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How to Japonese

Last updated on August 24, 2009

I  love the blog, How to Japonese. The writer puts his heart and soul into his Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s posting on learning the Japanese language and life in Japan. Here is a blurb from the Japan Times interview:

The blog How To Japonese should appeal to anyone studying intermediate and advanced Japanese, but don’t expect structured step-by-step courses. Launched in 2008 by Daniel Morales, a New Orleanian who first came to Japan in 2002 and currently works as a translation coordinator in Tokyo, the blog pretty much comprises whatever crosses Morales’ radar. What ties it all together is his fascination with the curiosities, idiosyncrasies and beauty of nihongo.While he excels in deconstructing unusual kanji or pointing out common mistakes made by native English-speakers, one post-category in particular neatly sums up his advice on learning Japanese: “Get used to it!” In between tips, Morales weaves in topics such as his latest favoriteJapanese beer or his admiration for best-selling author Haruki Murakami. And in case you were wondering why it’s spelled Japonese, keep reading.

Another thing that I log about the How to Japonese blog is the sweat equity (didn’t I mention heart and soul) he puts into his posts. Let me use something important to those living in Japan, especially during the hot and humid season, beer. Check out the details on where to find good brew on the Yamanote Line:

Shimbashi – Goody De Cafe is on the lower level of the Karasumori Exit (might be called the Shiodome Exit?) just before heading down to the Yokosuka line. They have Guiness in a can and that silly machine that shakes the pint to foam it up a bit. Assorted snacks and some other beer on tap, too. Open from breakfast onward on weekdays and Saturday (closes early afternoon on Saturday).

Tamachi – Becker’s is by the South Gate, and they have Kirin Ichiban Shibori on tap in addition to the standard menu of burgers and sandwiches. I was surprised a station as small as Tamachi had a restaurant with beer, although it later became obvious that real estate must be pricy at some of the bigger stations, so perhaps it actually makes more sense that a station like Tamachi has one.

Okay, beer not your flavor? How about sticking with improving your language skills (with Cool Yahoo!) and just learning about the little things in Japan that teach you How to Japonese?


You can check out the rest of the interview here.

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