マリモ – Marimo

Marimo literally means an “algae ball” in Japanese.  A marimo is a colony of thread-like algae that naturally takes on a ball-like …

Practice Session

Beginners welcome!!!  It’s only $15/hr.  We practice speaking Japanese phrases.  Contact me for details.

サンマ – Mackerel Pike

Mackerel pike is one of the most popular fish in Japan and is called “sanma (サンマ)” in Japanese.  Sanma tastes best in …

忍者学 – Ninja Study

Mie University Graduate School in Japan announced recently that they will have ninja study as a subject for the entrance examination starting …

ありがとう – Arigatō

“Arigatō” means “thank you” in Japanese.  The word arigatō came from arigatai.  Today some people say arigatai as well as arigatō, but …

Shōryō Uma Art

Some people today make cars, motorcycles, Totoro’s Neko Basu, etc. as a shōryō uma (click here for details) for their beloved ancestors. …

精霊馬 – Shōryō Uma

Obon is a ceremony held in late summer when the Japanese offer thanks and respect to their dead ancestors (click here for details). …

山の日 – Mountain Day

This is the second year that Mountain Day is being celebrated as a national holiday of Japan.  So if you haven’t climbed …