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...

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...