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Japanese in Hawaii

Posted by in Language, Travel on 28. Mar, 2012 @ 6:04 am | Comments Off

Japanese in Hawaii

I visited Hawaii for the first time this month and was blown away by the amount of Japanese around. There were signs in Japanese, Japanese food, Japanese tourists, white people hawking goods to Japanese tourists in broken Japanese… the whole nine yards! There are countless Japanese restaurants and even an ultra-famous Japanese Shaved Ice Place [...]

OSU to ICU: Scholarships to Study in Japan

Posted by in Study Abroad, Travel on 16. Mar, 2012 @ 5:05 pm | Comments Off

OSU to ICU: Scholarships to Study in Japan

Hello readers! I’m not a JapanNewbie anymore, as you know… So I rely on my real JapanNewbie friends to provide insight into what life is like when you’re heading towards Japan nowadays. You may remember David from this previous post covering the intensive Japanese program at OSU. Well, David is back, and he is almost [...]

Expat Bubbles: The Forces that Suck

Posted by in Culture, Society on 10. Mar, 2012 @ 1:38 pm | 7 Comments

Expat Bubbles: The Forces that Suck

bubbles Expat bubbles. Or in Japan you might call them gaijin bubbles. What are they? Why are they? Are they all bad? How can you avoid them? Here’s my two cents as someone who has lived in multiple countries, inside and outside of the bubbles. Living in an Expat Bubble You’re living in an “expat [...]

Royal Milk Maid Cafe in Akihabara

Posted by in Osaka, Tokyo on 15. Jan, 2012 @ 10:49 am | 2 Comments

Royal Milk Maid Cafe in Akihabara

I have a friend who is about to head to Japan for the first time, and he wants the Maid Cafe experience. I have been to maid cafe’s before, but not anytime in the past 5+ years or so… so I’m way out of the loop. This youtube introduction of Royal Milk is pretty good, [...]

BBQ Meat Day Explained

Posted by in Culture, Humor, Language on 27. Nov, 2011 @ 6:02 pm | 1 Comment

BBQ Meat Day Explained

What do these people have in common? Michael Jackson, birthday: August 29, 1958 Bae Yong Joon (Yon-sama), birthday: August 29, 1972 John McCain, birthday: August 29, 1936 Charlie Parker, birthday: August 29, 1920 Right! Their birthdays are the same! But what about their birthdays is special and interesting to those of us studying Japanese language [...]

Japanese Language Audio Books on iPad with Rye Studio

Posted by in Books, Gadgets, Media on 03. Oct, 2011 @ 9:51 am | 3 Comments

Japanese Language Audio Books on iPad with Rye Studio

In an effort to boost my pitiful Chinese abilities… I got an App! A company called Rye Studio makes a series of picture book apps for iPhone and iPad that read you a story while showing you the text in Chinese. Listening to target language text being read at native speed while reading along is [...]

Scars Borough

Posted by in Media, Music on 16. Sep, 2011 @ 10:39 pm | 2 Comments

Scars Borough

This music recommendation must be the most personal one I have ever done… Here’s the story. So a long time ago in Japan I met a French dude. We became friends, time passed, I moved to Osaka and he was still in Tokyo, and we didn’t see each other so often anymore. Then a few [...]

Bright Siren by androp

Posted by in Art, Music on 08. Sep, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | 4 Comments

Bright Siren by androp

If you’re into Japanese rock and… camera flashes… you’ll probably find this to be pretty interesting. This is the video for the song Bright Siren by a Japanese band called androp. They used 250 cameras to set this up. Pretty impressive in terms of scale! Fun stuff. If you check their official website you can [...]

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