Word of the Month: November

November: 新幹線Shinkansen “Shinkansen” 新幹線, known in English as the “bullet train,” are high-speed railway trains in Japan operated by six Japan Railways Group companies: JR-Hokkaido, JR-East, JR-Central, JR-West, JR-Shikoku, and JR-Kyushu. The maximum operating...

Word of the Month: October

October: 駅弁Ekiben “Ekiben” 駅弁 is a Japanese word-blend that combines the words “eki” (train station) and “bento” (lunch box), meaning that they are packaged lunches available for purchase at train stations in Japan. Japan...

Word of the Month: September

September: 暗黙の了解Anmoku no Ryōkai “Anmoku no Ryōkai” 暗黙の了解 is a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to “unspoken rule(s),” or societal norms that are assumed to be followed the people of any given group. In...

Donate to Western Japan Flood Relief Efforts

In July 2018, extensively heavy rainfall in Western Japan spurred one of the country’s worst natural disasters in over 30 years. As rescue and recovery efforts continue in the area, the Society urges you...

Word of the Month: August

August: おみやげOmiyage “Omiyage” in Japanese, simply translates to gifts or souvenirs in English, but there is a bit more significance in the tradition of bringing back interesting or fun items for your friends and...

Word of the Month: July

July: 社員旅行Shain Ryokō “Shain ryokō” is a Japanese term that translates to “company trip” or a trip that is specifically for the employees of any given Japanese company. These trips are for team-building, training,...

Word of the Month: June

June: おすすめ Osusume When traveling to amazing areas throughout Japan, you want to be able to sample local specialties. Picture this. You get to the restaurant that your friend said was the place to...

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...