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You’ve Got Mail: Surprising Japanese Netspeak Verbs

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You've Got Mail: Surprising Japanese Netspeak Verbs

One of the more interesting things about the Japanese language is that it has a lot of verbs. Whereas English is often content to simply know who does what to whom, Japanese is a language that needs to know exactly what happened to the person and often whether it was done in a polite way or not.

One of the more interesting examples of this is email Japanese. I am one of those people who erase any remotely suspicious unread email, so when one day my girlfriend asked me what I was doing as I deleted mail after mail, I came up with いたずらメールだ消(け)せばいい (these are spam, it’s better to delete them) as an explanation.

Almost as soon as the words came out of my mouth, her face turned up in that way that told me I’d said something wrong, but she was too polite to tell me. Finally, she couldn’t bear the temptation to one up me any longer and had to correct me. メールを削除(さくじょ) する was the correct form, she explained.

削除 する?!

This is one of the trickiest things about email Japanese. Instead of a lot of the verbs that we learners are used to, the language that Japanese people use for emailing often uses special verbs. Take for example the verb for attaching a file: most learners would guess that it might be つける or something like that, right? Nope! ファイルを添付(てんぷ)する is the correct verb!

The language that Japanese people use for emailing often uses special verbs.

Even the basic verbs can be tricky. To talk about creating an email Japanese people use the verb 作成(さくせい)する. As if this wasn’t tricky enough already, this verb is often combined with the adjective meaning fresh or new, 新規(しんき), to create the monster compound verb: 新規作成(しんきさくせい)する (to create a new email message).

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August 2017: Top Cheapo Events Around Japan

Source: Japan Cheapo

Some of Japan’s best festivals take place in August. Lucky us, they’re mostly free too!
Miyajima fireworks
The Nagaoka Festival – Niigata (Aug 1-3)
The Nagaoka Festival is held from August 1st to August 3rd around the Shinano River in Nagaoka City. Its main attractions are the portable shrine parades and folk dance processions during the day—with large-scale fireworks displays in the evening on both days.
Aomori’s famous Nebuta Festival
The Nebuta Festival – Aomori (Aug 2-7)
This festival for which Aomori is most famous takes place in towns and cities across the Tsugaru Plain during the week of August 2nd to August 7th. The main procession of the festival consists of large internally lit floats depicting kabuki

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Titanfall Assault Soft Launch Gameplay

Source: Spark Blog

Titanfall Assault is a free to play RTS (real time strategy) mobile game and a spin-off of the Titan Fall franchise. The game is quite similar to Clash Royale but has better features and even objectives ranging from capturing points or destroying your foe’s base. Also it’s nice that leveling your units is restricted to your profile level and there’s no wait time for opening free chests. Here’s my gameplay of the soft launch.

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Japan by the Water: A trip to Enoshima

There are many places you can visit as a one day trip from Tokyo. One of the best, at least in my opinion, is the small island of Enoshima, located in Kanagawa prefecture. You can reach it easily within around 90 minutes from Shinjuku station and spend a wonderful day there. Let’s take a closer look at the island and the area around!Sightseeing Spots on Enoshima IslandEnoshima island has many spots to explore. Mainly, this island is home of the Enoshima shrine which is separated into three smaller shrines. All these shrines are dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten, which is officially known as the goddess of “everything that flows”, meaning words, eloquence and music. However, the more popular image of her is the goddess of love. This is one reason why this shrine is especially well visited by couples.The Samuel Cocking Garden is a small botanical garden built on the former residence of the British trader Samuel Cocking. In the late 19th century, he purchased a big part of the island. To the garden belongs the Sea Candle, a phone tower constructed like a lighthouse and including an observatory.If you want to relax for a while, you can spend some time at the Enoshima Island Spa, an onsen resort with indoor and outdoor pools. Next to the all naked gender-separated bathing, they also offer a mixed area which requires bathing suits.Last but not least, there are the Iwaya Caves. These are famous for the myth existing about it. The goddess Benzaiten should have created Enoshima to imprison a sea dragon, which you can find inside the caves.On a clear day, you even can see Mount Fuji from Enoshima. But for this you really need luck.What to do around EnoshimaEnoshima is not only the island itself, also the small city on …continue reading


What the FAQ? Studying in Japan

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Welcome to the ultimate guide to living and surviving in Japan as a foreigner. In this part of our What the FAQ? series, we will be tackling the most frequently asked questions from students hoping to come to Japan.

Be sure to check out our Student Placement Program if you’re interested in studying here. GaijinPot Study has tons of resources, including options for language schools, cultural tips and quick Japanese lessons. Applications for the January 2018 term close Sep. 8, 2017.

Before coming to Japan

Arriving in Japan

Setting up in Japan

Going to school

Traveling outside of Japan

Before coming to Japan

I want to study in Japan, where do I apply?

Lucky you. There are tons of educational institutions that offer courses to international students. It all depends on what you want to learn in Japan. You can enroll in a university, junior or special training college, preparatory educational institution or college of technology in Japan for up to four years. If you’re looking for something more short term, you can join exchange programs or language schools for up to two years. We have some options for you …continue reading