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Writing About Japan

A great post by Our Man in Abiko on how to write about Japan. He writes: 1. In your book, magazine title or blog header, make sure you have a reference to “Rising Sun” “Yen to do blah blah” or “Far Eastern Promise.”Anything else will mark you out as an amateur, or worse, one of… Keep Reading



Henry Seals has sent Black Tokyo a message from the Black Professionals in Tokyo message board: Hello Everyone, This is just a note to remind you about the show below.  It should definitely be a great evening.  So please come and join us on May 17th when M&U presents, Enuf’.  Come out enjoy good company; enjoy… Keep Reading


Japanese Grammar Quiz

Harvey over at Japan Newbie has an interesting challenge for you budding Japanese linguist. He writes… “Are you confident in your Japanese language skills? Try this pretty tough online grammar quiz and see what you still need to learn. Japanese Grammar Quiz 文法クイズ After you submit your answers it will tell you what you got… Keep Reading

Japan Times Blogroll: Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo by RICARDO BILTON:  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each culture that he now shares with the readers of… Keep Reading


Loco in Yokohama: #9 – Mentsu

It is common to use メンツ in Japan. It is my understanding that the kanji 『面子』 is not used since this kanji is normally used when writing in Chinese. Those that play mahjong may be familiar with the word. The term “otoko no mentsu 『男のメンツ」is a common term in Japan but I think the term “menmoku”『面目』can also… Keep Reading


Hungry For Words

I have discovered some great sites to help those studying Japanese culture and language, Hungry for Words and Just Bento.  Hungry for Words is the personal web site of Makiko Itoh, a developer/designer of web and PDF related technologies. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she has lived in numerous places including the U.S., England, and Switzerland. She is… Keep Reading

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