Japanese language

Kanji quiz! Find your Hokkaido spirit animal by seeing how many northern place names you can read

Is your spirit more of a Sapporo beer or a Sapporo bear? Find out with these kanji from the north that stump even Japanese people.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most hilarious Japanese euphemisms 【Weird Top Five】

“Tee hee! Your window to society is open.”

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The 10 most attractive Japanese women’s names, as chosen by dating app users

Some ask what’s in a name, but women with these monikers proved to be more popular than any others on one well-known dating app.

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Donald Trump playing cards exist in Japan thanks to McDonald’s

The words “Donald Trump” are even printed in katakana at the top of the packet.

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An introduction to the fun world of wasei eigo or Japanese-made English 【Video】

These words may seem to be English in origin, but they’re definitely Japanese words.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 offensive Japanese insults【Weird Top Five】

Need to expand your foul-mouthed vocabulary? We’ve got you covered.

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Top Japanese baby names for 2016 feature flowers and other flora on both boys’ and girls’ lists

Names with auspicious and beautiful meanings appear often in parents’ top picks.

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Survey asks Japanese women for the details of their “showdown lingerie”

When you’ve got a big day ahead of you, sometimes a little fashion-based boost can make all the difference.

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Video compares the Japanese, Korean, and American Pokémon theme songs and Pokéraps 【Video】

Which country does the Poké-songs the best?

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Buzzword Awards: Top 10 buzzwords used by Japanese high school girls in 2016

How many of these words have you heard before?

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Survey finds more than half of Japanese women’s nieces don’t call them “aunt”

Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.

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Is Japanese language becoming less discriminatory towards women?【Women in Japan Series】

The status of women in Japan is changing and the Japanese language is being modified along with it. Let’s see how women are viewed these days by surveying some of the modern Japanese words used to describe them.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most confusing Japanese counter words【Weird Top Five】

English has “heads” of lettuce and “loaves” of bread, but Japanese is even worse.

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Foreigner accused of shoplifting tea in Japan, label to blame 【Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan?】

It’s often said that freedom isn’t free. In Japan, Free Tea isn’t either.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest kanji ever 【Weird Top Five】

Kanji, go home. You’re drunk.

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Iketara iku: A simple Japanese phrase that people in Tokyo and Osaka take completely differently

Survey suggests that east Japan and west Japan interpret the common invitation response in almost entirely opposite ways.

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Should you say “Itadakimasu,” Japan’s pre-meal expression of thanks, when eating by yourself?

Our Japanese-language writer used to give himself a pass, until he encountered a woman who changed his mind.

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Do you know some Japanese? Test out your skills with this Japanese “math” puzzle

Can you bend your brain to turn “three” into a “ball?”

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12 strange Japanese names for Western sports, from “fighting ball” to “reject ball”

Are you ready for some armor ball?

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Grammar Nazis exist in Japan too! “Ra-nuki” fanatics get put in their place by Twitter user

No “ra-nuki” for you! No “ra-nuki” for you!

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