Lexis Japan Blog
Tying yourself in knots – learning hayakuchi kotoba tongue twisters (and a fun one for the experts!)
For pronunciation and fluency in Japanese, there’s nothing better than hayakuchi kotoba!
Sports-obsessed Kobe….and the 5 Kobe sports teams you should know
No matter where you are in the world, there’s no better ice-breaker than a chat about the local sports team! Kobe has a long and rich history when it comes to sports, with many of its teams enjoying a loyal and passionate fan base. Here’s a quick read to prepare you for Monday morning banter!
Kobe has been a leading centre for international trade for more than 150 years
Kobe is a vibrant port city located on the coast of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. Known for its historical significance and scenic beauty, Kobe has also emerged as a hub for international trade, with many multinational companies setting up operations in the city.
Haunted Kobe….O-Hime of Ikuta Shrine
The Ghost of Ikuta Shrine is one of the most famous ghost stories of haunted Kobe, and it has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries…
Live like a local? EAT like a local! All about “Meibutsu” (名物) (and 5 great must-try Kobe specialities)
Have you heard the word ‘meibutsu’ before? “Meibutsu” (名物) is a Japanese word that refers to a local specialty or a famous product of a certain area. Listing meibutsu seems to come very naturally to Japanese people…name almost any city or region and they will quickly reel off the well known specialities of the area..
What’s the deal with kanji, and the 10 kanji you really need to know
Here’s a simple list of the ten kanji that you really need to know (and can teach yourself…even if it’s on the plane to Kobe)!
7 lesser known Kobe attractions for a great day out
One of the attractions of Kobe is that there’s so much nearby – 20 minutes by train will transport you to the madness of downtown Osaka, while the historical temples of Kyoto are less than an hour away. But many Lexis students tell us that it’s the ‘lesser known’ attractions of Kobe that were the highlight of their stay. Here are some favourites that you really must check out!
OK, Instant Ramen fans…it’s time to pay homage to the great man who started it all
Too much study and not enough play? Insanely keen instant ramen gourmet? Ready for a quirky weekend activity? Don’t miss the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.
The Japanese KitKat obsession…and 300 great reasons to learn more
I was talking to a couple of Lexis Japan students the other day, and they shared with me their mission for their time in Japan…..to try each and every flavour of Kitkat. This is no simple task! Did you know about the Japanese KitKat obsession?
What is ‘Aisatsu’, and why does it make such a great difference in Japan?
“Aisatsu” (挨拶) is a Japanese word that refers to greetings or formal expressions of politeness and respect. Below are some very simple words and phrases to get you started in communicating at home.