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…

Tantei No Tantei – Jdrama Mini-Review

Synopsis The drama follows the fast-paced adventures of Sasaki Rena, a detective who joined the anti-detective department of a detective agency to hunt down illegal detectives. She did this with the ulterior motive of tracking down the detective who provided a murderer valuable info that lead to the dead of Sasaki’s sister. Throughout the show she…

Tōkaidō and its 53 Stations of Hiroshige

  In this blog post I’ll tale a deeper look at the Tōkaidō road, the road connecting Edo (modern Tokyo) to Kyoto, and one of the most important routes during the Edo period. For starters, here’s a map showing the road and it’s famous 53 stops: The road starts at Shinagawa in Edo, and ends…

JP Culture Blog Post – From Silent To Sound

From the 1930s and onward the introduction of audio systems and audio movies started to play a bigger role in Japanese movie culture, and silent movies with a Benshi declined. We’ll take a look at how Japanese theaters shifted from Benshi performed silent movies to the new and exciting synchronized audio movies. Japan traditionally heavily…

Now Watching – Tantei No Tantei

I’ve watched plenty of Japanese shows in July, one of them was Ouroboros. I had high hopes for this because I love crime dramas and it starred actors like Ikuta Toma and Ogori Shun. I felt like it felt flat in many story ways and it didn’t help that I didn’t connect with any of…

Japanese Songs ~ Again by Angela Aki

Angela Aki is one of the first Japanese singers I started listening to, after discovering her through FFXII’s Kiss Me Good-Bye. I think what I love about her is that she really enjoys singing from her heart and the piano, and you can really see it when she performs. I guess as a fellow piano…

Japanese Songs ~ Kimi no Yume Wo Miteita by Arashi

Band: Arashi Song: Kimi No Yume Wo Miteita (君の夢を見ていた) [I saw your dreams] Listen to it here One of the first Arashi songs I discovered and one of their best, it’s catchy, sunny and vibrant. Lately I’ve been getting into Arashi, they’re a popular Japanese band and I’ve always heard about them but never took…

About Me in Keywords and Bullet Lists

Synopsis I’m Nick, a 22 year old student from Belgium. In broad terms I have a strong interest in Japanese culture, and both playing and making video games. I decided to pursue these two hobbyist passions and study them in university under a teacher’s guidance. I graduated as a game developer and feel like I…

Heya

Heya, I’m Nick.~ I’m a first year Japanology student from Belgium. I recently passed my first year, so I’m going to be a second year student soon. I like anime, jdramas, video games and everything related to Japan.   I post things on Facebook and Twitter, but they end up going lost their and limited…