Here are 4 general uses of the word とりあえず that you are likely to encounter.
By Michael Gakuran on February 19, 2015
One of the most recognizable sounds of summer in Japan is the screeching of the cicada. Where do these critters comes from and what are screeching about?
By Michael Gakuran on August 4, 2014
Ever wonder what that 5:00pm song is that is played in many Japanese cities?
By Michael Gakuran on July 15, 2014
Why do some Japanese people insist on speaking English when I am trying to speak Japanese?
By Michael Gakuran on June 23, 2014
Japan is crazy about kawaii. In the art of making things look cute Japan is a pioneer, if not perhaps the world leader.
By Michael Gakuran on June 6, 2014
A short note left in a bicycle basket has caused quiet a stir online. What is it about this little note that is causing so much discussion.
By Michael Gakuran on June 3, 2014
Do you bow on the phone yet? After living in Japan for a while one can’t help but to start picking up a few cultural quirks.
By Michael Gakuran on May 22, 2014
One of the perennial topics in Japanese business etiquette is the exchange of business cards. Getting this right is a key step in expanding your business connections in Japan.
By Michael Gakuran on April 24, 2014
Working as a foreigner in a Japanese company can be a daunting experience. Understanding these three simple words will help you build the trust you need to thrive in a Japanese office.
By Michael Gakuran on March 27, 2014
Every year between February and March, groups of local citizens head deep into the forests of Niigata for a festival that involves copious amounts of straw and a large phallus.
By Michael Gakuran on March 17, 2014
Honorifics are an interesting part of Japanese culture, and they can be more than a little confusing! For foreigners in Japan, using honorifics correctly can be difficult, and perhaps more troubling than correct usage is understanding the meanings when they are used in reference to yourself.
By Michael Gakuran on February 11, 2014
Before you start, it’s important to have an understanding of how Japanese people discuss delicate topics.