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We’ve been playing with an alpha build of Kanjilicious from our development partners at Super Toy Box and thinking a great deal about what makes an app compelling—and a game fun to play everyday. Imagining how a game will play from a 2D wireframe is not easy. That’s why prototypes are such powerful tools, and […]

Mar 11, 2015

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I know this is kind of late, but happy 2015!! I am sorry that I have not been able to update the Kanji of the day as frequently as I used to, but I am hoping to do better this year! I also hope that your new year’s resolution include “learn more kanji” 😉 Anyways, […]

Jan 12, 2015

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If you are familiar with the Japanese business culture, you know that doing 名刺交換 (meishi kōkan), or business card exchange, right is a pretty big deal. It is one of the first things companies teach you when you first start working, and if you do not follow all the rules you could give very poor […]

Dec 17, 2014

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人形焼 (ningyōyaki), which translates to “Fried Dolls”, is one of the most popular souvenir items from Tokyo. These cute little cakes are made by pouring batter into intricate molds, whose design varies from the traditional 七福神 to your favorite cat, Hallo Kitty. The simple yet tasteful sponge cake really complements the anko (sweet red bean […]

Dec 09, 2014

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Since the Doge meme took over the internet, I feel like 柴犬 (shiba inu) have gained a tremendous popularity in the US. I just saw a super adorable 柴犬 couple walking down the street when I was having brunch with friends at a local cafe today! I just can’t get enough of their little fox/coyote […]

Nov 24, 2014

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If you are a fan of manga and anime, you must read 手塚治虫’s works. He is the Japanese equivalent of Walt Disney, and the father of the anime and manga. His most popular comic series include Black Jack, Astro Boy, Kimba the white Lion, and Phoenix, and are loved by many people till today. 手塚治虫 […]

Nov 19, 2014

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Have you heard the term 草食系男子 (Sōshoku-kei danshi) or herbivore men? This term was first invented invented by a Japanese editor a several years to describe men who are reluctant to get married or have girlfriend, and is usually applied to younger generation particularly age between 18 to 30. Unlike the “肉食系男子 (Nikusyoku-kei danshi), or […]

Nov 17, 2014

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Aside from “life”, 生 can also be used to describe things that are “raw”, “fresh”, or “draft”. For instance, 生キャラメル (nama kyarameru), or fresh caramel, which contains more fresh cream than regular caramel (kyarameru) made a huge presence in the dessert industry in Japan a few years ago. Similarly, truffles are called 生チョコレート(nama chocore-to) since […]

Nov 10, 2014

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Whenever I hear or see the word 花, I always think of my favorite childhood folklore called 花咲じいさん (Hanasaka jiisan). The story goes something like this: Long long ago, there was an old couple who loved their cute little white dog very much. One day, when the old man was working in the fields, the […]

Nov 07, 2014

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Do you like 天ぷら (Tempura)? I LOVE 天ぷら(or anything deep fried 😉 )!! If cooked correctly, the crust is light and crunchy, and it actually really complements the flavor of ingredients. My favorites are: Shrimp Sweet Potatoes Kabocha Pumpkins Eggplant (This is my Favorite!) Carrots and Gobo (Burdok Root)  Onions I especially like 天ぷらそば (Tempura […]

Nov 05, 2014

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