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Categories: "Japan" or "Curiosities" or "Japanese Language"

07/30/17

  01:28:00 am, Categories: Japan, Traveling
Just the other day I read about an "awesome travel tip" about flying to Japan cheaper. It states that prices can be several hundreds of dollars/euros cheaper if you flying to Japan and land in Nagoya instead of Tokyo or Osaka. But is it really? Let's… more »

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04/23/12

  03:53:32 pm, Categories: Anime, Japan
Most awesome video of the return of the Gundam statue at the newly opened DiverCity Tokyo in Odaiba. The statue was already finished back in January when I was there the last time, but now it has been officially unveiled together with the new shopping… more »

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08/14/10

  04:05:31 pm, Categories: Japan
The sheets covering the new station building on the south side (Electric Town Exit) have just been removed showing the new building. The new building is called "Atre 1", probably meaning that the north side of the station will also get a new building… more »

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04/28/10

  11:10:47 pm, Categories: Curiosities, Japan 2010
This must be the weirdest thing I have come across on my last trip to Japan. We were walking around Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, and we heard a sound of what was like a crying baby, but I started to doubt that it was a baby, but that it might be a cat. Then… more »

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09/30/09

  10:52:50 am, Categories: Japan , Tags: canvas, documentary, japan, tokaido
The Tokaido road was the most important road in Japan since hundreds of years and it still is to this day, although in many different forms. It was the road between the ruling capital Edo (now Tokyo) and the imperial capital Kyoto. The Belgian national… more »

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Comment from: André Everaars
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Is this tv-series available on cd.? If yes, please info how to order and what price?

07/26/10 @ 00:18

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08/14/09

  11:58:01 am, Categories: Japan
August has been a good month, yet more loot ;p A short round-up of the latest 2 arrivals. Last Monday got a big package from Amazon with some books: - A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win - A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times… more »

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06/04/09

  12:08:34 pm, Categories: Japan , Tags: coca-cola, green tea coke, japan
Green Tea flavor zero calorie Coca-Cola Plus, Japan‚??s newest weird soft drink. The new flavor will hit the stores across Japan on Monday, June 8th. Judging from Coke‚??s press release, the target demographic is women in their 20‚??s… more »

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very nice post.

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07/18/08

  09:20:28 am, Categories: Japanese Language
The JLPT system has been unchanged since it started in 1984 and the number of participants still rises (last year being 524000 worldwide). There have been many requests for revision of certain issues. One of the requests is to be able to takes the… more »

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When would this be in effect? Seeing as I just got a level 4 certificate, this means I’ll have to take the N4 test, right?

07/18/08 @ 17:08
Comment from: peter  

Yes, your level 4 would become a N5, so you would then have to take the N4 test (which is equivalent to the old level 3).
But this won’t go into effect until July 2010.

07/18/08 @ 17:25
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I’m glad to see a lot of these changes. I just read the progress report, though, and it seems they will no longer be releasing previous years’ results. I also hope they can start grading tests more quickly…

08/20/08 @ 17:54
Comment from: bk201

I’m glad they are making this change. I’ll be able to benefit after doing Level 3 this year, probably won’t attempt Level 2 next year since it’s just too much.

09/07/08 @ 00:23
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I missed the due date to apply exam form for level three for this year 2009. I would like to know exactly when the next exam will be held? And wonna know which level should I take in the next time? I’m from Mandalay, Myanmar.

08/31/09 @ 00:13
Comment from: nap
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How about JLPT test from embassy of Japn in myanmar ?Can you post schedule of JLPT level4 test in myanmar(Form accepting date,close date and exam date)?

09/10/09 @ 01:24
Comment from: jordan retro 6

Perfect!this is the best blog i have reading,and I learn a lot,thank you …..

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07/10/08

  01:19:00 am, Categories: Japan
The beloved Tokyo Tower will soon be surpassed by a new communication tower: The Tokyo Sky Tree. To be finished in 2011 around Oshiage Station, it will have a height of 610m with 2 observation decks at 250m and 450m. When Tokyo Tower was built in the… more »

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Comment from: rukia
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yeah, i’m looking forward to that tower =)

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06/09/08

  01:24:49 pm, Categories: Japan
Last Sunday, a 25 year old male stabbed 17 people after driving into 3 of them with a 2 ton truck in Akihabara, Tokyo's otaku shopping district. The incident happened on the big crossroad in Akiba next to the new Sofmap building. Police caught up with… more »

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Comment from: SwallowTail  
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I think u were right, there is too many violence in game and film right now but that’s not the reason too stab someone that was just not right, maybe his sociability make him stress like a lone wolf, well just my opinion

06/12/08 @ 22:27
Comment from: Colin Peden
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I agrre, the US has, in my opinion, more violence in it’s movies than anime does. It is not fair to blame something like anime or a movie, just because someone goes crazy, the fault lies in many places, not just one spot.

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04/01/08

  02:52:24 am, Categories: Japan, Curiosities, Japan 2008
Japan has to have its own strange etiquette about escalators. In most parts of the world it is custom for the people who are not in a rush, to stand right, so that other people who are in a hurry, can go up on left. Well, Japan has 3 ways ;p In Tokyo,… more »

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Omoshiroi!

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02/29/08

  11:23:53 am, Categories: Main blog, Japanese Language
Yeay, I passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test level 4!! (Level 4 is the lowest level, but still ;p) I got my official certificate in the mail today. I wasn't expecting it so early, because they said it would probably be around the beginning of… more »

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I still haven’t gotten my results :(

02/29/08 @ 20:36

lol…me too…but my score was 251..and i hardly studied for it……maybe a little…

and gd luck for jlpt 3!

03/01/08 @ 07:36
Comment from: John Boom  
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Way to go and good luck for #3!
I am still studying for 4, how many hours
do you think you studied for 4?

03/02/08 @ 15:33
Comment from: ryuu-chan  
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i was completely forgotten that i have sat for JLPT 3 kyuu last december (2 dec 2007), one day my father called me to tell that the result had been posted to my house and fortunately i passed the exam (i was shocked bcz i thought that i didnt give my full effort for the prep classes and the exam itself; as i was always feared of the listening paper)..though i didnt passed with flying colours i still managed to score more than 300 marks. but this year i may be able to take JLPT 2 kyuu exam as i want to struggle for my university thesis. here’s my results:-
- JLPT 4 (2006) = 313/400
- JLPT 3 (2007) = 309/400
for both papers, i was slacked at listening, i didnt have any problem with my kanji (you have to learn hundreds of them but only 20 kanji will be tested in the exam)..well, i’m from malaysia actually..hehe..
for those who will be taking JLPT, plz give your very best shot for the exam! ganbatte kudasai!

04/18/08 @ 20:25
Comment from: barbie

where did you get the result?

02/18/09 @ 02:35
Comment from: Rahima  
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Hi PETER,
Konbanwa.This is Rahima.I want to sit at jlpt level 3 this year.Are you sitting for level 3 this year? Can u suggest me some web addresses which will be helpful for level 3.Specially listening section.Your site is too good.
Keep in touch.

CHEERS…

03/22/09 @ 06:06
Comment from: Dau Ze
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Wow ,
this score is nice
and last year 2008 December
i sit JLPT exam as level 4
and i got just 330, but i feel a little bit shame ‘cause in our 5 friends my marks is the lowest one
and one of my friends got 383/400
another one got 381 and next got 376 and next got 335 and i got just 330
but i am trying hard to sit exam again for level 3 this year 2009

PHEWWWWWWWWW

08/24/09 @ 09:06
Comment from: joan

hi congrats youve pass do you have any tips on how to pass this exam im taking this dec thanks

10/10/09 @ 20:31
Comment from: Lissa
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Can anyone tell me how much do we have to pay to sit for jlpt????

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02/23/08

  04:24:45 pm, Categories: Curiosities
Japan seems to be filled with it: yellow bumpy lines, tiles with a grooves or dots. They are to be used as a guide for blind people. There are a few patterns that indicate different kind of obstacles like stairs, cross walk or cross sections. They can… more »

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02/21/08

  04:23:45 pm, Categories: Japan
Japense barber shops can be detected by looking for a long tube with a blue/red/white cylinder in it rotating. Each one of them has it, and in all sizes. I've read stories about these barber shops that have like 12 employees each having another task:… more »

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01/07/08

  10:27:00 am, Categories: Japan , Tags: bag, cloth, folding, furoshiki, japanese, wrapping
Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. Before the time of plastic bags, since hundreds of years, people in Japan used cotton or silk cloths to hold and carry stuff. They had invented useful ways to fold a simple cloth so that it could be… more »

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I love furoshikis and want to promote the practice in the US. A coworker and I tried to find furoshikis to buy; it was difficult so we recently launched our own site. We manufacture the fabric wraps locally in Portland, Oregon. If you’re interested, please see ecoshikis.com for more information. We’d love your feedback. Happy New Year!

01/15/08 @ 17:45
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Very cool. I need one for Survivor! Thank goodness for the English translation.

02/06/08 @ 18:09
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These are GREAT! I think I should give these to some of our brides.

06/07/08 @ 18:42

Love all the beautiful pictures, Thanks

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01/04/08

  03:32:16 pm, Categories: Japan , Tags: fold, how, japanese, style, t-shirt, to
The world famous video of how to fold a T-Shirt Japanese style. Quick, easy and neat ;p Enjoy ;p more »

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11/14/07

  12:29:34 am, Categories: Japan, Curiosities , Tags: japan, melody, road, tune
A team from a Hokkaido Industrial Research Institute has made a road surface that plays a song when you drive over it with a certain speed. Depending on the distance between the grooves the car will act as a tuning fork and play a "note" at a certain… more »

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09/24/07

  11:52:54 am, Categories: Japanese Language , Tags: japanese, particles
Last time we talked about the basic sentence structure in Japanese. Two important things about the Japanese sentence structure is that the subject comes first, and the verb comes last. Now we will talk a bit more about a few particles which have a… more »

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09/23/07

  03:14:39 pm, Categories: Japan , Tags: anna, fukuda, girls, kamikaze, kyoko, monogatari, shimotsuma, tsuchiya
Kamikaze Girls (or Shimotsuma Monogatari in the original title) tells the story of 2 girls who are at the total opposite of the fashion universe & lifestyle. Momoko is a normal girl who lives on the country side, well, normal in her eyes. She is a… more »

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09/17/07

  11:25:57 am, Categories: Japanese Language , Tags: japanese, language, sentence, structure
The basic sentence structure of the Japanese language is of the form: SOV. Meaning, Subject Object Verb. (note that I will use spaces between words for readability, spaces are normally omitted) Example:… more »

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09/04/07

  10:53:53 am, Categories: Japan , Tags: japan, onsen
Japan is a very vulcanic country and therefore has Onsens throughout the whole country. Onsens are hot spring baths that have naturally heated water from source deep underground which are geothermally heated. These waters also have many minerals in them… more »

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this place looks so awesome.

02/20/08 @ 08:20
Comment from: dukybuk
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Do you know where in tokyo/japan can tourists enjoy an onsen with water park theme? I heard there is one but I don’t know the name..

05/01/08 @ 00:53
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I want to go there so bad!!!!

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08/25/07

  04:24:16 pm, Categories: Japan , Tags: castle, himeji, japan
Himeji Castle is a Japanese castle located in Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture. It was the first Japanese National Cultural treasure to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. more »

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Comment from: Uradox  

Looks interesting, Simular to nagoya castle. Hop
Hope it was more interesting than Nagoya.. that really sucked. Everything was replica :(

08/26/07 @ 22:19
Comment from: peter  

That’s the beauty of Himeji Castle, it’s completely authentic! It’s never been in a war or real bombing.

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08/16/07

  01:08:08 am, Categories: Japan
Well, not really images, but bright dots in 3D, but it's a good start. The device was created by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Scisnce (AIST). This technology doesn't use vapor or some gas to project the image on. This device uses… more »

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Comment from: Uradox  

Interesting :)

08/17/07 @ 05:18
Comment from: Joska  

Leuke blog :) Toevallig heb ik je blog gevonden door dannychoo :) Ik ben zelf Nederlander :P

Ik heb de bunny Haruhi :P

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Nice blog, I accidentally found it through dannychoo.com :) I’m Dutch, but it’s nice to meet neighbours from time to time :)

I have the bunny Haruhi :D

08/20/07 @ 02:21
Comment from: 0rion

Wow, very slick! It’s definitely gonna be a while before this becomes viable for 3D video and TV use, but I can see this being practical for advertising and 3D marquee stuff within a decade.

08/20/07 @ 02:43
Comment from: peter  

@Joska
Yes, I’m probably gonna buy the nendoroid versions as well ;p (from Haruhi & Death Note, the Misa & L nendoroid are sooo cute)
The bunny Haruhi with the guitar? ;p

Leuk om eens een noorderbuur te horen ;p
Ik probeer de blog een beetje interessant te houden met weetjes van Japan en anime en jpop.

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@Orion
Yeah, it might still be a long way for real TV use, but I can see it happening for advertising boards in Japan, as a replacement for the neon/lights

08/20/07 @ 03:25
Comment from: Marijanus  

Hi Friends!

Impressive webpage! I like it a lot! I’m looking forward to the next update
give thanks
Bjorn Steinhauer
berirtrerejas

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08/08/07

  03:19:33 pm, Categories: Main blog, Japan, Suzumiya Haruhi
Saw this Japanese school movie about a group of 4 girls who form a band and practice some songs for their schools cultural festival and the girls need to overcome problems like the time limit and personal problems. It's a fun movie to watch and I like… more »

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Comment from: Daniel  

I agree!! as i type i’m watching linda (x3) again and I immediately recognized Suzumiya and wondered which one came first. Camera Angles and even small story elements are shared. I love it =D

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07/28/07

  03:52:10 am, Categories: Main blog, Curiosities
You see them all over Japan, in streets, in buildings, in temples and train stations. Boxes against the wall that have this round red light on them that is always on. I have wondered what it was for a long time (as I couldn't read what was written on… more »

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07/15/07

  03:38:08 am, Categories: Japan
I've talked about it in my travel blog, but I'm gonna tell you a bit more about bicycles in Japan. Let's say 90% of all bicycles in Japan look about exactly the same, whether it's used by males or females, there is no difference. These are simple and… more »

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07/12/07

  06:38:18 am, Categories: Japan
If you like watching hundreds of little balls coming down hoping for them to fall in a small hole, like lots of noise, some mindless gambling, lots of smoke (Pachinkos are one of the last public places where you can smoke), then Pachinko might be… more »

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06/26/07

  08:42:15 am, Categories: Main blog, Anime, Japan
Pocky, the famous Japanese snack. It is a biscuit stick with a chocolate coat. It is a very popular snack in Japan, and especially among anime-fans outside of Japan as it is used often in anime series. Pocky is not pronounced with an english 'o', more… more »

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I didn’t realize that it comes in so many different flavors. The Oriental store stocks a lot of them but they only carry chocolate. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen them in anime and manga.

Recently I saw it in the Strawberry Marshmallow manga, when one of the characters was trying to quit smoking and looking for an alternative.

06/30/07 @ 00:43
Comment from: Mikedie  

in germany you can buy this sticks in every normal supermarket. they call “MIKADO” here but are also from the japanese company Glico.
http://homepage1.nifty.com/cubo/germany/mikado.jpg

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06/24/07

  04:55:42 pm, Categories: Japanese Language
Origin The Japanese language (nihon-go '日本語' in japanese) is an isolated language, meaning that it has no relation to any other language whatsoever. There are only a few possible relations which are unsure. It is spoken almost… more »

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06/20/07

  03:56:39 pm, Categories: Curiosities
I saw this on a trivia tv show in Japan. The sign they use in Japan for their currency, the Yen, is this: 円. (I think the old sign was 圓) Why is it such a strange symbol for money? Coins are round, paper money is flat and it doesn't look… more »

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Man alive! Seriously, that just blew my mind. I guess that old saying about learning something new every day really is true. Thanks for that, its really interesting :3

06/24/07 @ 14:38

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06/17/07

  05:51:45 am, Categories: Main blog, Japanese Language
Bought three new books for helping studying japanese: 1. Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-Engish/English-Japanese Dictionary A good dictionary which has all words written in hiragana, followed by their kanji-representation with furigana added. It's quite… more »

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05/22/07

  05:53:29 am, Categories: Main blog, Japanese Language
I'm learning Japanese and I want to try to go for the JLPT Level 4 test in December. JLPT stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test. I've already progressed to the point where I can read hiragana and katakana and a few kanji. This combined with… more »

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Hello Peter,

Ik zie dat je ook naar Japan gereisd hebt.
Zelf heb ik in de herfst van vorig jaar het land bezocht. Hiroshima, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo en enkele toeristische dorpen in hun omgeving. (zie de html-link)
Deze herfst keer ik terug. Ik ga het noorden en het zuiden bezoeken van Japan. Plus Tokyo Game Show 07.
Ken jij toevallig nog enkele plaatsen die zeker de moeite waard zijn om te bezoeken?
Hoe verloopt de les Japans eigenlijk? Is de taal moeilijk.. Ik probeer het te leren maar het is niet gemakkelijk. Vooral de zinsbouw en de tonen van de woorden en laten we maar zwijgen over de tekens.
ik hoop met september ook Japanse les te volgen.

Ik zou het op prijs stellen als je me kan helpen voor die andere toffe plaatsen in Japan.
Dank bij voorbaat.

Kristof

06/24/07 @ 08:21

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