May 2017 Japanese Grammar Nuances And Coffee

Following up on my March Japanese Grammar nuances, here are some more that I felt were interesting while studying for my upcoming exams. A basic knowledge of Japanese and Japanese reading is required to follow along. Let’s go! 行きましょう! ように vs ために Both express a target but ために handles actions which are controllable, while ように is…

Opinion: On Persona 5 and Localization

When Persona 5 released last month it was positively received, but at the same time harshly criticized because of the game’s lackluster localization. Persona 5 was considered “too Japanese”, soaked in Japanese culture and riddled with literal Japanese translations and weird word choices. Is it really such a bad deal?  I was surprised to learn…

Quick Way To Input Kaomoji and other symbols on Windows

(‘ω’)ノ I use Kaomoji a lot. They’re cute and expressive emoji frequently used by Japanese people. On iOS you get a list of Kaomoji when switching to the Japanese keyboard layout and clicking the ^_^ button. I never knew something like that was built into Windows too (I always used to copy them from this…

March Japanese Grammar Nuances And Coffee – 時の表現

The past month or so our grammar class dealt with expressions of time (時の表現). Last year, we saw the basics of this (前、時、後)  and this year we take a deeper look at these expressions. There were plenty of interesting things and nuances that I wanted to make a summary of, so instead of keeping it private…

Japanese Songs – Kodoku no Kakera by Angela Aki

Angela Aki always had a special importance to my life. She was one of the first Japanese artists that really stuck with me and her mix of both Japanese and English piano-oriented songs is something I just never get tired of. As I learn Japanese I periodically come back to her music and I notice…