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February 13, 2024

It's difficult because it's easy! Various meanings and uses of the basic verb "kake"

What do you dislike or find difficult about Japanese? It's different depending on the person. I think many people find pronunciation, kanji, grammar, etc. difficult, but as a Japanese language learner, the thing I struggle with the most is vocabulary. This time, I would like to share an article about the verb "kake", which has the same pronunciation but different meanings. It's a Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 level word, but if you look into it carefully, you'll find that there are many ways to write it in kanji, and it has a wide variety of meanings and characteristics. I would like to introduce what kind of kanji is written for "kakeru" and how to use it in what context.

September 20, 2022

【International Student Interview】 Meiji University (MEIJI UNIVERSITY)

"International student interviews" will listen to a variety of stories to foreign students studying at higher education institutions in Japan. Let's use it as a reference for choosing a school and preparing for the exam, such as what preparations and efforts have been made towards passing the university, the state of learning after admission.

June 15, 2022

【International Student Interview】Kanagawa University

"International student interviews" will listen to a variety of stories to foreign students studying at higher education institutions in Japan. Let's use it as a reference for choosing a school and preparing for the exam, such as what preparations and efforts have been made towards passing the university, the state of learning after admission.

February 1, 2024

Hidden spots in Kanto: A journey to discover Japan's hidden charms

Kanto is an area located near the central east of the Japanese archipelago. When you think of Kanto, you first think of many tourist attractions and famous places in Tokyo, but there are many places outside of Tokyo that have hidden charms that are often overlooked. Visit these regions and embark on a journey to discover Japan's hidden charms.

January 17, 2024

[Japanese Taxes] When and how do international students pay taxes?

What do you like most about Japan?
For me, a Belarusian, it is a rich natural environment with the sea, mountains, and forests. However, of course, money is needed to keep both nature and cityscapes clean. As you know, in order to collect that money, the government collects taxes. (By the way, did you know that the "Kanji of the Year" for 2023 is "tax"?)
Just like Japanese people, foreigners can enjoy the beautiful nature and cityscape, and in case of an emergency, they can call the police, fire trucks, and ambulances, and use various public facilities and services. Therefore, foreign nationals and international students who have lived in Japan for a while also need to pay taxes.
However, there are many types of taxes, so what kind of taxes should I pay, and when and how? How long do you have to live in the country to become taxable?
This article explains the taxes that international students must pay in Japan. (Please note that there are some differences in taxation from foreign workers.)

December 28, 2023

“Come to think of it, me too! 10 great options for studying abroad in Japan!!①”

Studying abroad in Japan is a series of new experiences. A variety of memories are engraved in your heart, from happy moments to sad events and embarrassing episodes. Based on my memories from my experience as an international student, I would like to introduce 10 anecdotes from studying abroad in Japan that you will be able to empathize with and say, ``I had that experience too!''

December 25, 2023

[Photograph, educational background/work history, self-promotion, motivation for applying, etc.] Characteristics of Japanese resumes and how to write them

Job seekers come from a variety of backgrounds, strengths, knowledge and aspirations. Applying to a variety of job opportunities by taking advantage of these characteristics, a resume is required for general selection at any company or organization. If you want to apply to a Japanese company or organization, you will most likely have to submit a Japanese-style resume. I wrote this article for those who have never written a Japanese resume and those who want to improve their own resume. If you have any questions regarding your resume, please check it out!

May 27, 2022

What is a famous school-oriented cram school?

The famous school-oriented cram school is a cram school with 13 schools in Tokyo, 1 school in Kyoto, and 3 schools in Osaka. Approximately 4,000 students attend, and many of them pass the school of their choice or difficult university here every year.

February 01, 2022

[For Japanese language schools] Why don't you teach Japanese through manga at "Trial Manga Library"?

We will explain the service provided by ACCESS NEXTAGE Co., Ltd. x Book Off Corporation to Japanese language schools to provide Japanese language learning opportunities through manga!

November 10, 2023

[Seal/Seal impression/Seal] What is a stamp? How to use it?

Did you know that stamps are used in Japan as a means to guarantee the authenticity of documents, just like signatures? In Japan, a small stick-shaped stamp called a "hanko" is often required in place of a signature when a package arrives, or in addition to a signature when signing a contract. Can foreigners use stamps? Where can I get it? Is it really necessary for foreigners? In this article, we will answer the questions above and explain stamps.

November 10, 2023

[Must-see for international students! How to succeed in finding a job in Japan] 3 benefits of using a job hunting agent

For international students, job hunting in Japan is a much heavier burden than for Japanese students. Recruiting companies often require high Japanese language proficiency that can be used in business settings, as well as an ability to adapt to cultural differences, including business customs unique to Japan. In addition, many international students may be confused by the unfamiliar job-hunting environment, such as Japan's unique "new graduate recruitment system."
For international students who may face such difficulties, there are many benefits to using a "job hunting agent service" when job hunting in Japan. Here we will introduce three advantages.

November 8, 2023

"When it comes to moving...where do I start? Explaining the preparations and procedures for moving"

Going to higher education, moving, getting a job, etc...If you live in Japan for a long time, the time will come at some point to move. When I moved to Japan for the first time, I had no idea where to start or what to do. I think there are many people who have the same problem as me at this time. For those who have such concerns, we have prepared a guide that will help you easily understand the moving process! If you are planning to move, just reading this once will make your preparations go smoothly. Now, let's get into the content!

October 16, 2023

[If you get tired of ordinary cafes & also for developing a hobby] You can go with friends or alone! Introducing 3 recommended playgrounds!

There are days when you want to meet and talk with friends, but find regular cafes a little boring. Or, there are days when you have free time and want to go out by yourself. For such a day, we will introduce three recommended places where you can have fun with friends or alone!

October 16, 2023

Tips for success at EJU taught by a former international student ③ ~Examination day and the second part of the EJU exam~

As a former international student who has taken the Examination for Japanese University Admission for University Admissions (EJU), this is a series in which I secretly tell you all the "tips" that were extremely useful during the exam and even during admission, which I can only know from having taken the exam! Lastly, I will mainly talk about the day of the exam and what happens after the exam.

September 06, 2023

“Tips for success at EJU taught by a former international student ② ~Last semester and the day before the exam~”

As a former international student who has taken the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), this series secretly tells you the "tricks" that were very useful for the exam, which you can understand only by taking the exam! This time, I will talk about preparations for the period just before the exam and the day before the exam.

September 06, 2023

[I want to give presents to my family and friends overseas! ] Easy-to-understand explanation of how to send international mail

If you are studying in Japan, you must have found many interesting things in various shops. When I first came to Japan, I used to think, "Oh, I want my mother to eat this snack!" Ta.
However, I was surprised to learn that in order to send packages overseas from Japan, it is not possible to send them in the same way as in my home country. If it's a postcard or a book, you can send it as is, but what should I do if the package contains several items?
This article explains how to send packages overseas using international mail.

August 14, 2023

[I can't do it anymore! I want to go back to my country! ] Tips for relieving stress

Introduction
Every student has experienced stress. But when you study abroad, that amount of stress increases dramatically. It is difficult to move even within your home country. When it comes to moving to a foreign country, stress is unavoidable, not only because of the new environment and moving procedures, but also because of cultural differences and language difficulties. Therefore, I would like to share my stress relief methods.

August 14, 2023

A complete explanation of Nihon Railway! [2] Long trips by train, such as how to ride the Shinkansen

When you are studying abroad, there are times when you want to refresh yourself and experience Japanese culture by going to see friends far away from Tokyo or going on long trips. However, when boarding a train for that reason, there are times when you don't know where to go or which ticket to buy. In this article, I will briefly introduce how to ride a train, which is necessary when going out!

July 11, 2023

Things to know before taking the EJU

The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is a test conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) to measure the Japanese language proficiency and basic scholastic ability (science, general subjects, and mathematics) of those who wish to study in Japanese schools. Many schools in Japan use EJU to test for international students to enter school. In addition, it is also used as a guide to Japanese language skills necessary for understanding classes after enrollment, and to select those who will receive scholarships.

July 10, 2023

A former international student teaches EJU tips ①
~Goals and Study~

As a former international student who has taken the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), this is a series that secretly conveys to you all the "tricks" that were very useful in the exam, which you can understand only by taking the exam! This time, I'm going to talk about goal setting and daily study.
In a previous article, I explained about EJU information, so if you are interested in the exam outline, schedule, cost, how to use exam results for entrance exams, etc., please check this article as well. I guess!
https://www.studyjapan.jp/topics/shingaku/eju.html

July 10, 2023

I want to shop at a Japanese store!
~Introducing the types of stores that stock daily necessities~

When you move to Japan, you will need to do a lot of shopping. Even if you want to bring a lot of things from your home country, you won't be able to bring everything with just one or two suitcases.
However, when you come to Japan for the first time, it is not uncommon to experience the problem of not knowing where to buy anything. Especially when you can't find something you want to buy right away, like medicine or toilet paper.
For those of you who are planning to visit Japan or have just arrived, this article will introduce you to the various types of Japanese shops.

May 25, 2023

A former exchange student told us, “Making Japanese friends! To you who are lost』

How should international students attending school meet Japanese people and make friends? Moreover, I was embarrassed by my Japanese level, so I had a hard time speaking to people in Japanese. What should I do in such a case?

May 25, 2023

A complete explanation of Nihon Railway! [1] Train language and how to ride

A complete explanation of the new series, Nihon Railway! Railways are used casually in Japan, but it is also true that it is a little confusing from the standpoint of an international student. Why are there so many railway companies? How do you ride the Shinkansen? How do you get on the train in the first place? In this series, we will explain things in an easy-to-understand manner from the perspective of international students so that you can use the railway more conveniently. In this first article, let's start with "words" and "how to ride", which are often confusing.

March 01, 2023

practice shadowing

What do you do to improve your Japanese pronunciation? I think there are many ways to do this, but in this column I will introduce "shadowing".

March 01, 2023

Let's learn about spring flowers and events in Japan!

The cold winter is finally coming to an end, and I can almost hear the footsteps of spring. I can't wait for the warm and warm spring weather. What spring events are there in your country? This time, I would like to introduce you to Japanese spring flowers and events.

February 01, 2023

Are you able to have a natural conversation in Japanese?

If you only study Japanese from textbooks, it may be difficult to have a natural conversation. In this column, I will introduce some tips to help you have a natural conversation.

February 01, 2023

Introducing all the attractions of Kyushu!

Have you ever traveled to Kyushu? Compared to the Kanto and Kansai regions, it may be a place that is still not well known to foreigners. Kyushu is full of attractions such as hot springs, gourmet food, and nature. This time, I would like to introduce recommended spots in Kyushu that I would like everyone to visit.

January 01, 2023

List of frequently used onomatopoeias Released list of meanings and example sentences

Do you know "onomatopoeia" that conveys sounds, states, and feelings in Japanese? There are many expressions that use the same word twice, such as "pika pika", "zaaa", and "fluffy". This time, I will introduce a list of frequently used onomatopoeias. Try using it in your daily conversations.

January 01, 2023

Only in winter! Beautiful snow scene in Japan

Happy new year. When a new year begins, I feel somewhat excited. Spring is still far away, but there are many wonderful sights that can only be seen in the cold winter. This time, I would like to introduce beautiful snow scenery and recommended sightseeing spots that make you think, "This is winter in Japan!"

December 01, 2022

Learn about Japanese hot spring culture

The season has changed from autumn to winter, and it's getting colder day by day. How do you spend the cold winter months in your country? In Japan, it has long been a custom to bathe in hot springs to warm yourself up when it is cold. This time, I would like to introduce Japanese hot spring culture.

December 01, 2022

Japanese used at work

Do you have a part-time job in Japan? There are various jobs, but I think there are many international students who work at convenience stores, restaurants, coffee shops (cafes, etc.). In this column, I will introduce polite Japanese that you use when working with customers in Japan.

November 01, 2022

Let's enjoy autumn leaves hunting! Recommended autumn leaves spots in Kansai

It's November, and autumn is slowly getting closer. It's the season when the trees in the mountains and parks change colors all at once, and you can enjoy beautiful gradations of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Many people go hiking or travel with friends and family. This time, I would like to introduce some recommended autumn leaves spots in Kansai.

November 01, 2022

What is the difference between "wakuwaku" and "throbbing", "happiness" and "fun"? -Use of similar words

Do you know the difference between "excited" and "excited"? What about the difference between "I'm happy" and "Fun", and between "I don't know" and "I don't know"? In this column, we have summarized how to use similar words and how to distinguish between them.

October 13, 2022

Is Japan a disaster prone country? Know the types of natural disasters and countermeasures along with the disaster chronology in recent years

Japan is said to be a disaster-prone country. Let's look back on the major natural disasters that have occurred in recent years, learn about the types of natural disasters that occur in Japan, learn the details and countermeasures for each type, and be prepared in case of an emergency.

October 01, 2022

How to improve your writing skills in Japanese

The ability to write Japanese, which is necessary for living in Japan. Here are four recommended ways to do just that.

October 01, 2022

Japanese autumn events and delicious food

The season has turned to autumn. This time, I would like to introduce autumn events and foods in Japan. Some are unique to Japan, while others may be the same as your country. Please read while comparing.

September 30, 2022

Things to know before taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an examination that measures and certifies the Japanese language proficiency of non-native Japanese, which is jointly conducted by the Japan International Education Support Association (JEES) and the Japan Foundation.

September 01, 2022

How do you memorize kanji? N4-N5 level kanji books recommended by Japanese teachers

This time, I will introduce four useful textbooks (books) for studying kanji. The level of the book is N4 to N5 level kanji. If you want to review beginner's kanji, please check it out.

September 01, 2022

Let's learn Japanese traditional culture "Kimono"!

Kimono is known around the world as a representative traditional culture of Japan. Nowadays, there are fewer opportunities to see people wearing kimonos on the street, but many people still wear kimonos for special occasions such as New Year's, coming-of-age ceremonies, and weddings. This time, I would like to introduce Japanese kimono culture while looking back on its history.

August 01, 2022

Let's improve your ability to "read" Japanese-Why is it difficult to read the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? ~

If you continue to "read Japanese happily" for a long time, it will be easier to understand the reading comprehension of the exam. And it becomes a topic of conversation when talking, and the conversation becomes an interesting person. Why don't you start "reading Japanese happily" in your daily life?

August 01, 2022

Kansai is such a place! Introducing all the charms!

The Kanto region is where Tokyo, the current center of Japan's economy, is located. So what is the Kansai region? Kansai is a unique area where you can feel the rich nature, food culture, history and traditional culture. This time, we will introduce the features and recommended spots of each region.

July 01, 2022

Learn Japanese with videos

Are you good at "listening to Japanese conversation"? Are you not good at it? It's hard to hear conversations in a foreign language, isn't it? Today, I would like to share "the experience of listening a lot and improving my listening skills" along with my memories of studying in the United States when I was in high school.

July 01, 2022

Japanese summer tradition

It's finally summer. What do you imagine when you hear "summer in Japan"? This time, I would like to introduce summer events and food that are unique to Japan. Some may be unique to Japan, others may be the same as your country. Please read while comparing.

June 27, 2022

Foreigners are in trouble at the hospital. Explaining the flow of health insurance, medical expenses and medical examinations in Japan

In this article, I will explain in detail how foreigners receive medical examinations at Japanese hospitals. In addition, we will provide solutions for foreigners' problems at hospitals (doctors do not understand the language, do not know which hospital to go to, financial anxiety about health insurance and medical expenses, etc.).

June 07, 2022

Is it difficult for foreigners to make a rental contract in Japan? Introducing the flow of examination and properties that do not require a guarantor

日本で部屋(家)を借りたいと思っている外国人の方に向けて、まずは海外と日本の賃貸契約に関する違いを解説します。その後、実際に部屋を借りるまでの流れを外国人専用の物件サイトとあわせてご紹介します。外国人が日本で賃貸契約をする際に一番ネックになる「保証人問題」の解決策や、外国人に多いトラブルなどよくある悩みも一通り解説。これを読めば、日本で部屋(家)を探して、借りて住むまでの手続きがわかります。

June 01, 2022

How to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? "What you can do" before and on the day of the exam

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is held twice a year in Japan in July and December. There are 5 exam levels, from N1 to N5, in order from the most difficult one. All international students taking the exam say that "reading comprehension" is the most difficult. Because I have to read a lot of long sentences. And some people find it difficult to "listen". This is because many people are not good at listening. Some of you may not be able to remember "character vocabulary (kanji and words)". This column will give you advice on how to study character vocabulary (Chinese characters and words) and how to do "reading" and "listening" before and during the exam.

June 01, 2022

Recommended during the rainy season! [3 selections of Japanese gardens in Kyoto]

There are four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and one of the attractions of Japan is that you can enjoy different scenery depending on the season. April is cherry blossoms, May is fresh green, and the season is about to change to the rainy season. This time, I would like to introduce you to the Japanese gardens in Kyoto that you should definitely visit during the rainy season. I would like to touch on the history of Japanese Zen culture and dry gardens.

May 01, 2022

How to use "ha" and "ga"

When and how should "ha" and "ga" be used? Are both the same? You may think, but if you make a mistake between "ha" and "ga", the meaning may change. In this column, I will introduce how to use "ha" and "ga" separately. In the second half, I will explain the difference in meaning when using "ha" and "ga" in the same sentence. I hope it will be a hint for your Japanese conversation.

May 01, 2022

Let's enjoy the nature and gourmet food of Hokkaido!

Speaking of Hokkaido, the image of "snow" is probably the first thing to imagine. Of course, Hokkaido in winter is also full of charm, but you can fully enjoy it even if you visit in other seasons. Especially in summer, it is cool and easy to spend, so many people visit. This time, we will introduce recommended sightseeing cities and sightseeing spots as well as the geography and climate of Hokkaido.

April 01, 2022

How do you read "what"? How to use "Nani" and "Nan"

Japanese kanji are the same kanji and can be read in various ways. Do you ever know what to read as "Nani" or "Nan"?

In this column, I will teach you the rules for reading "Nani" and "Nan". Sometimes it may be different from the rules, but at that time, listen carefully to the Japanese way of speaking and remember it.

April 01, 2022

Mt. Fuji, a spectacular spot in Japan that you want to visit at least once

What do you imagine when you hear "Japanese mountains"? After all it is "Mt. Fuji". This time, I would like to introduce information on climbing Mt. Fuji, Japanese mountain worship, and recommended scenic spots.

March 14, 2022

[Foreigners] Introducing the documents required to open a bank account and how to create a bank account with 6 recommended banks!

A bank account is necessary for exchanging money that is indispensable for daily life, such as receiving salary and paying utility bills. What if a foreigner wants to open a new bank account in Japan? Introducing the conditions and documents required to open an account, how to open an account, and 6 recommended banks to open an account.

March 10, 2022

Let's enjoy cherry blossom viewing in Kansai! [3 recommended cherry blossom spots]

The cold seasons continue in January and February, and in March you can feel the arrival of spring little by little. Speaking of spring in Japan, after all it is cherry blossoms. "Hanami" is a special event for Japanese people, where you can bring your lunch with your friends and family and have a good time under the cherry blossoms. Here are some recommended cherry blossom spots in Kansai along with the history of cherry blossom viewing.

March 09, 2022

I asked my seniors how to study Chinese characters.

Studying Chinese characters is difficult, isn't it? How do you always study? In this column, four Japanese language school students will teach you recommended ways to study Chinese characters (all of these seniors have passed N3!) How did they learn Chinese characters when they first studied Japanese? Is not it. There seem to be various ways to study Chinese characters.

February 03, 2022

Very convenient! How to use the particle "de" and the last "ne-yo-na" in conversation

"Ni" "o" "de" "ga" ... This is called a "particle". When and when do you use it? Do you know how to use it? In today's column, let's learn how to use the particles "~~ de" and the last "ne yo na" that are often used in conversation. Please remember when you have a conversation.

February 03, 2022

If you come to Japan, please try it [The 3 best Japanese tastes]

What kind of Japanese restaurant is there in your country? From standard menus such as sushi and tempura to popular dishes such as ramen and curry rice, various Japanese dishes are now being eaten all over the world. This time, I would like to introduce the "Japanese taste" that you should definitely try when you visit Japan, along with the history.

January 17, 2022

Recommended by Japanese [Kyoto Temple & Shrine Best 3]

"The total for the year is on New Year's Day." Many Japanese go to temples and shrines for the first time in the New Year, thank God, set goals for the year, and fortune for the year with fortunes. This time, we would like to introduce you to the temples and shrines that you should definitely visit when you come to Kyoto, as well as the surrounding sightseeing spots.

January 07, 2022

How do you remember "words"? use? I will teach you recommended practice!

How do you learn new words? It's hard to remember the words, isn't it? And don't you forget it as soon as you remember it? (Laughs) In this column, I will give you advice on "how to remember words" and "how to practice" that you use in your daily life. Please give it a try.

December 27, 2021

Let's enjoy the "snow" of Japan

What do you imagine when you think of what you want to enjoy in winter Japan? When asked by international students, "snow" is often said. There are countries and regions in the world where it does not snow, and not only international students but also foreign tourists come to see the snow in Japan. Japanese snow, which often falls quietly, is closely related to Japanese culture. Let's enjoy winter to the fullest with snow while learning what kind of culture there is.

December 24, 2021

Learn the meaning and usage of Japanese "onomatopoeia" from winter to spring

Onomatopoeia is a Japanese expression that expresses natural sounds, voices, states, and movements. In winter, you will often read and listen to onomatopoeia such as "shinshin," "blurring," and "warm" in Japan. It often appears when reading Japanese reading comprehension sentences. In this article, I will introduce onomatopoeia that is often used in winter with example sentences. Learn the meaning and learn more about Japanese than ever before.

November 10, 2021

Japanese Trend Series 4th | Learn Japanese in an easy-to-understand way by learning popular words

"Are Japanese people really using such beautiful Japanese now?" Have you ever opened a textbook and thought so? The words that are popular among young Japanese people are not written in textbooks. However, there are many things that are useful when studying Japanese grammar. In this article, I will introduce three.

October 01, 2021

Japanese Trend Series 3rd | Improve your Japanese with popular Japanese songs that you can listen to on YouTube

I want to speak Japanese, but I'm not confident and I can't speak Japanese easily. Is there such a person? In order to raise the level of Japanese conversation, it is necessary to talk a lot with Japanese people without worrying if you think you are not good at Japanese. The recommended way to build confidence is to learn and sing Japanese songs. In this article, I will introduce popular songs to young Japanese people.

September 28, 2021

What is the average utility bill after studying in Japan? "Explanation of electricity, gas, and water contract methods"

How much does it cost to live in Japan after studying abroad (electricity, gas, water)? I will introduce it based on an example of living alone in Japan. Also, when living in Japan, it is necessary to make a contract for electricity, water, and gas in addition to the contract for a room or house such as an apartment or apartment, so I will explain the procedure (not necessary if you live in a share house). There are several companies that have contracts, but please be assured that the landlord will tell you.

August 31, 2021

Japan's trendy series 2nd | Let's improve listening ability by watching Japanese movies that are hit on the distribution site

Many movie distribution sites found around the world have the ability to add or remove subtitles. Of course, subtitles will help you to understand Japanese. Here are three ways to study Japanese on the distribution site and three popular Japanese movies.

August 25, 2021

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Online information sessions about Japanese universities that can be attended from Europe

August 19, 2021

【International Student Interview】 Meiji University (MEIJI UNIVERSITY)

"International student interviews" will listen to a variety of stories to foreign students studying at higher education institutions in Japan. Let's use it as a reference for choosing a school and preparing for the exam, such as what preparations and efforts have been made towards passing the university, the state of learning after admission.

July 28, 2021

Extra edition of Japanese fashion series, even beginners can enjoy! Learn about old Japanese culture with picture books

There are picture books that have been read for a long time in Japan and are still popular. The picture books are written in easy Japanese, so even beginners can read them and learn about the traditional Japanese culture and history. Some people may think that picture books are something that children read, but there are many Japanese who cherish their favorite picture books even as adults. Let's take a look at the world of Japanese picture books.

June 30, 2021

Japan's trendy series 1st | Read on your smartphone! Manga that Japanese people often read now

Japanese manga that is very popular all over the world. I think international students are also interested in it. I checked the manga that is popular in Japan now. These are the comics that have recently won awards and the comics that you often see on SNS. All of them can be bought on smartphones, so if you are interested, please read it.

June 24, 2021

What is a residence card? Documents required for renewal and procedures for Street address

A residence card issued to foreigners who are in Japan for the medium to long term. We will explain what kind of card it is, its role, how to read the Street address

May 20, 2021

What is the status of residence? Explain the types of status of residence and "application-immigration-residence card issuance"!

If you are not a Japanese national and want to come to Japan to study, you need to obtain a status of residence. Therefore, I will explain what kind of status of residence you have, and the flow from application to entry and issuance of a residence card.

May 12, 2021

Increasing Japanese online lessons What is different from face-to-face lessons? Let's compare

Now that immigration restrictions continue in Japan due to the influence of the new coronavirus, the number of foreigners taking online Japanese classes overseas is increasing. I am teaching a Japanese teacher who lives in Japan. What is the difference between traditional face-to-face lessons and online lessons? Also, what kind of preparation is required before taking online classes?

April 15, 2021

Japanese lifestyle series 2nd | Be careful! Japanese garbage dump

Garbage disposal rules vary from country to country. For example, there are countries where you can put out burnable garbage and non-burnable garbage together, but in Japan it violates the rules. It must be sorted according to the type of garbage. If you don't divide it, the garbage truck may not bring it with you.

March 26, 2021

Japanese lifestyle series 1st | Transportation rules are different from foreign countries! ??

A new series will start this month. The theme is about Japanese lifestyle. We publish an article once a month for international students, those who want to study abroad, and those who have just studied abroad. This month, the first time, we will introduce information you need to know in advance about transportation in Japan.

February 18, 2021

Introducing site conversion tools! What is "Easy Japanese"? Cases and benefits

Have you ever heard the word "easy Japanese"? It is a very useful word for both international students and Japanese people involved in international students. Let's know its features and cases and use it for daily communication.

February 01, 2021

Let's use Japanese multilingual media for different purposes

I want to find out about Japan, but many people are in trouble because they don't understand Japanese. In this article, we will introduce web media and apps that provide information on Japan in many languages. About Japanese news, current Japanese society, tourism information, and studying abroad in Japan ... The site you see will change depending on what you want to find out.

December 03, 2020

"Kimetsu no Yaiba Infinite Train Edition" is a big hit! What are the 5 best Japanese movies you've ever seen?

What do you think of when you hear "Japanese movies"? Most people may think of anime movies. In fact, if you look at the box office revenue of movies in Japan, most of the movies produced in Japan are anime. And now, it is expected that the anime movie "Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Hen", which is currently being screened, will increase its box office revenue with great momentum and become the number one in history. What was popular about Japanese movies so far? I will explain while looking back.

November 04, 2020

【International Student Interview】JF Oberlin University

"International student interviews" will listen to a variety of stories to foreign students studying at higher education institutions in Japan. Let's use it as a reference for choosing a school and preparing for the exam, such as what preparations and efforts have been made towards passing the university, the state of learning after admission.

November 04, 2020

There are rules for part-time jobs for international students! Let's check before starting a part-time job

If your status of residence is "College Student" when you come to Japan, you need a permit to work in Japan. Even after getting permission from the Immigration Bureau, you still need to know the various rules. You can work part-time within 28 hours a week (up to 8 hours a day during long school holidays) and must work outside of sex business. I will also explain what happens if you do not follow the rules and the points when looking for a part-time job.

October 13, 2020

Enjoy the difference from the words of Tokyo! Japanese dialect

Like other languages, Japanese may have different pronunciations and parts of speech depending on the region. Such a word used only in rural areas is called a "dialect". Most of the Japanese used in Japanese exams and entrance exams is in Tokyo, but the correct way to say Tokyo is the "Tokyo dialect", which is one of the dialects. In this article, we will take the Osaka dialect as an example and look at the differences from the Tokyo dialect.

September 04, 2020

Japanese is difficult? Difficult to understand? -Let's know the characteristics of Japanese grammar-

Japanese as a mother tongue that Japanese people feel is different from Japanese that foreigners feel. Even if you are studying Japanese and think "it's difficult to understand" or "it's difficult", it doesn't stop there, and it may be interesting to think "Why do Japanese people use this kind of grammar?" In this article, I will pick up two Japanese grammars that are difficult for foreigners to understand, and think about what the Japanese want to convey.

August 07, 2020

I do not know when a disaster will occur! What should I do if I have an earthquake or typhoon in Japan?

Earthquakes, typhoons, heavy rain... Various disasters have occurred recently. Japan is a country with many earthquakes. What should we do "before the disaster", not "after the disaster?" In this article, I will introduce what you should prepare and Japanese that you should remember in case of a disaster.

July 29, 2020

[Japanese Culture] Food Culture-Japanese Summer Food

I think it is famous that Japan has four seasons. Japanese enjoy various meals according to the season. In the summer, we will introduce the foods that are popular in summer in Japan, which can be eaten refreshingly even in the hot season.

July 07, 2020

What is "time management" that is useful when you are not motivated?

Due to the influence of the new corona, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) was canceled in July, and I think many people are uneasy. However, you must continue to study Japanese so that you can take the entrance examination for a university/graduate school/ Professional Training College, pass the next JLPT, and live a more fulfilling life in Japan. Know how to manage your time well so you can stay focused.

June 05, 2020

LINE, Skype, Takunomu... How do Japanese people make video calls?

The number of people making video calls is increasing all over the world while they cannot go out. What kind of video phone tools do Japanese people use nowadays, not only for work and study but also for talking with friends online? We will introduce each feature together.

May 07, 2020

Let's read the news in easy Japanese

Newspapers that Japanese people read every day and TV news they watch. "You can't read or see Japanese news just like Japanese people yet." News written in easy Japanese for foreigners and Japanese elementary and middle school students There is a website called "WEB EASY" (NHK).

April 07, 2020

Frying a carp streamer- [Children's Day]

Have you ever heard a nursery rhyme beginning with "Yane Yori Takai Koinobori"? This is a singing of the Japanese Children's Day. In Japan, there is a holiday called "Children's Day" every May.

April 07, 2020

For foreigners! 5 Japanese novels that can be read with N3 level Japanese ability

With N3 level reading skills, there are many novels that can be enjoyed in Japanese as well as Japanese. When I read Japanese novels for the first time, I selected five novels that I would recommend.

March 12, 2020

List of "universities" that hold online school briefings

Information on "universities" that hold online school briefings and school counseling meetings is posted here. We will also introduce schools that have decided to disclose information on the Internet due to postponements of briefings.

March 04, 2020

[Life in Japan] Preparing to move for a new life

In Japan, March is the end of the school year. In March everyone is busy preparing for the next new life. Especially when it comes to moving, even Japanese are very troublesome to move, not to mention international students who are not good at Japanese. Since I was a former international student, when I moved, I often didn't know how to update my procedures, so I had a lot of trouble. Here, I would like to introduce some advice from my moving experience.

February 07, 2020

[Japanese culture] Valentine's Day unique to Japan, not just for lovers

February 14 is a romantic day for people in many countries. This day is known as a lover's day. Most couples date on this day or go for a sumptuous meal. Men tend to give gifts to men from Valentine's Day, and popular gifts often include chocolate and red roses. Some people confess their feelings to the people they like on this day. But in Japan, this day is not just a special day for couples. So let's take a look at Japan's unique Valentine's Day.

February 07, 2020

[Japanese culture] Do you know how to eat Ehomaki?

Do you know "Ehomaki"? Also, do you know how to eat? Many foreigners may not know what kind of food is Ehomaki. Here, we will introduce Ehomaki, which can only be tasted in Japan, and how to eat it.

January 25, 2020

[Japanese culture] once-in-a-lifetime ceremony

Do you know about the coming-of-age ceremony? In Japan, the age of 20 is defined as an adult, and the "adult ceremony" is held in various places in Japan as an event to recognize that a young person reaching the age of 20 has become an adult. There is also a national holiday called "Adults Day". Most people do not know what to do, "Adult ceremony", which is not performed in foreign countries. So, I will introduce the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

January 20, 2020

[Japanese culture] What is "Hatsumode" unique to Japan?

The timing of the new year is probably the most important holiday of the year for many. Different countries have different timings and ways to spend the new year. Here, we introduce “Hatsumode”, a tradition of celebrating the New Year unique to Japan.

January 09, 2020

[Life in Japan] What international students should be aware of when working part-time in Japan

In Japan, international students can also work part-time and earn money within certain conditions. First of all, let's confirm the conditions and check points for working part-time here.

November 30, 2019

[Life in Japan] Let's learn about preparations and actions after an earthquake

I think everyone knows through news that Japan is an earthquake-prone country. Earthquakes can occur anywhere and anytime. In Japan, we have been teaching about countermeasures from an early age, such as kindergartens and elementary schools, in preparation for earthquakes. For example, “evacuation drill”. In your home country, you may not have learned at school about earthquake preparedness, or it may have been very easy to learn. As a country with many earthquakes, Japan is preparing for various earthquakes. Here, we will introduce the countermeasures and actions after the earthquake.

November 29, 2019

[Japanese culture] 4 Japanese festivals you'll definitely want to visit

The Japanese [festival] was originally born as an act of expressing gratitude and praying to God, Buddha, and ancestors. In addition to thanking God, the original meaning of the festival is to hope that crops such as cereals are abundant and to appreciate the fruits, and sometimes to give the harvested crops as offerings. Not only in Japan but also in various countries, each region has its own rituals. Many Japanese festivals are classified as Shinto, but many are influenced by foreign customs. The region name may be associated with the name of the festival, or it may be named with the contents of the festival. Japan is said to have over 300,000 festivals nationwide. There are so many that it's difficult to see all of them, but I picked up four famous Japanese festivals that I want to see especially once.

November 01, 2019

What kind of meal do Japanese people eat? Japanese food culture

You all know that Japan is an island country surrounded by the sea. Being an island country, you can always taste fresh seafood in Japan. For example, sushi and sashimi, which everyone knows, are the most iconic dishes in Japan. Besides seafood, there are many delicious dishes in Japan. These dishes have their own [food and drink rules] and [manners] that are unique to Japan. It may be strange rules and manners for foreigners, but let's enjoy these dishes while understanding them as a characteristic of Japanese food and food culture.

July 26, 2019

[Life in Japan] Common sense of living in Japan

* The original text of this article is written in Chinese. "Irish Kazoku" Immediately before the end of the same period as Japan's international studies, the future of international studies in Japan. "Rules" for life in Japan, normal for Japanese customs, Tadashi for foreigners' theory, surprising and terrific, for the return of local regions, and now for the sake of living in Japan.

May 31, 2019

[Academic Information] "Schools Guidance for International Students" Usage Guide-Advance Preparation-

"Schools Guidance for International Students University, graduate school, junior college, Professional Training College Direct consultation with our admissions adviser is very effective in finding the right course for you. Here is a summary of what you want to prepare before attending the briefing. Be prepared in advance in order to help you choose your course. Schools Guidance for International Students Let's join "

May 31, 2019

[Academic Information] "Schools Guidance for International Students" Application Guide-Venue-

"Schools Guidance for International Students International students from all over the world, graduate schools, universities, junior colleges, Professional Training College This is an event where you can consult directly with the entrance examination adviser. Please prepare well in advance and do one day to help your career choice.

March 22, 2019

【Matching learning】 Learning from university and junior college

I want to enroll in a university / junior college, but I do not understand the field I want to study well.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] learning of Professional Training College

Professional Training College , strong in employment. What kind of occupation can you aim from learning? You may find the perfect job for you from the keywords you are interested ...

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japan's Professional Training College "medical field"

Knowledge and skills learned at Professional Training College directly lead to qualifications and employment. Therefore, we need to think about the course after graduation from early on. Here, the field lines classified as "medical system" are listed

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japan's Professional Training College "sanitation field"

Knowledge and skills learned at Professional Training College directly lead to qualifications and employment. Therefore, we need to think about the course after graduation from early on. Here, we list the field lines classified as "hygiene system".

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japanese Professional Training College "education / social welfare field"

Knowledge and skills learned at Professional Training College directly lead to qualifications and employment. Therefore, we need to think about the course after graduation from early on. Here, the field lines classified as "Education / Social Welfare System" are listed.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japan's Professional Training College "industrial field"

The knowledge and skills you learn at Professional Training College directly translate into qualifications and employment. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the course after graduation early on. Here, the field systems classified as "industrial" are listed.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japanese Professional Training College "commercial business field"

The knowledge and skills you learn at Professional Training College directly translate into qualifications and employment. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the course after graduation early on. Here, the field systems classified as "Commercial work type" are listed.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japan's Professional Training College "agricultural field"

The knowledge and skills you learn at Professional Training College directly translate into qualifications and employment. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the course after graduation early on. Here, the field systems classified as "agricultural" are listed.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japan's Professional Training College "Clothing and Home Economics"

The knowledge and skills you learn at Professional Training College directly translate into qualifications and employment. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the course after graduation early on. Here, the field systems classified as "Clothing / Home Economics" are listed.

March 22, 2019

【Matching learning】 Japan's Professional Training College "Culture and Liberal Arts"

The knowledge and skills you learn at Professional Training College directly translate into qualifications and employment. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the course after graduation early on. Here, the field systems classified as "Cultural and Liberal Arts" are listed.

March 22, 2019

【Learning Matching】 Japanese University "Humanities and Social Sciences"

In Japanese universities and junior colleges, it is necessary to determine the desired faculties and departments prior to admission to most schools. Therefore, it is important to check carefully in advance. Here, we have listed the disciplines of "Humanities and Social Sciences".

March 22, 2019

【Learning matching】 Japanese university "Biological field"

In Japanese universities and junior colleges, it is necessary to determine the desired faculties and departments prior to admission to most schools. Therefore, it is important to check carefully in advance. Here, we have listed the field of study of "biology".

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japanese university "integrated field"

In Japanese universities and junior colleges, it is necessary to determine the desired faculties and departments prior to admission to most schools. Therefore, it is important to find out in advance which department or department you want to learn in advance. Here is a list of integrated disciplines. Please try to reference the school choice.

March 22, 2019

[Matching of learning] Japanese university "science and engineering field"

In Japanese universities and junior colleges, it is necessary to determine the desired faculties and departments prior to admission to most schools. Therefore, it is important to find out in advance which department or department you want to learn in advance. Here is a list of science and engineering disciplines. Please try to reference the school choice.

March 05, 2019

3 reasons why you should start a "school search" right now

I want to study in Japan because I like Japan, but I haven't studied what kind of study or school it is. To all foreign students. Start your school search now. Here are the three reasons why you should start your school search right away.

January 30, 2019

【Examination Guide】 "University" for International Students

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "university". Let's get ready for going to university by roughly checking the characteristics of Japanese universities, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

January 30, 2019

【Examination Guide】 Information for admission to "Junior College" for international students

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "junior college". Let's get ready for junior college education by roughly checking the characteristics of Japanese junior college, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

January 30, 2019

[Examination Guide] Information for entrance into a " Professional Training College " for international students

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to " Professional Training College ". Let's start preparing for Professional Training College education by roughly checking the characteristics of Japanese Professional Training College , main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

January 30, 2019

[Examination Guide] For graduate students "Graduate school" admission information

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "graduate school". Let's prepare for graduate school advance by checking the characteristics of the graduate school in Japan, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

January 30, 2019

【Examination Guide】 "International College" for international students

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "professional university". Let 's get ready to go on to professional college by roughly checking the characteristics of Japanese professional colleges and universities, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

January 16, 2019

Three points to find a “school that suits you”

To make your dream come true, you need to choose the school that is right for you. Here are three tips that can help foreign students choose Japanese schools.

January 16, 2019

“How to Gather Japanese School Information” Guide for International Students

It is very important to select the school that suits you and to collect the information necessary for taking the entrance exam to improve your education. Here's how to get information about going on to school. In addition to consulting with the teachers at your current school, collect information actively.

January 09, 2019

“Scholarship” guide for international students

Japan's reluctant, excellent foreign students, international students, and various international organizations Scholarship Program Apply meaning. Self-disciplinary system, use of research, study of academic commemoration, environmental adjustment.

January 09, 2019

【Examination Guide】 Japanese higher education institutions accepting international students

There are seven types of higher education institutions that accept international students in Japan. Educational goals and career after graduation vary from school to school. Let's check the school type you want to go on here.

October 01, 2018

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