Word of the Month: May

May: ピークシーズン Pīkushīzun “Pīkushīzun” ピークシーズン is a Japanese phrase meaning peak season – or the busy times of travel in Japan. This month, we will tell you some of the busiest times to travel...

Word of the Month: April

April: 自転車 Jitensha “Jitensha” 自転車is the Japanese word for bicycle – which is a very prominent and significant mode of transportation in Japan, compared to the West. Especially when living in or visiting big...

Word of the Month: March

March: 空港 Kūkō “Kūkō” 空港 is the Japanese word for airport. If you are traveling to Japan in the future, then this will be a very useful term for you to know. Three of...

Nikujaga, Taste of Japan’s Nostalgia

Is there a food that can recall your memory about your mom and hometown? For Japanese people, Nikujaga usually arouses their nostalgia for their moms’ cooking and family. It’s a classic Japanese dish that...

Word of the Month: February

February: 信号機 (Shingōki) “Shingōki” 信号機is the Japanese term for traffic light. This month, as the Japan-America Society of Washington DC is sharing terms associated with travel in Japan with you, we will talk about...

Word of the Month: January

January: 女性専用車 (josei senyosha / women-only cars) The Japan-America Society of Washington DC would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! This year, we would like to introduce you to words and...

Happy New Year from JASWDC

明けましておめでとうございます。 On behalf of the Nichibei Kyokai of Washington DC (JASW), I would like to thank you for your generous support during our 60thAnniversary year and am very pleased to send New Year’s greetings...

Word of the Month: December

December: スパー歌舞伎 (supa kabuki) Super Kabuki is a form of modern Kabuki created by Ichikawa Ennosuke III, a famous Kabuki actor, in 1986. The first program was “Yamato Takeru.” In 2014, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV...

#GivingTuesday at the Society

#GivingTuesday might just look like another hashtag, but it’s actually a worldwide campaign to encourage everyone to donate whatever they can to their local nonprofits and community organizations. Here at the Japan-America Society of...