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…

Baguette Strife, Soldier 1st Clams – Looking Back at December 2015

Going over my screenshots from exactly one year ago, December 2015 was a busy month. I took plenty of screenshots back then about things which moved me, excited me or left me hungry. As we head into 2017, let’s loop back time and view some of them together! Final Fantasy VII Remake’s gameplay was shown…

Japanese Song Lyrics ~ Cosmos by Yamaguchi Momoe

Cosmos is a song by Yamaguchi Momoe released in 1978 emitting a certain radiance of sadness and an unalterable situation. Looking at the lyrics of the song bit by bit taught me some interesting words, while also understanding the meaning of the song. Let’s go over this together. While I prefer acoustic and slower versions of…

Mini Review – Haikyuu vs Kuroko No Basuke

Recently I’ve finished the 2nd season of Haikyuu and out of interest I’ve also seen Kuroko No Basket. Both are considered to be very similar but there are some important differences which might make you love one and hate the other. Both are sports anime featuring a male team in either volleyball (Haikyuu) or basketball…

Japanese Songs – Himawari no Yakusoku (The Sunflower’s Promise)

Song: Himawari no Yakusoku (The Sunflower’s Promise) Artist: Motohiro Hata Featured in: Movie “Stand by Me Doraemon” The song’s lyrics touched my heart, they’re beautiful and very relatable. I’ve put the romaji and English translation in an image (click to enlarge)  (Lyrics Source) Bonus: Goose House’s beautiful cover:

N3 Grammar – ようとする / に対して / ~まくる

In this post I’ll go over some of the interesting and slightly advanced  grammar  I’ve stumbled across during the Summer holidays. It’s possible to say the exact same thing without using this grammar, so we didn’t see it in class yet in my first year, but I frequently encounter them when reading Japanese  online. It’s best…

Fall 2016 Anime To Watch (or watch out for)

Here are 4 new picks of interesting anime that I plan on watching weekly this Fall, I tried to pick 4 interesting ones across 4 genres I really like. All of these start airing mid-October, for more details and other anime airing the fall season, check out this website. Touken Ranbu (Fantasy) It’s ufotable and…

JP Vocab – Kaeru and its many uses

Kaeru (かえる) is one of those Japanese words that have many different Kanji readings. When heard it almost always means “to return” or “to replace something”, but when writting you can provide additional nuances depending on which Kanji is being used. I’ve made some reference images for these different Kanji. It should be pretty obvious…

Japanese Food Places Report VOL. 1

In July of this year I saw some Japanese television shows, some of which featured a heavy emphasis on food, teaching me many new places to visit. I was amazed at how it combined fun with learning and how it never got boring to watch. Here’s a compilation of some food places and dishes I’ve found to…