aki no Mikaku (秋の味覚 - Seasonal Food of Fall/Autumn) With native lang

Aki no Mikaku Yesterday, I introduced the term 'sanma' (サンマ), which means "Pacific saury." In Japan, 'sanma&#...
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Sep 24, 2019 13:07 English essay
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Sanma (サンマ - "Pacific Saury") With native lang

Sanma The season when 'sanma' (サンマ) becomes delicious is approaching. 'Sanma' means "Pacific saury," and ...
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Sep 23, 2019 22:19 English essay
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DRAGON QUEST WALK With native lang

DRAGON QUEST WALK On September 12th, SQUARE ENIX released a smartphone app, "DRAGON QUEST WALK" in Japan. This game uses ...
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Sep 22, 2019 19:25 English essay
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Tsuki (月 - Moon) With native lang

Tsuki I like to see 'tsuki' (月). 'Tsuki' (月) means "moon," and there are several theories about its etymo...
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Sep 21, 2019 16:26 English essay
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A Difficult Riddle With native lang

A Difficult Riddle Today I will give you a little difficult 'nazonazo' (なぞなぞ - Riddle). Q: 'Tanaka-san, Yamaguchi-san, ...
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Sep 20, 2019 11:10 English essay
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Interesting Riddles Part 3 With native lang

Interesting Riddles Part 3 Today I will give you two interesting Japanese 'nazonazo' (なぞなぞ - "Riddle"). Q1: '...
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Sep 19, 2019 10:58 English essay
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Interesting Riddles Part 2 With native lang

Interesting Riddles Part 2 Today I will give you two famous/interesting Japanese 'nazonazo' (なぞなぞ - "Riddle"). Q1...
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Sep 18, 2019 19:56 English essay
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Interesting Riddles Part 1 With native lang

Interesting Riddles Part 1 Yesterday, I introduced the term 'nazonazo' (なぞなぞ), which means "riddle." Next, I woul...
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Sep 18, 2019 14:43 English essay
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Nazonazo (なぞなぞ - Riddle) With native lang

Nazonazo When I was a child, I liked 'nazonazo' (なぞなぞ). 'Nazonazo' is a kind of games that someone says a problem s...
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Sep 17, 2019 16:05 English essay
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Ichihayaku (いち早く - ASAP) With native lang

Ichihayaku When describing you do something quickly before anyone else, you can use the Japanese expression 'ichihayaku' (いち早く...
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Sep 17, 2019 15:18 English essay
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Atarimaeda no Kurakkā (あたり前田のクラッカー) With native lang

Atarimaeda no Kurakkā Two days ago, I introduced the term 'atarimae' (当たり前), which means "of course" or "natura...
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Sep 14, 2019 11:43 English essay
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Kubi no Kawa Ichimai de Tsunagaru (首の皮一枚で繋がる - Hanging by a Thread) With native lang

Kubi no Kawa Ichimai de Tsunagaru Today I would like to introduce a phrase that describes my current situation. It is 'kubi no ...
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Sep 13, 2019 20:54 English essay
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Atarimae (当たり前 - Of Course) Part 2 With native lang

Atariame Part 2 This entry is a continuation of yesterday's post. The other theory of 'atarimae' (当たり前 - "of cours...
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Sep 12, 2019 14:52 English essay
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Atarimae (当たり前 - No Wonder) Part 1 With native lang

Atarimae Part 1 When referring to something obvious or what everybody knows, you can use the Japanese term 'atarimae' (当たり前). ...
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Sep 11, 2019 17:38 English essay
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Uhauha (うはうは - Exhilarated) With native lang

Uhauha When describing that someone is so happy and so excited, you can use the Japanese onomatopoeia 'uhauha' (うはうは). This...
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Sep 10, 2019 13:24 English essay
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Rōnyaku Nan-nyo (老若男女 - "Men and Women of All Ages") With native lang

Rōnyaku Nan-nyo The four-character idiom 'rōnyaku nan-nyo' (老若男女) refers to men and women of all ages. 'Rō' (老) mea...
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Sep 9, 2019 17:03 English essay