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Interview series of non-Japanese who live in SoCal

SEP 2020 (vol.155)
Payton Calderon

Payton Calderon SEPTEMMBER 2020 (vol.155) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Currently unemployed, thanks COVID… Loves Japan Since: 12 years old Have You Been To Japan?: 4 times (lived and studied) Favorite Japanese Food: Okonomiyaki, ten-don, wagashi (traditional sweets) and matcha Favorite Japanese Item: Kimono Favorite Japanese Characters or People: […]

MAY 2020 (VOL.152)
Story of
Kris Valle

Kris Valle May 2020 (vol.152) Currently lives in: Torrance Occupation: ESL Teacher Loves Japan Since: 1995 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, 4 times! Favorite Japanese Food: Gyu-don (beef bowl) from Matsuya Favorite Japanese Item: Kashiwa Reysol (soccer team) flag Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Crayon Shin Chan, Tanaka Misaki […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL.150)
Story of
Brit Gordon

Brit Gordon February 2020 (vol.150) Currently lives in: Santa Clarita Occupation: College student Loves Japan Since: Since I was 2 years old Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Takoyaki Favorite Japanese Item: Nintendo 3DS XL Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Oz from Pandora Hearts, Jun Mochizuki, and […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL.149)
Story of
Michaela Mayo

Michaela Mayo January 2020 (vol.149) Currently lives in: North Tustin Occupation: Second grade student Loves Japan Since: Since my first trip to Japan when I was 5 years old Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Sushi Favorite Japanese Item: Yukata Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Brunhilde from […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL.148)
Story of
Chris Gonzalez

Chris Gonzalez December 2019 (vol.148) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Network Technician Loves Japan Since: Japanese curry & ramen Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Japanese curry & ramen Favorite Japanese Item: Nikon camera Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Yoshi (Super Mario Series) Favorite Japanese Word: […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL.146)
Story of
Kristine Ohkubo

Kristine Ohkubo October 2019 (vol.146) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Author Loves Japan Since: For as long as I can remember…always! Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, every other year since 2007. Favorite Japanese Food: I have too many favorites, but I will say Sukiyaki. Favorite Japanese Item: Kimono […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145)
Story of
Eric

Eric September 2019 (vol.145) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Product Manager Loves Japan Since: 2000 Have You Been To Japan?: I lived in Tokyo Favorite Japanese Food: Unagi (Eel) Favorite Japanese Item: Vending machine with hot drinks on a cold winter day Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Rilakkuma Favorite […]

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144)
Story of
Parker Andrus

Parker Andrus August 2019 (vol.144) Currently lives in: Irvine Occupation: International Sales Manager at Tele-net America Corporation Loves Japan Since: 1987 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, nearly 30 times and have lived there for 4 years Favorite Japanese Food: Miso Katsu (from Yabaton) or Sukiyaki Favorite Japanese Item: Japanese […]

JULY 2019 (VOL.143)
Story of
Lois Ann Caldwell

Lois Ann Caldwell July 2019 (vol.143) Currently lives in: Highland Occupation: Retired for a long time 🙂 Loves Japan Since: Childhood Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, 3 times! Favorite Japanese Food: Tonkatsu, Shabu-Shabu, noodles. Favorite Japanese Item: I love fine workman-ship and designs of potteries, china, crafts and more. […]

MAY 2019 (VOL.141)
Story of
Luis Alamilla

Luis Alamilla May 2019 (vol.141) Currently lives in: Northridge Occupation: Video Game Journalist / YouTuber Loves Japan Since: 1996 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Katsu Curry Favorite Japanese Item: A “君の名は – Your Name” artbook signed by Makoto Shinkai Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Saturo Iwata, […]

April 2019 (VOL. 140)
Story of
Gary Bonart

Gary Bonart April 2019 (vol.140) Currently lives in: Santa Monica Occupation: Actor Loves Japan Since: 1970 Have You Been To Japan?: No, but soon. Favorite Japanese Food: Katsudon Favorite Japanese Item: Writing ting pens Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Kanako Sakno (NHK) Favorite Japanese Word: KATCHI KOCHI A Japanese Name […]

I Live in Japan

Interview series of foreigners who live in Japan

JULY 2021 (vol.165)
Jessica Gerrity

July 2021 (VOL.165) Jessica Gerrity From Auckland, New Zealand Occupation: Saitama Tourism / PR Ambassador, TV personality, Mom of 3. Duration of Living in Japan: 18 years Why you live in Japan: I came to Japan for the first time as a university student and I was studying my Masters […]

JUNE 2021 (vol.164)
Monika Kumari

June 2021 (VOL.163) Monika Kumari From California, USA Home county/city/state: India (Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow) Occupation: Student Duration of Living in Japan: 3.5 years Why you live in Japan: Pursuing my doctoral degree Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? Not at all, I was very excited to come to Japan […]

MAY 2021 (vol.163)
Angela Marie Ortiz

April 2021 (VOL.162) Angela Marie Ortiz From California, USA Occupation: CSR Professional, Social Impact Entrepreneur, Author Duration living in Japan: 35 years Why do you live in Japan?: Moved here with family, lives here for family, work, and passions. a blogger, Plant-Based Health Coach, and Raw food chef. Were you […]

APR 2021 (vol.162)
Tonya Green

April 2021 (VOL.162) Tonya Ogino From Ukraine Duration living in Japan: 15 Year Why do you live in Japan?: For practice Aikido, work as a blogger, Plant-Based Health Coach, and Raw food chef. What do you do in Japan? I started my blog and YouTube channel in 2011 about my […]

MAR 2021 (vol.161)
Camélia Boufroukh

March 2021 (VOL.161) Camélia Boufroukh From Paris, France Occupation: student Duration living in Japan: 1 Year Why do you live in Japan?: I went to Japan as an exchange student Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? Not at all!  It was even my dream to live in Japan since […]

FEB 2021 (vol.160)
Reina

FEBRUARY 2021 (VOL.160) Reina From London, UK Duration living in Japan: 12 Years Why do you live in Japan?: To manifest the second crazy dream! What is your occupation in Japan? I’m a professionally trained bilingual actress & voice actress.  I act in both English and in Japanese.  I also […]

JANUARY 2021 (VOL.159)
Story of
Sarajean Rossitto

JANUARY 2021 (VOL.159) Sarajean Rossitto From New York, NY USA Duration living in Japan: 28 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I have no good answer – I never really think about this – I am where I am in my life: ) What is your occupation in Japan? […]

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL.158)
Story of
Lauren Jubelt

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL.158) Lauren Jubelt From Orlando, Florida USA Occupation: Digital Marketing/ Business Coordination Duration living in Japan: 8 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I love the culture and the lifestyle. What is your occupation in Japan? I work for a Japanese company in Digital Marketing and what […]

NOVEMBER 2020 (VOL.157)
Story of
Abhishek Koduvayur Venkitaraman

NOVEMBER 2020 (VOL.157) Abhishek Koduvayur Venkitaraman From Kerala, India Occupation: Doctoral Student at Kyoto University Duration living in Japan: Since April 1, 2018 Why do you live in Japan?: To experience life in a new country, and Japan is an excellent place to pursue an academic career. What do you […]

OCTOBER 2020 (VOL.156)
Story of
Jennifer Shinkai

OCTOBER 2020 (VOL.156) Jennifer Shinkai From Bury, UK Occupation: Facilitator and Leadership Coach Duration living in Japan: 20 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Now it’s my home! Why do you study in Japan? I’m an Ikigai and Inclusion Facilitator and leadership executive coach based in Tokyo, Japan.  I […]

SEPTEMBER 2020 (VOL.155)
Story of
Muthukumar K A

SEPTEMBER 2020 (VOL.155) Muthukumar K A From Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, INDIA Occupation: Student Duration living in Japan: 3 years Why do you live in Japan?: To research What do you study in Japan? I do research on AI in healthcare.  Mainly I work on fall detection and activity detection of […]

AUGUST 2020 (VOL.154)
Story of
Andrew Beckett

August 2020 (VOL.154) Andrew Beckett From Vancouver, Canada Occupation: Preschool Teacher Duration living in Japan: 3 years Why do you live in Japan?: Cheap food, cheap drinks, and hot springs What do you do in Japan? I teach at a Montessori style preschool as an English teacher, as well as […]

JULY 2020 (VOL.153)
Story of
Vivian Wong

July 2020 (VOL.153) Vivian Wong From Stockholm, Sweden Occupation: Student Duration living in Japan: 1.5 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Because I wanted to experience the Japanese culture while learning the language. Why do you like Japan? Japanese people are so polite and well mannered, the culture is […]

MAY 2020 (VOL.152)
Story of
Yann Meunier

MAY 2020 (VOL.152) Yann Meunier From Paris, France Occupation: Photographer educator / Tour guide Duration living in Japan: 9 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I fell in love with Japan during my first trip in 2008. What do you do in Japan? In 2012, I joined David Michaud, […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL.151)
Story of
Laura Shinozuka

MARCH 2020 (VOL.151) Laura Shinozuka From Riga, Latvia Occupation: Housewife / Former Model Duration living in Japan: 3 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Husband working contact in Japan. Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? I never hesitated to move to Japan because it was a new amazing […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL.150)
Story of
Jérôme Lastapis

February 2020 (vol.150) Jérôme Lastapis From Paris, France Occupation: Outdoor guide Duration living in Japan: 6 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Professional and family interests. Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? Sure, I already had family there, but it was still a big responsibility. What do you […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL.149)
Story of
Heather Terada

January 2020 (vol.149) Heather Terada From McMinnville, Oregon Occupation: IT Project Manager Duration living in Japan: 6.5 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I relate to the culture and customs. Did you climb Mt.Fuji? How was it? It was my first mountain to climb, so I didn’t know what […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL.148)
Story of
Winnie Lam

December 2019 (vol.148) Winnie Lam From San Francisco, CA Occupation: Advertiser Duration living in Japan: 10 Years Why do you live in Japan?: For Work When was your first visit to Japan? I came to Japan through a study abroad program in my junior year at UC Davis. Spending almost […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL.147)
Story of
Ekaterina Chekmarev

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL.147) Ekaterina Chekmarev From Moscow, Russia Occupation: Housewife Duration living in Japan: 10 Months My husband works for a big Japanese company. Why did you choose to live in Japan, not other countries? Frankly speaking, we have never planned to live in Japan, because we lived far from […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL.146)
Story of
Vibhas Sukhwani

October 2019 (vol.146) Vibhas Sukhwani From Mandia, Madhya Pradesh, India Occupation: Ph.D. Student Duration living in Japan: 1 year Why do you live in Japan? Pursuing a doctoral degree at Keio University. What do you study in Japan? My research is based on urban-rural linkages and the development planning in […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145)
Story of
Aranega Jonathan

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145) Aranega Jonathan From France / Aquitaine / Arcachon Occupation:Cameraman and video editor Duration living in Japan:8 months Why do you live in Japan?:To see my wife’s family, feed my website “Mon Petit Voyage à Kyoto”, and according to the work that is proposed to me on video […]

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144)
Story of
Kelly Elizabeth

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144) Kelly Elizabeth From American girl from Michigan living in Japan Occupation: YouTuber/influencer/content creator/English teacher Duration living in Japan: 6 years Why do you live in Japan?: Japan is the most different from my culture. Every day is beautiful and exciting here! What is the distinctive difference between […]

JULY 2019 (VOL.143)
Story of
Rob Williams

July 2019 (VOL.143) Rob Williams From Bournemouth, UK Occupation: Financial Advisor & Philanthropist Duration living in Japan: 20 years Why do you live in Japan?: Work and family Can you talk about your activities in Japan? Aside from my day job, I founded and run a group called the ‘Knights […]

JUNE 2019 (VOL.142)
Story of
Tiffany Rossdale

JUNE 2019 (VOL.142) Tiffany Rossdale From Manila, Philippines Occupation: Entrepreneur Duration living in Japan: More than 20yrs Why do you live in Japan?: Half of my family lives here in Japan What do you do in Japan? Can you talk about your job in Japan? I have a few jobs that […]

MAY 2019 (VOL.141)
Story of
Zilola Kozimova

MAY 2019 (VOL.141) Zilola Kozimova From Uzbekistan, Samarkand Occupation: Student Duration living in Japan: About 2 years Why do you live in Japan?: To study and I love food, people and nature of Japan What do you study in Japan? I am a Master’s student at Keio University.  I study […]

April 2019 (VOL.140)
Story of
Osako Tatiana

April 2019 (VOL.140) Osako Tatiana From Khabarovsk, Russia Occupation: Fashion photographer Duration living in Japan: About 13 years Why do you live in Japan?: For work Which places in Japan do you recommend that for foreigners? I recommend for the bravest people to go to Fujikyu Highlands.  It is an […]

Samurai Legends

Introducing famous Japanese historical figures

July 2021 (vol. 165)
IWASAKI Yataro

IWASAKI Yataro 1835 – 1885 July 2021 (Vol. 165) An entrepreneur who got No.1 in the shipping industry in just a few decades Young Yataro was Mischievous and Intelligent Iwasaki Yataro was born in 1835 in Tosa no Kuni (Kochi Prefecture).  His family was originally a low-ranked samurai and had […]

MAY 2021 (vol. 163)
SHIBUSAWA Eiichi (渋沢栄一)

SHIBUSAWA Eiichi May 2021 (Vol. 163) The Father of Japanese Capitalism Gentle and Genius Kid Eiichi Shibusawa was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1840, during the end of the Edo period when samurais with swords were still common.  His family was a rich farmer, who also runs an indigo dyeing […]

APR 2021 (vol. 162)
SAIGO Takamori (西郷隆盛)

SAIGO Takamori April 2021 (Vol. 162) A Beloved Giant Hero, Born in Satsuma Saigo’s Childhood Saigo Takamori was born in 1827 in the town of Satsuma (Kagoshima Prefecture).  Because Saigo’s family was a low-ranked samurai and was a large family with seven children, Saigo lived in poverty.  However, Saigo’s parents […]

MAR 2021 (vol. 161)
II Naosuke (井伊直弼)

II Naosuke March 2021 (Vol. 161) Know the Other Side of the “Cold-blooded Dictator” Naosuke, a Late Bloomer Naosuke was born in 1815 in Oumi (Shiga Prefecture) as the 14th son, to a father who was the Hikone Domain leader.  When Naosuke was born, his father was already retired, and […]

FEB 2021 (vol. 160)
Hijikata Toshizo (土方歳三)

HIJIKATA Toshizo February 2021 (Vol. 160) The Last Handsome Samurai with Courageous Spirit Medicine Peddler Boy Yearning to become a Samurai Hijikata was born in 1835 in Musashi Province (Tokyo) as the youngest of 10 siblings.  His home was very wealthy with a running drugstore, selling home-recipe-medicines.  His father died […]

JANUARY 2021 (VOL. 159)
Story of
SAKAMOTO Ryoma (坂本龍馬)

SAKAMOTO Ryoma January 2021 (Vol. 159) Born in the Richest Merchant Family in Tosa Sakamoto Ryoma (1835 – 1867) was born in 1835 in Tosa (Kochi prefecture) as the 5th youngest child.  He was a crybaby when he was a child and was very close to his three-year-older sister.  His […]

MAY 2020 (VOL. 152)
Story of
SANADA Yukimura (真田幸村)

SANADA Yukimura MAY 2020 (Vol. 152) The Bravest Samurai to Protect the Toyotomi Family Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615) was born as the second son of Sanada Masayuki (1547-1611), the lord of Ueda-jo castle in the Nagano prefecture.  His actual name was Sanada Nobushige.  But during the battles of the period, the […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL. 151)
Story of
MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune (源義経)

MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune July 2019 (Vol. 143) The Genius Military Commander Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) was a military commander of the Minamoto clan who fought against the Taira clan in the latter years of the Heian period and the early years of the Kamakura period.  He appeared in some […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL. 150)
Story of
AKECHI Mitsuhide (明智光秀)

AKECHI Mitsuhide MARCH 2020 (Vol. 151) Mitsuhide: The Fallen Rebel Akechi Mitsuhide, who is famous for being the leader at the ‘Honnouji Rebellion’ has been told that he was born near Mino (Gifu prefecture) in 1528 (there are possibilities that he was born in 1516 or 1540).  When Mitsuhide got […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL. 149)
Story of
KATSU Kaishu (勝海舟)

KATSU Kaishu JANUARY 2020 (Vol. 149) The Shadow Samurai Leader for Meiji Restoration Born in Edo, as a Son of Hatamoto, a Direct Retainer of the Shogun Katsu Kaishu was born in 1823, at Ryogoku, Tokyo.  Shokichi, his father was in charge of Hatamoto, one of the important positions that […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL. 148)
Story of
MINAMOTONO Yoritomo (源頼朝)

MINAMOTONO Yoritomo DECEMBER 2019 (Vol. 148) The Very First “Samurai Administration” in Japan This time we will talk about Yoritomo’s life, who established the very first “Samurai Administration” in Japan during the Kamakura era.  Let’s focus on his personality and life, much more than just the ‘Kamakura Shogunate’. Born as […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL. 147)
Story of
DATE Masamune (伊達政宗)

DATE Masamune NOVEMBER 2019 (Vol. 147) Masamune The One-Eyed Dragon The popular warlord from Azuchi-Momoyama (last part of the Sengoku period) through early Edo period, Date Masamune was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, called “One-Eyed Dragon (独眼竜, Dokuganryu)”.  Masamune has significantly influenced the History of Japan, […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL. 146)
Story of
MIYAMOTO Musashi (宮本武蔵)

MIYAMOTO Musashi OCTOBER 2019 (Vol. 146) The Legend of Dual Wielding Sword Divinity What samurai does the question, “who is the best known and the most famous swordsman in Japanese history?” remind you of? – The answer may be Miyamoto Musashi.  He might have had more than 60 fights, but […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL. 145)
Story of
UESUGI Kenshin (上杉謙信 )

UESUGI Kenshin September 2019 (Vol. 145) Kenshin: “The Dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin (上杉謙信) was a powerful warlord, a brilliant strategist, and a wise administrator.  He was born on February 18, 1530 at Kasugayama in Echigo province as the fourth son of the noted warrior Nagao Tamekage (長尾為景), who was […]

JULY 2019 (VOL. 144)
Story of
TAKEDA Shingen (武田信玄)

Takeda Shingen July 2019 (Vol. 144) Shingen: “The Tiger of Kai” Following the three greatest Samurai – Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga, and Tokugawa Ieyasu – Takeda Shingen is one of the most popular warlords as is his rival, Uesugi Kenshin.  Shingen was called “the Tiger of Kai”, and Kenshin “the […]

JULY 2019 (VOL. 143)
Story of
TOKUGAWA Ieyasu (徳川家康)

TOKUGAWA Ieyasu July 2019 (Vol. 143) IEYASU: The 3rd of 3 Great Unifiers of Japan Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) is the third of the three great unifiers of Japan who completed the unification of Japan begun by Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.  He became shogun in 1603 after the victory at […]

JUNE 2019 (VOL. 142)
Story of
TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉)

TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi June 2019 (Vol. 142) HIDEYOSHI: Successor of Oda Nobunaga Rise Up From a Farmer to Samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) is one of the most remarkable commanders of samurai army in Japanese history, the ruler of Japan who ended Japan’s most violent period of political and social upheaval, the […]

MAY 2019 (VOL. 141)
Story of
ODA Nobunaga (織田信長)

ODA Nobunaga May 2019 (Vol. 141) NOBUNAGA: The Unifier “BIG FOOL” from Owari Increasing interest in historical persons Who is your most favorite samurai?  Who do you know at all?  Recently, Japanese historical topics such as samurai, the history itself and/or swords have been drawing increasing attention both nationwide and […]

Japanictionary

Introducing Japanese words and phrases

July 2021 (vol. 164)
Japanictionary: Okiru

June 2021 (VOL.164) Mariko: Soro soro okite~. You better wake up~. Taka: Nemui…  Mada okirenai. Sleepy…  I cannot wake up yet. Mariko: Okinai to chikoku suruyo! Wake up or you’ll be late! Taka: Onaka ga itai. I have stomach ache. Mariko: Baka iu na!  Okiro! Don’t be silly!  Get up! […]

June 2021 (vol. 164)
Japanictionary: Dekiru

June 2021 (VOL.164) Mika: Sakadachi dekiru? Can you do handstand? Haruto: Kodomo no toki wa dekite ita yo. Yes, I used to be able to when I was kid. Mika: Watashi wa dansu ga dekiru. I can dance. Haruto: Boku dansu wa dekinai ~… I cannot dance… Mika: Renshu sureba […]

May 2021 (vol. 163)
Japanictionary: Kangaeru

May 2021 (VOL.163) Ren: Nani wo tabetaika kangaeta? Did you think what you want to eat? Eri: Mada kangaete inai. I didn’t think yet. Ren: Kangaete to itta jan. I told you to think. Eri: Nemukute kangaerarenai yo. I can’t think because I’m sleepy. Ren: Mou… Come on… Eri: Atode […]

April 2021 (vol. 162)
Japanictionary: Naku

April 2021 (VOL.162) Shota: Doushite naiteiru no? Why are you crying? Sanae: Kono eiga ni kandou shitano. I was moved by this movie. Shota: Sonnani nakeru no? Did it make you cry that much? Sanae: Zettai ni naku yo. You will cry for sure. Shota: Otoko wa nakanai. Men don’t […]

March 2021 (vol. 161)
Japanictionary: Hataraku

March 2021 (VOL.161) Yumi: Nanji made hataraita no? What time did you work until? Kayo: Ju-ji made hataraiteita yo. I was working until 10 o’clock. Yumi: Eh!  Hataraki-sugi janai? Don’t you work too much? Kayo: Soukana?  Hataraku noga suki nano. I do?  I like to work. Yumi: Issho ni hatarakitai […]

FEB 2021 (vol. 160)
Japanictionary: Odoroku

February 2021 (VOL.160) Suzu: Senshuu, Hokkaido ni itta yo. I went to Hokkaido last week. Ayumi: Urayamashii~. I envy you. Suzu: Sokode, Hayato ni atte odoroita yo. I was surprised seeing Hayato there. Hayato wa watashi no ryokou no koto wo shitteta kara odoroite inakatta. Since Hayato knew my trip […]

JANUARY 2021 (VOL. 159)
Japanictionary: Takai

January 2021 (VOL.159) Mako: Nihon de ichiban takai yama wa na~nda? Which mountain is the highest in Japan? Tomoya: Fuji-san! Mt. Fuji ! Mako: Seikai! Correct! Tomoya: Boku Fuji-san kakeru yo! I can draw Mt. Fuji! Mako: Jouzu ne! Wonderful! Tomoya: Motto takaku shiyou! Let’s make it higher! is high […]

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL. 158)
Japanictionary: Mayou

November 2020 (VOL.157) Ken: Moshi moshi, Aya? Hello, Aya? Ima doko? Where are you now? Aya: Michi ni mayotta. I am lost. Ken: Daijoubu? Are you okay? Aya: Mou juugo-fun mayotte imasu. I have been lost for 15 minutes. Ken: Akai tawa- mieru? Can you see red tower? Aya: Atta!  […]

NOVEMBER 2020 (VOL. 157)
Japanictionary: Sagasu

November 2020 (VOL.157) Meiko: Nani wo sagashiteiru no? What are you looking for? Tatsuya: Kontakuto renzu wo sagashite imasu. I’m looking for a contact lens. Meiko: Sore wa taihenn da. That’s too bad. Tatsuya: Sagasu nowo tetsudatte kuremasuka? Can you help me to look for it? Meiko: Issho ni sagashimasho! […]

OCTOBER 2020 (VOL. 156)
Japanictionary: Odoru

October 2020 (VOL.156) Satsuki: Bon-odori ni ikou! Let’s go to Bonodori! Josh: Nani sore? What is that? Satsuki: Minna ga wa ni natte odoru omatsuri dayo. It’s a festival that people dance in the circle. Josh: Boku demo odoreru kana? Do you think I can dance? Satsuki: Mochiron!  Kodomo datte odotte […]

AUGUST 2020 (VOL. 155)
Japanictionary: Au

August 2020 (VOL.153) Aya: Saikin Tom Ni Atta? Have you seen Tom lately? Ken: Korekara au yo. Thank you! Aya: Watashi mo aitai na. I want to see him too. Ken: Isshoni aou! Let’s go see him together! Aya: iine Sounds good! Ken: Demo masuku wo shinaito aenai ne. Without […]

JULY 2020 (VOL. 154)
Japanictionary: Self-Introduction

August 2020 (VOL.153) Kaito: Anata no Onamae wa? What’s your name? Nagisa: Watashi no namae wa Suzuki Nagisa desu. My name is Nagisa Suzuki. Kaito: Nansai desu ka! How old are you! Nagisa (Watashi wa) Juu-kyu sai desu. I’m 19 years old. Kaito: Shuushin wa dochira desu ka? Where are […]

MAY 2020 (VOL. 153)
Japanictionary: Okuru

August 2020 (VOL.153) Masato: Tegami okutta? Did you send the letter? Hiroko: Kinou posuto ni ireta yo. I dropped off in the post yesterday Masato: Arigatou! Thank you! Hiroko: Hako wa okuranakatta yo. I did not send the box. Hako wa okuranakatta yo. Do you want to send the box, […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL. 152)
Japanictionary: Uru

September 2020 – Lesson 151 Hayato: Kono omise wa nani wo utte iru no? What is this store selling? Natsu: Remone-do wo utte iru yo! What were you doing yesterday? Hayato: Boku wa ko-ra ga nomitai na. I would like to drink coke. Natsu: Sore wa koko dewa utte inai […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL. 151)
Japanictionary: Tsukareru

September 2020 – Lesson 150 Hitomi: Shumatsu, nani wo shita no? What did you do on the weekend? Sho: Fujisan ni nobotta yo. I climbed Mount Fuji. Hitomi: Tsukareta? Did you get tired? Sho: Sugoku tsukareta yo! I got very tired. Mada tsukarete iru yo I’m still tired. get tired […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL. 150)
Japanictionary: Harau

November 2020 (VOL.157) Momo: Gochisousama deshita. Thank you for the meal. Chika: Koko wa watashi ga harau yo.  It’s on me. Momo: iie, watashi ga haraimasu. No, I’m going to pay for you. Chika: Anata wa harawanai de! You don’t have to! Tsugi wa anata ga haratte yo. Next time […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL. 148)
Japanictionary: Tetsudau

September 2020 – Lesson 147 Hitomi: Kinou, nani wo shimashitaka? What were you doing yesterday? Sho: Oto-san to omouto to Oka-san wo tetsudatte ita yo. I was helping my mom with my dad and sister. Souji ya sentaku wo tetsudatta. I helped her with laundry and cleaning. Hitomi: Erai ne! […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL. 147)
Japanictionary: Kiru

September 2020 – Lesson 147 Mom: Naze fuku wo  kite inai no? Why you are naked? Hayaku fuku wo kinasai? Put your clothes on now! Son: Boku wa kono fuku wo kitakunai! I don’t want to wear these clothes. Mom: Jyaa, nani wo kitai no? What do you want to […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL. 146)
Japanictionary: Erabu

August 2020 (VOL.147) Genta: Kyo no ranchi nani taberu? What are you going to eat for lunch today? Ayumi: Watashi wa tendon wo erabimashita. I chose tendon bowl. Genta: Zenbu oishiiso- de erabenai! I cannot choose because everything looks delicious! Ra-men ni shiyoukana?. Should I choose ramen? Ayumi: Kinou ra-men […]

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JULY 2021(vol. 165)
SPAM Teriyaki Rice Bowl

SPAM Teriyaki Rice Bowl Addictive Luncheon Meat Recipe.  SPAM Teriyaki flavor makes vegetables and white rice tasty.  I used Shimeji mushrooms but try it with any vegetables of your choice! Difficulty: Very Easy Time: 10min Number of servings: 4 Ingredients 200g (7oz.) Pork Loin Slices 1 (340g/12oz) Canned SPAM200g (7oz) […]

JUNE 2021(vol. 164)
The BEST Shogayaki (Ginger Pork)

Matcha Green Tea Latte Difficulty: Easy Time: 20min Number of servings: 2 Ingredients 200g (7oz.) Pork Loin Slices A * 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce * 1/2 tbsp. Sake * 1/2 tbsp. Mirin (Sweet Sake) * 1/4 tsp. Ginger Juice 1/2 tbsp. Grated Ginger B * 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce * […]

MAY 2021(vol. 163)
Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha Green Tea Latte Difficulty: Very Very EasyTime: 1 minNumber of servings: 1 Ingredients 1 tbsp. Matcha green tea syrup   * 1 tbsp. Matcha green tea powder  * 50g (1.7oz.) sugar  * 60ml hot water 150ml milk or soy milkMatcha green tea powder if you like Directions: [ Step 1: […]

APR 2021(vol. 162)
Onigirazu

Onigirazu Onigirazu (Rice Sandwiches) is a new type of Onigiri (rice ball) becoming very popular in Japan in 2015.  Unlike Onigiri (rice ball), Onigirazu can be prepared quickly without making into a triangular or a ball shape but just by wrapping rice and the fillings in Nori seaweed sheet. I […]

MAR 2021(vol. 161)
Miso-Maru

Miso-Maru (Miso Soup Balls) Miso-Maru is made with Miso (fermented soybean paste) and dried ingredients.  You can pre-make batches of Kawaii Miso balls.  Whenever you want to enjoy a bowl of Miso soup, all you have to do is to pour some hot water over it! Difficulty: Super Easy Time: […]

FEB 2021(vol. 160)
Hijiki Seaweed Salad

Hijiki Seaweed Salad I remember Hijiki salad is a very popular appetizer dish at a Japanese restaurants in New York. The same in other places?! It goes perfect with rice, perfect for Bento side dish!!!In this tutorial, I will show you a super easy way to make it in a […]

January 2021(VOL. 159)
Ochikeron Recipe
Tuna and Avocado

Tasty Mayo Marinated Tuna and Avocado Tasty Mayo Marinated Tuna and Avocado recipe using “sushi-su” (sushi vinegar or Japanese seasoned rice vinegar).  It is a rice vinegar mixed with sugar and salt. Difficulty: Very Easy Time: 5 min or less Number of servings: 2-3 Ingredients: 1 Avocado 110g (3.8oz) sashimi-grade […]

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL. 158)
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Yakisoba

Yakisoba Yakisoba  is a classic Japanese fried noodles.I kept the recipe very simple using a minimum ingredients. Of course you can use meat (or seafood) and veggies of your choice!!! I hope you get an idea how to make it 💕 Difficulty: Very EasyTime: 15 minutesNumber of servings: 2 Ingredients: […]

NOVEMBER 2020 (VOL. 157)
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Hayashi Rice

Hayashi Rice Hayashi Rice (also called Hashed Beef) is a very popular Western-style rice dish in Japan. You can use the mix (roux) to save time, but in this video I will show you how to make it from scratch 🙂 Difficulty: MediumTime: 1 hourNumber of servings: 4 Ingredients: 400g […]

OCTOBER 2020 (VOL. 156)
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Zombie Omurice

Zombie Omurice Omurice is a very popular home cooked meal in Japan. It is a tomato ketchup fried rice wrapped with a thin sheet of crepe-like fried egg. HOWEVER, many people dislike using a lot of ketchup, so I used Pomodoro sauce instead. YES! it works. Difficulty: Easy Time: 20 […]

SEPTEMBER 2020 (VOL. 155)
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Inarizushi (Inari Sushi)

Inarizushi (Inari Sushi) In this video, I will show you how to make very basic Inarizushi with plain Sushi rice. Easy yet delicious, perfect for party, picnic, or any kind of event! Inarizushi (Inari Sushi) is Sushi rice stuffed in tasty Aburaage (Fried Tofu pouches). In Japan, Inarizushi can be […]

AUGUST 2020 (VOL. 154)
Ochikeron Recipe
Soft White Dinner Rolls

QUICK Soft White Dinner Rolls in a frying pan You can make it in a total of an hour ! Easy Fun recipe to try with kids 😉 Difficulty: Easy Time: 60min Number of servings: 2 servings 16cm (6inch) Frying Pan Ingredients: ・1 cup (125g) all purpose flour ・100ml milk […]

JULY 2020 (VOL. 153)
Ochikeron Recipe
Cucumber Soba Noodles with Shabu-Shabu Pork

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Shabu-Shabu Pork Very refreshing, crunchy and delicious cold Soba noodle recipe idea ! Shabu Shabu pork is very healthy and filling! You can of course make it hot or spicy by adding your favorite condiments! Difficulty: Easy Time: 30min Number of servings: 3 servings Ingredients: 3 […]

MAY 2020 (VOL. 152)
Ochikeron Recipe
Ohagi or Botamochi

Ohagi / Botamochi (Japanese Sweet Sticky Rice Balls) Ohagi or Botamochi is a traditional Japanese sweet made with sweet sticky rice and sweet Azuki (red bean paste). There are different stories about the origin of having two names: you can google and find them, but either name is correct to […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL. 151)
Ochikeron Recipe
Kamaboko (Fish Cake) Decoration Ideas (Kazarigiri)

Kamaboko (Fish Cake) Decoration Ideas (Kazarigiri) This is not playing with food. Kamaboko Decoration is a traditional art of Japanese food Omotenashi (hospitality) spirit 😉 5 Cute Kamaboko Decoration Ideas 薔薇 (Bara/Rose) Slice white Kamaboko about 1cm thick. Make a cut on the top. Make 3 ultra thin slices of […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL. 150)
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Imo Mochi (Potato Rice Cakes)

Imo Mochi (Potato Rice Cakes) Imo Mochi (Potato Rice Cakes) are one of the very popular Traditional Hokkaido snacks. The texture is chewy like Mochi, coated with addictive sweet soy glaze! I wrapped with Nori seaweed sheet, just like Isobeyaki ! Mouthwatering! Must try! Only 7 Ingredients !Most ingredients are […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL. 149)
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Quick and Easy Yakiniku

Quick and Easy Yakiniku Difficulty: Super Easy Time: 5min Number of servings: 2 Ingredients: ・350g (12.5oz) thinly sliced beef *chicken, pork or any kind of meat is OK ((Yakiniku Sauce)) * 2 tbsp. Sake * 2 tbsp. soy sauce * 2 tbsp. honey * 1 tbsp. oyster sauce * 1 […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL. 148)
Ochikeron Recipe
Ramen Pizza (Crispy Crust)

Ramen Pizza (Crispy Crust) You can use your favorite Instant ramen noodles and toppings to make your own pizza 👍 Difficulty: VERY Easy Time: 10 min Number of servings: 1 small pizza Ingredients: ・instant Ramen noodles ・shrimp ・broccoli ・grape tomatoes ・80g (10 tbsp.) pizza cheese for crust ・pizza cheese or […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL. 147)
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Daigakuimo: Candied Sweet Potatoes

Daigakuimo: Candied Sweet Potatoes Crispy outside, soft inside! Traditional Japanese Vegan Snack. Difficulty: VERY Easy Time: 15 min Number of servings: n/a Ingredients: ・400g (about 1lb) Japanese sweet potato ・4 tbsp. sugar *regular white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc… are ok ・1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1/2 tsp. vinegar […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL. 146)
Ochikeron Recipe
3-Ingredient Japanese Crème Caramel

3-Ingredient Crème Caramel Difficulty: Very Easy Time: 30 mins + cooling time Number of servings: 4 100ml Microwavable Glass Cups Ingredients: ・2 eggs ・250ml milk ・3 tbsp. sugar Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Strain through a strainer into the cups. Cover with aluminum foil. Add water in the […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL. 145)
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Spaghetti Napolitan

Spaghetti Napolitan Popular Japanese Pasta Dish! Please use Kagome Tomato Ketchup for the best result! Difficulty: Easy Time: 20min Number of servings: 2 adults Ingredients: 200g (7oz.) Spaghetti 100g (3.5oz.) Onion 50g (1.8oz.) Carrot 50g (1.8oz.) Green Pepper 2 slices of Ham 1/2 Consommé Cube or Powder 2 or more […]

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JUNE 2021 (vol. 165)
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Have Fun Throughout HIROSHIMA

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! July 2021 (VOL. 165) Have Fun Throughout HIROSHIMA Located on the western side of the mainland, Hiroshima Prefecture shares borders with Okayama, Tottori, Shimane, and Yamaguchi prefectures, with the south side facing the Seto Inland Sea.  Famous for Itsukushima-jinja Shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima also […]

JUNE 2021 (vol. 164)
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Travelling by Local Railway in Tohoku

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! May 2021 (VOL. 164) Travelling by Local Railway in Tohoku In Japan, railway lines with a small passenger capacity are called “local railways.” There are many popular railways serving as sightseeing trains running through scenic areas all over Japan. Here are some of the recommended local railways […]

MAY 2021 (vol. 163)
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RESORT PLACES with Magnificent Views in Japan

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! May 2021 (VOL. 163) RESORT PLACESwith Magnificent Views in Japan There are many attractive resort places in Japan. Whether you want to refresh yourself in the great outdoors, or relax on the beach or in an onsen, away from your daily life, a wealth of excitement awaits […]

APR 2021 (vol. 162)
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ANIME NOW 2021

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! APRIL 2021 (VOL. 162) ANIME NOW 2021 Thus Spoke Kishibe “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is a very popular comic series supported by rabid fans all over the world, with more than 100 comic book volumes and over 100 million copies sold. As one of the popular characters in […]

MAR 2021 (vol. 161)
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Recommended Sakura-viewing Spots

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! MARCH 2021 (VOL. 161) Recommended Sakura-viewing Spots 1.Fukushima 福島 Weeping cherry trees of the Nitchu Line Blossoms on about 1,000 weeping cherry trees along a walking path for about 3 km bloom brilliantly, creating a beautiful view of a faint pink shower. This area used to be […]

FEB 2021 (vol. 160)
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Warm Up to a Japanese Kotatsu

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! FEBRUARY 2021 (VOL. 160) Warm Up to a Japanese Kotasu! What’s a Kotatsu? A kotatsu is a low blanketed table with a heater fixed to the underside. Sit on the floor with your legs tucked in and you’ll feel so snug, you won’t want to move. Kotatsu […]

JANUARY 2021 (VOL. 159)
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Enjoy Snow in Japan!

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! JANUARY 2021 (VOL. 159) Enjoy Snow in Japan! Japan has all kinds of snow activities to offer with great scenery and fun events all over Japan from the north to south during winter. Here are some of them. Hokkaido Niseko Hanazono ResortニセコHANAZONOリゾート A snow resort area that […]

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL. 158)
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Sweets to Try in Japan

att.JAPAN × JapanUp! DECEMBER 2020 (VOL. 158) Looks great!  Tastes great! Sweets to Try in Japan Hokkaido Parfait, coffee, sake, Sato Savoring a parfait as a refreshment after drinking has become a cultural trend in the past few years across Japan. Originated in Sapporo City, Hokkaido – known as a […]

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