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8 Must Know Japanese Kanji’s related to Body Parts

“The Limits of Your Language are the Limits of Your World.”~Ludwig Wittgenstein~

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying learning Japanese on a daily basis. 🙂

When it comes to learning Kanji’s, I believe the best way is to group them in a categories where you can learn a handful of them at the same time. Once you memorize them as a group, it will be easier to remember when you are ready to use them.

Today’s lesson is all about learning just 8 of the Kanji’s that are related to your body parts. These are simple and easy to learn Kanji’s so, once you go through this lesson, you will be ready to use them right away.

Kanji Challenge Series 3 – Body parts

Body = karada

体, からだ

My whole body is sore.

Karada jyu ga itai.

からだ じゅう が いたい。

(体中 が 痛い。)



Please wash your face every morning.

Mai asa chanto kao o arattene.

まいあさ ちゃんと かお あらってね。

(毎朝,ちゃんと 顔 洗ってね。)

Eye = me


Please close your eyes.

Me o tojite kudasai.

め を とじて ください。

(目 を 閉じて 下さい。)



My nose is so stuffed.

Hana ga sugoku tsumatte imasu.

はなが すごく つまって います。

(鼻が すごく 詰まって います。)



Open your mouth.

Kuchi o akete.

くちを あけて。

(口を 開けて。)



You need to get your ears checked.

Kimi mimi no kensa o shite moratta hō ga iiyo.

きみ みみ の けんさを してもらった ほうが いいよ。


Neck = kubi


Try these neck exercises.

Kono kubi no undo shite mite.

この くびの うんどう してみて。

(この 首の 運動 してみて。)



His hands are huge.

Kare no te wa totemo ōkii.

かれの ては とても おおきい。

(彼の 手は とても 大きい。)

Leg= ashi


Move your legs faster.

Ashi o hayaku ugo kashite.

あしを はやく うごかして。

(足を 早く 動かして。)

Hope these Kanji’s were easier to learn than the last ones. If it’s hard for you to memorize, take one Kanji at a time, and move onto the next once you memorize one at a time. 🙂

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131st Kanto 10 Mile Road Race

Source: Running Talk
The Kanto 10 Mile Road Race is the oldest 10-mile road race in the world, having begun in March 1937. The race currently starts and finishes next to a temple, about 10 minutes’ walk from Sogosando Station in Chiba Prefecture, close to Narita. Arriving at the race HQ in the temple grounds on the cold and windy morning of December 17th, there were runners standing around huddled in groups or laying on the ground relaxing.

From the little information that I had managed to obtain prior to the race, I knew that the last 1km of the race was all uphill. I searched for the start line on the road by the side of the temple, and set off to walk the last stretch of the course. Having confirmed that there was indeed a fairly steep hill from the 15km to 16km point, I stripped down and jogged the first 2km part of the course, which runs in the opposite direction along the road. I managed to get back to the start point just in time to watch the 10KM race start, which had a field of about 300 runners and was won this year in a time of 32:30.

Start of the 10 mile race

Surprisingly, the field for the 10-miler that gathered on the start line a few minutes later was much smaller, with just over 150 runners. I could see that there was a large contingent of runners from Juntendo University and Chuo University. Perhaps they were using the race as a final tune-up before the Hakone Ekiden at the beginning of January, the highlight of the university and running calendar in Japan. When the race started, the university teams began at a sprint, quickly rounding a bend in the road and passing the main entrance …continue reading


How to use 知る & わかる ( = shiru & wakaru)

Snowy: 「ちょっとやせたんだけどわかる?」

= Chotto yasetan dakedo wakaru?

= I lost a little weight. Can you tell?

Zoey: 「私の好きな食べ物知ってる?」

= Watashi no sukina tabemono shitteru?

= Do you know what my favorite food is?


= Ninjin dayo!

= Carrots!

Hi everyone!

We are today’s guest teachers, Snowy and Zoey !

Today we are going to learn the differences between the verb 知る ( = shiru) and the verb わかる ( = wakaru).

They are both often simply translated as “to know” but there are subtle differences. And choosing the tense is sometimes a bit tricky.

Making this lesson is like opening a Pandora’s box, but it’s too late. I already opened it! (^_−)−☆

Let’s start!

知る= しる= shiru

The dictionary form is

知る ( =shiru)

and the masu-form is:

知ります ( = shirimasu)

But when you describe the state of knowing something/someone, you don’t use these forms.

Instead, you say:

* 知っています( = shitte imasu) polite

* 知ってます( = shitte masu) polite but conversational

* 知っている ( = shitteiru) casual

* 知ってる ( = shitteru) more casual

Note: In casual speech, you drop ( = i). Most “proper” Japanese textbooks cover this form, but you hear this form a lot in daily conversation so we will study it.

1) The current state of knowing something/someone/to have knowledge about ~ .

Ex. A: 「 マギー先生を知っていますか?」

= Maggie Sensei wo shitte imasu ka?

= Do you know who Maggie Sensei is?

= Do you know Maggie Sensei?

Note: You don’t say

X マギー先生を知りますか?(wrong)

= Maggie Sensei wo shirimasu ka?


=Yes, I do. (I know her/who she is.)


= Un, shitteru.

=Yes, I do. (I know her/who she is.)

Note: You don’t say:

X はい、知ります(wrong)

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Air Travel With Kids: The Keys To A Successful Flight

Air Travel With Kids: a little girl crying

Back in the days, I dreaded getting on that first 15-hour flight with my then 9-month-old. The idea of facing air travel with my kid when going back to the States was giving me pure nightmares.

Now aged five years old, my daughter is a veteran traveler with a total of 7 round trip flights between Japan and the USA under her young belt. I have acquired experience along this rocky way and I’m here today to give you the lifesaving tips I always keep in mind when air-traveling with kids. So buckle up and bon voyage!

Rule Nº1: Logistics Are Key!

When it comes to kids, there is no such thing as “improvisation”. If there is only one thing you should remember from this article, it surely is logistics. Think, prepare, check everything!

Prior to the flight

The first step to prepare your air travel experience with a kid is placed way ahead of your trip: read your child a storybook about flying on airplanes.

Be it the first or seventh trip you are doing together, your little one may not know what to expect inside a plane and it can be frightening. Reading a story together is the best way to help apprehend the upcoming experience. “My First Airplane Ride” by Patricia Hubbell is a good choice for young kids. It is also fun to visit an airplane museum if you have one in your area!

Don’t forget to prepare your outfit too! Making yourself comfortable will surely help your toddler feel comfortable as well.

Direct Flights Are Always The Easiest

My advice: go for a flight that will allow for maximum sleeping time.

  1. Departing in the late afternoon seems to work well for long, international flights. It allows for a little playtime, dinner, and if you are lucky, for a good …continue reading