How I use my Kindle

How I use my Kindle

Posted by in Books, Gadgets, Media on 02. Oct, 2010 | 35 Comments

Hey everyone, I was lucky enough to get a new Kindle as a birthday present, but since have been getting a lot of questions asking how I am using it. So, blog post time! Converted from Aozora Bunko to Kindle PDF using A2K Converted from Aozora Bunko to Kindle PDF using A2K Reading Aozora Bunko [...]

Japanese Podcast Recommendations – Part 5

Japanese Podcast Recommendations – Part 5

Posted by in Books, Language, Media on 09. Sep, 2010 | 1 Comment

No Longer Human This podcast is an audio reading of a famous piece of Japanese literature called Ningen Shikkaku, by Dazai Osamu. The text of Ningen Shikkaku is available for free on Aozora Bunko, so you can listen to the audio while reading through the text. Perfect study tool! I recommend saving the HTML page [...]

Japanese books for Kindle from TheJapanShop

Japanese books for Kindle from TheJapanShop

Posted by in Books, Gadgets, Language on 30. Aug, 2010 | 4 Comments

Have a Kindle? Want to use it to learn Japanese? This eBook might be a good place to get started. Learn Hiragana on the Kindle TheJapanShop has an inexpensive Kindle eBook available that will teach you Hiragana from scratch. I highly recommend Hiragana as a starting place in your quest to learn Japanese. Once you [...]

Contest: Win $25 of TheJapanShop.com Goodness!

Contest: Win $25 of TheJapanShop.com Goodness!

Posted by in Books on 05. Aug, 2010 | 16 Comments

Hello everyone! As you may or may not have noticed, TheJapanShop.com has a new website! In celebration of this momentous occasion I’m collaborating with TheJapanShop.com to give away $25 dollar TheJapanShop.com gift certificates to 5 lucky readers! How to Enter the Contest: Do all of the following: In the comments on this post, let us [...]

An Interview with an upcoming JET CIR

An Interview with an upcoming JET CIR

Posted by in Books, Working on 26. Jul, 2010 | 3 Comments

Hello JapanNewbies! Today we’ve got another interview for you. A “getting to Japan” success story if you will. Akeem has been accepted to work in Japan as a CIR in the JET program and will be arriving in Japan on July 27th. Which is like, tomorrow, pretty much. Akeem first contacted me long ago, in [...]

Start at the Beginning – Level 0 Reader

Start at the Beginning – Level 0 Reader

Posted by in Books, Crazy Consumers, Language on 18. Jul, 2010 | 2 Comments

Hey Everyone! This one is for the actual Newbies out there. I learned through the White Rabbit Press newsletter that they now have a Level 0 Japanese Graded Reader. This means that no matter how newbie you are, you can use this to start reading Japanese. No more excuses! You don’t even need to know [...]

Tae Kim’s Japanese Grammar Guide on iPhone

Tae Kim’s Japanese Grammar Guide on iPhone

Posted by in Books, Language, Media on 06. Jul, 2010 | 1 Comment

Big news. Tae Kim’s incredible, and free, Guide to Learning Japanese is now in iPhone/iPod Touch form. There is no reason not to have this on your iPhone… Unless I guess you are out of disk space… in which case I urge you to delete your music. It’s Awesome. Get Tae Kim’s Japanese Grammar Guide [...]

Super-frog Saves Tokyo by Murakami Haruki

Super-frog Saves Tokyo by Murakami Haruki

Posted by in Books, Culture, Media on 02. Jun, 2010 | 3 Comments

Was telling a friend about my favorite Murakami Haruki works over lunch a few weeks ago and started talking about “Super-frog Saves Tokyo,” which is in the collection called “After the Quake.” If you’re looking for this in Japanese, the Japanese title of the story is 『かえるくん、東京を救う』and the collection is called『神の子供たちはみな踊る』, which is named after [...]

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