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Kisaragi and Setsubun

The month of February used to be called Kisaragi in Japan. February was the second month of winter under the lunar calendar, which Japan used before the Heian Period. Under this calendar, Winter was the period from January to end of…

Learning Japanese

Quite a few people have asked me about resources for learning Japanese language. When i was learning 25 years ago, there were not many books and no internet to help out. I relied upon a few key books published by Gakken and friends to…

Teaching Japanese, aiueo

Games are a great way of teaching language. This game from Kumon Education is one such product that is really helpful for teachers. The pieces are nice to touch and clear to read. It is simple but highly effective in…