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Booking 桂離宮(Katsura Imperial Villa) and Others in Kyoto

Do you want to visit 桂離宮(Katsura Imperial Villa), 修学院離宮(Shugakuin Imperial Villa), and 仙洞御所(Sento Imperial Palace)? More than a few peopl...
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Jul 12, 2011 22:37
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Which are you of your friends, 親友, 心友, or 信友?

Today’s Nikkei (online) wrote about schoolchildren who use words like 親友, 心友, 信友 differently. Those words came from 親友 (close friends) an...
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Jul 12, 2011 09:48 Japanese_language 漢字
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子曰、攻乎異端、斯害也已矣

This is a passage from the Analects (論語) of Confucius. There are two understandings on the passage since old times. To learn heresy (dif...
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Jul 11, 2011 20:05
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そうでした / ようでした / ように見えました / …いそうでした

He seemed happy. 彼は嬉しそうでした。(a) 彼は嬉しいようでした。(b) The basic meaning of both is the same, but (b) sometimes sounds like you are doubting ...
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Jul 11, 2011 09:18 Japanese_language 「そう」 「よう」
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I was slightly disappointed at Hunk Hosono Goshi (細野豪志).

細野豪志 is a minister who is young, able, and very hunk. Many people think he is a front-runner of future Prime Minister of Japan. However, ...
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Jul 9, 2011 13:45 politics
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The Chinese government confesses to his crime.

According to the Japanese press, a spokesperson of the Chinese government said that the technology of the Chinese bullet trains is extrem...
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Jul 9, 2011 10:13 China intellectual_property
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Prime Minister Kan is doing a good job lately.

PM Kan is doing a good job, though the mass media are writing differently. He caused an incompetent major minister mention his resignatio...
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Jul 9, 2011 09:32 原発 politics
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NHK announcer Takeda Shin’ichi speaks uniquely.

Several people have told me that the Japanese language is easier to master than languages like Chinese and Thai, because the Japanese lan...
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Jul 8, 2011 20:46 Japanese_language
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I get chewed out about desu/masu (です/ます).

Some people got slightly mad at me when I did not use desu/masu on lang-8. I think many people consider the difference between desu/masu ...
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Jul 8, 2011 16:14 Japanese_language 「です」 「ます」
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食事をした後 or 食事をする後?

This exercise is from a book by Prof. Mark Petersen. According to him, basic learners of Japanese often make a mistake. Please write your...
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Jul 8, 2011 12:11 Japanese_language 時制
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Italian government and enterprises invite Fukushima families to Rome.

According to the press, the “Italian Friends for Japan” project is inviting many families around the Fukushima Plant to Rome. They can st...
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Jul 7, 2011 20:01 Japanese_language
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Dr. Frog International Holding Ltd. (博士蛙国際控股)

Today’s Nikkei wrote about Boshiwa International Holding Ltd., which is, I hear, the industry leader in children’s clothing in China and ...
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Jul 7, 2011 08:30 China
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It is an epidemic that China gets.

According to the Japanese press, the Philippine government forbade a Chinese diplomat entering the Philippine government’s office. The pr...
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Jul 6, 2011 21:53 China
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Japan’s changing ‘gaijin’ CEOs

Jonathan Soble at FT wrote about changing Japanese enterprises asking gaijin CEOs for a new role. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/239aee...
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Jul 6, 2011 09:56 Japanese_language
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The Case When I Wanted to Say 当然と言えば当然だ

I just learnt there are people who speak Chinese but use Russian letters (Cyrillic) daily. They are Dungan (東干), who live in Kyrgyzstan, ...
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Jul 5, 2011 22:57
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A Kind of Assimilation Pressure

A minister, Matsumoto, who took charge of the reconstruction after the Great Earthquake, just resigned, even though he just took up the p...
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Jul 5, 2011 12:44 politics Japanese_language
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The chair of Kawasaki Industries says filing a suit against China is possible.

While the Chinese government insisted that the Chinese bullet trains were created on 100% Chinese intelligent properties, the chair of Ka...
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Jul 5, 2011 11:46 intellectual_property China business international
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Do you know the best etymological dictionary for Russian?

I have heard that a Japanese-Russian dictionary, コンサイス露和辞典 by 井桁貞義, is fairly good. Although I am not an expert in this field, if you are...
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Jul 5, 2011 00:12
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Why are Korean children better than Japanese ones?

According to the OECD’s survey (PISA), South Korea got a good record in digital reading. They were the best among the participating natio...
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Jul 4, 2011 22:06 Japanese_language
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誰々を傷つけたとしたら申し訳ない

If I were a native speaker of English and you were a learner of English, you would think I knew English more than you. However, it is not...
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Jul 4, 2011 17:21 Japanese_language