Erin Himeno

Erin hails from the east coast of the United States. She initially came to Japan to share her love of English and country cookin', but ended up getting married and adopting two chubby cats. Erin doesn't mind; she enjoys her life in Japan and writes about culture shock, culture share, and the exciting chapters in between.

Erin Himeno

All You Need to Know about Christmas and New Year in Japan

As the holiday season approaches, do you ever wonder how Christmas and New Year’s are celebrated in Japan? Both holidays are widely celebrated, but Japan has only been celebrating Christmas for about 500 years! New Year’s is a much bigger, much older celebration. In this article, we’ll take a look at these two popular year-end …

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Japanese Sentence Structure: Do’s and Don’t’s

The rules governing Japanese sentence structure are quite different from those of English sentence structure. Many learners struggle with how to best approach that difference. Some box Japanese sentence structure into an SOV (Subject Oject Verb) formula in order to compare it to the SVO (Subject Verb Object) structure that English takes. Others argue that …

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“Happy Birthday” in Japanese – How to Celebrate Birthdays in Japan

Japan boasts one of the longest life expectancies in the world and has 80,000 citizens who are over 100 years old. Would it surprise you to learn that many of these centenarians have only recently started celebrating their birthdays? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at how to celebrate birthdays in …

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Saying “Thank You” in Japanese: Politeness, Formality and Useful Phrases

Japan is a country not only fixated on proper manners and etiquette, but also on gift-giving and various parties or events. In this kind of culture, it’s important to learn how to thank people when they invite you out, offer you a present, or even show you the way to the station. In this article, …

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