Author: Abhisar makes learning Japanese fun

What is is surely something you should at least check out. It offers hundreds (!) of audio lessons for all levels of Japanese learners – from absolute beginners to advanced speakers. And for free. It, of course, also offers paid upgrades that open not only more resources but introduces a complex system to learn the language for a very reasonable price.   Learning with is fun! I have used since the very beginning of my Japanese studies to improve my listening comprehension. Almost every day, I listen to a new lesson and like it enormously. Why? Because it...

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The Great Buddha statue in Kamakura

Kamakura Daibutsu (鎌倉大仏), the Great Buddha of Kamakura, is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Japan and my favourite place No. 1. The huge statue of meditating Buddha is not only visually attractive but emanates something subtle that makes the atmosphere of the temple premises calming and spiritually uplifting. Kamakura Kamakura is a town located south of Tokyo and Yokohama with beautiful beaches and surrounded by green hills. It is always full of both Japanese and foreign tourists. Kamakura used to be the capital of the Kamakura Shogunate (1185–1333) and still hosts many temples built during that period, including Kōtoku-in (高徳院) at...

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Japanese dictionary Imiwa? is a useful tool

Mobile app Japanese dictionary There are many Japanese – English or multilingual Japanese dictionaries for the mobile phone available, and it is not easy to find a good one. The dictionary I use and am very happy with is a multilingual Japanese dictionary Imiwa?. It works on iPhone and iPad only, however. Why use Imiwa? Imiwa? works offline and all features are free, without a necessity of further in-app purchases. It has a useful feature called ANALYSER. If you see a kanji or Japanese word that you don’t know, you can copy it and then when you open the app, it automatically brings up the definition of...

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The Ultimate Japanese Ice Cream Taste Test

Ice cream in Japan Are you adventurous? Do you like challenges, uncharted areas, unknown paths, untested tastes? Then close your eyes (or better not) and explore amazing variety of Japanese ice cream flavours with Misa from! I love this video! Every time I watch it, I keep promising myself that next time in Japan, I will do the same. I will bind my eyes with a scarf and let my friends give me different ice creams with exotic flavours to...

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Drama: Ryoma den – story of samurai Sakamoto Ryoma

Ryoma den drama series 2010 Ryoma den is a well made TV drama (48 episodes) that shows the life of samurai Sakamoto Ryoma (1835 – 1867) and Iwasaki Yataro (1835 – 1885). As a great fan of Korean historical dramas, it took me time to find a Japanese historical drama of a similar standard. When I found Ryoma den, I was immediately caught. Sakamoto was a charismatic leader in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, eventually bringing about the Meiji Restoration that changed the traditional Japanese society completely. It is mind-blowing to witness the critical period of Japanese...

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