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

What Are Japanese Particles? Understanding Wa, Ga, and More

In Japanese, particles are called 助詞 (joshi) or てにをは (tenioha). These one-syllable building blocks within a Japanese sentence follow immediately after a noun, verb, or adjective. They modify each of these words, indicating what the word’s role is within the sentence. In this article, we’re going to cover the major Japanese particles, how they work, …

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Sorry in Japanese: Learn How to Properly Apologize in Japanese

How do you say sorry if you make a faux pas in Japan? Japanese people will say sorry when they feel they’ve done something wrong, when they want to correct an inconvenience—and even when they want to say thank you! Apologizing properly is vital in Japan. Some of you might already know the words すみません …

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I Love You in Japanese: Learn How to Express Your Feelings in Japanese

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be wondering how to say I love you in Japanese. Whether you’ve been together for a while now or one of you is just picking up the courage to confess your feelings, saying I love you isn’t as simple as anime would have you believe. Japanese culture is nuanced when …

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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, Don’t’s, and Other Helpful Tips

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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Japanese Phrases: 15 Essential Japanese Expressions to Remember

Whether you’re planning a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or just want to dive into your Japanese studies, it can be daunting to start learning a new language. How about a head start with some basic Japanese phrases that will optimize your travel and daily conversations? In this article, we’ll cover 20 …

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Japanese Numbers: A Comprehensive Guide to Counting in Japanese

Numbers are important when you’re travelling in Japan. You need them for money, for telling time, or for ordering food at a restaurant. So how do you count in Japanese? If you’ve ever taken a karate class, you might know the basic ichi, ni, san! But perhaps you’re no karate kid and are daunted about …

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