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January 10, 2018

Dharma Tongues: How Buddha Shaped the Japanese Language

Since Buddhism played an important role in creating Japanese culture, GaijinPot presents a primer on some of the ways that its influence has also changed the language itself.

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December 22, 2017

Present Tense: Grammatically Correct Japanese Gift Giving

With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.

December 12, 2017

Losing My Religion: Using the Words of Worship in Japanese

Gaijinpot discovers that talking about religion is even more complicated than expected.

November 28, 2017

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Japanese Terms for Rudeness (and Worse)

Navigating the world of Japanese etiquette can be tricky without knowing some of the words that are associated with good and bad manners in Japan.

November 15, 2017

Suicide Squad: Reasonable Rent and Apartment ‘Incidents’

One of the cheapest ways to rent new digs in Japan is to look for “incident” apartments. Gaijinpot presents a guide to these pads and the benefits — or horrors — that await.

October 16, 2017

Cape Fear: Japanese Phrases for Fright

Japanese has many words for fear. By learning them, learners can gain a greater understanding of what makes this nation tick.

September 27, 2017

‘Koto’: The Easiest and Trickiest Grammar Point in Japanese

Mastering the use of こと and の can be a challenge for beginners and advanced students alike.

September 15, 2017

Whatcha Gonna Do: Japanese Words for The War on Bugs

If you’re losing the war on bugs in your apartment, Gaijinpot provides you with the weapons to turn the tide in your next battle.

August 31, 2017

Party Line: Having a Good Time with Your Japanese

Your first drinking party may seem intimidating, but it is also a great chance to have some fun with your Japanese.

August 16, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge

With LGBTQ issues becoming an increasingly important part of Japan’s modern identity, GaijinPot looks at some of the words associated with the community.

July 28, 2017

You’ve Got Mail: Surprising Japanese Netspeak Verbs

Email Japanese uses a lot of special verbs in unique and interesting ways. Gaijinpot investigates some of the unusual ones typically found in Japanese internet terms.

July 13, 2017

Laundry Day: Mastering Your Washing Machine

When you first arrive in Japan, some of the biggest challenges can be the simplest things — like doing laundry. Gaijinpot guides you all the way from starting your washing machine to its advanced features.

June 29, 2017

The Terminal: Airport Japanese

When knowing certain Japanese air travel terms may be the difference between catching or missing your flight, it’s worth spending some time to master airport vocabulary before your trip.

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