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Izumo no Okuni: The Woman Who Created Kabuki

Modern-day kabuki actors are mostly men, but a woman from rural Japan founded this iconic traditional art.

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Language Crossroads: 5 Japanese Words That Made Their Way into English

Most people know that ninja and sushi are Japanese, but some English words have hidden Japanese origins. Here are five you might not have known about.

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Decoding Japanese Net-Speak: Unveiling Online Abbreviations

Young Japanese people have mastered reducing complicated Japanese phrases to a couple of Roman letters. From KY to DQN, let's look at some of these online code words.

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5 YouTube Channels to Watch for Studying Japanese

It’s never easy to learn a new language, but here are 5 Youtubers to learn Japanese from anywhere.

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Dine Like a Local: 5 Tips for Eating Out in Japan

To make the most of your dining experience, we've put together essential tips for eating at a restaurant in Japan—whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler.

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How Well do New Students Know Their Kanji and Japanese Slang?

Do they or don't they? Only one way to find out.

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5 Japanese Textbooks for Absolute Beginners

These five books will teach you the basics from grammar to vocabulary, taking you from the beginner plateau to soaring through intermediate.

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The Many Words for Holiday in Japan

The Japanese have a lot of different words for holidays, GaijinPot investigates some of the most common.

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5 Podcasts to Help You Learn Japanese

Study Japanese on your commute, on your morning run or whenever with these five great podcasts for beginner to advanced learners.

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5 Games on Steam to Learn Japanese

Hate textbooks but love videogames? Here are five games you can download on Steam to learn Japanese while you play.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Buying Hay Fever Medication in Japan

Achoo! Hay fever season is back with a vengeance. Get rid of your sniffles with this seasonal vocabulary.

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Christmas Eve Boyfriend: Unique Japanese Words and Phrases for The Holidays

Looking at the unique ideas Japanese people use for Christmas reveals a lot about the differences between Japanese Christmas and its Western equivalent. 

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