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Here Be Monsters: An Omnibus of Demonic ‘Oni’ Usage in Japanese

The terrifying demons of Japanese lore are a surprisingly rich source of proverbs. GaijinPot investigates how to “say it with ogres."

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5 Easy Manga for Japanese Learners

Want to try your hand at reading Japanese comics? Here are five titles to get you started.

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Kooky Kanji: The Surprising Origin Stories of Some Famous Characters

Kanji is fascinating when it's used in strange or unusual ways. GaijinPot looks at how the history of kanji may be even more interesting than you thought.

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5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Combine your study time and your chill out time with these five shows that will entertain you and help improve your Japanese.

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Sweat the Small Stuff: 5 Tips for Passing the JLPT

Don’t be a stressed mess, learn how to pass your next level test on your journey up the Japanese language proficiency ladder.

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Local Search Tips for Planning a Trip in Japan

Whether it’s a month-long vacation or quick weekend getaway, instead of jetting off abroad, how about traveling within Japan? GaijinPot gives you advice on how to research your trip and get the best out of it.

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Beyond Air Conditioners: A Pro’s Guide to Keeping Cool this Summer

With a hot and humid summer already in full swing, it’s time to take some cool precautions. GaijinPot looks at “Cool Japan” from the air conditioner to other, more esoteric, devices.

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Japanese Words Made for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

Following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that recently hit Kansai, the floods and landslide in western Japan and the current nationwide heatwave, it’s time to look at some words for these terrifying natural occurrences.

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World Cup Words: Talking about Football in Japanese

Following Samurai Blue’s inspiring run in the World Cup and finals about to start, there has never been a better time to master some of the unique Japanese words associated with the tournament as it nears it’s exciting finish!

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Summer Workshops Offer Easy Japanese Learning Through Video Games, Anime and J-Pop

The Japanese Language and Media Institute is running a series of unique workshops for beginner learners to interact with Japanese pop culture and learn simple Japanese at the same time.

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5 YouTube Channels to Help You Learn Japanese

Not just the domain of millennials searching for music and cat videos, YouTube can also be a good teacher in Japan — even for language study.

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5 Mobile Apps to Help Improve Your Japanese Kana and Kanji on the Go

Studying Japanese has an automatic end goal: speaking to a real human being. And it all starts with studying kana.

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