Tokyo Dialect

At OVTA, throughout 10 classes we were taught for using the polite way of speaking Japanese. This is by using the ‘masu’ form, for e.g.: arimasu (inanimate things have), imasu (animate things have), gozaimasu etc. We were told to use the masu form during conversation…

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OVTA – Overseas Vocational Training Association

Our Nihongo lessons started on the middle of Feb 2008, just 17 days after my landing in Japan. I know only ‘Ohayo gozaimasu’ and rest everything was in English. Company arranged the classes in OVTA – Overseas Vocational Training Association at Kahin Makuhari. My Indonesian…

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Japanese Manga

One of my Japanese Pen-friend, Shingo-san, who is also an excellent dancer, suggested me to read and know more about Japanese Manga. I was little confused whether Manga is something similar to Mango in English, because in my native language – Malayalam, manga means mango….

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History of Japanese Manga

Some people believe that it is during and after the US occupation of Japan, manga was shaped by U.S. cultural influences, including U.S. comics brought to Japan. Modern manga originates in the US occupation and post-occupation years, when a previously militaristic and ultranationalist Japan was…

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Manga groups and Modern Manga

Manga for male readers can be divided by the age of its intended audience. Boys up to 18 years old – shōnen manga Young men 18- to 30-years old Seinen manga. Contentwise grouping, including action-adventure often involving male heroes, slapstick humor, themes of honor, and…

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Manga Publications

Manga claims a share of 3.707 billion USD publication industry in 2007. Manga industry has expanded to other parts of the world with distribution companies license and reprint manga into their native languages. When a series has been running for a while, the stories are…

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Manga Magazines

Manga series run for many years if they are successful. Manga magazines usually have many series running concurrently with approximately 20–40 pages to each series per issue. Magazines such as the anime fandom magazine features single chapters within their monthly periodicals. These manga magazines or…

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Japanese Language is difficult !

Japanese language has the reputation of being one of the most difficult language to learn. The cumbersome writing system that combines around 2000 Chinese Kanji characterss with native Japanese syllabaries – Hiragana and Katagana, makes the Japanese not so easy to learn for foreigners. Hiragana…

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Trim Waists

Japan, known for its overweight people, has undertaken campaigns ever by a nation to slim down its citizenry.Under a national law that came into effect two months before, companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people between the ages of 40…

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Japanese Temples

Being an Indian and also from the state of Kerala, it has clicked in my thoughts many times the similarity between the Japanese temple architecture and that of Kerala. It looks almost same to me. How this similarity came? Japan and Kerala in India are…

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Japanese Names

A Japanese name will have of a family name or surname, and a given name. 99.9% names will be written in Kanji, and bear clear meaning. The most common name I have heard till now is Suzuki. Other popular surnames in Japan include Sato (佐藤),…

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日本 Nihon

I have always been fascinated about Japan and its people. While in India, I surprised, how Japanese people made and now maintaining such a wonderful culture and attitude towards life. I heard Japanese people are the most intelligent human race in the world. After coming…

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Initial days in Japan

I just started living in Japan, almost three months now after I landed at Narita Airport. When I moved to Immigration check at Narita Airport, the Japanese Immigration officer told me “Namaste”. I was surprised a Japanese remember and use an Indian salutation word. After…

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