JPGOMI


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: JPGOMI

Where is language?  Is it all around us?  Can we not think without separating our thoughts from words?  Even this page cannot be thought about without the word “page”.  We are fated to be hopelessly and happily entangled in a linguistic caress, forever doomed to push forth a dribble of sounds that attempt to express and understand our existence.

In the dimly-lit smoke-filled back-alleys of the internet, Nihongo sits stirring her drink in quiet satisfaction.  Cut high on the left thigh, her black dress is a devastating number.  “Little Black Dress”, it was always a name that fell short of the garments impact and grace on a room.  Behind inconspicuous-wooden-doors with kanji-engraved addresses, down unassuming narrow steps, my Nihongo sings, beautiful, perfect, and waiting to be understood.  Her words play like a harp, snaking through the air with each pull of her cigarette.  The pianist runs the 88, fingers stroke the black and white, an interracial first dance of a match made in Brubeck.  I spend my life searching through the crowds, the lights, and the noise, the warm abyss of curbs, asphalt, and steal, for the language that sits waiting to be found and called my one true love.

This is the Japanese I hope to bring to this blog.  The beauty found in the unturned rock, unopened door, and unfound nook of the web and world.  I’ll try in my limited linguistic ability to find hidden gems of interest that can be used to further our ability to express and understand.  From weird to wild, from cartoon to Cartesian, from One Piece to axel grease, I hope to explore the full spectrum of my creative and inquisitive interests.

About this Japan blogger

Matthew Manigrassi was born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  He attended St. Jerome grade school and then took his education to the Father Judge High School for boys.  During his time there he excelled in a variety of Advanced Placement classes, including AP English, AP Calculus, and AP Physics.  While there he played both varsity hockey and varsity lacrosse.  After that he attended Temple University Fox School of Business.  He graduated Cum Laude from the honors program with a B.A. degree in Entrepreneurship.  He says the highlight of his college career was playing music at open mic nights while studying abroad in Tokyo Japan.  Since his last job he has taken several months off to put a serious and focused effort into the completion of two books.  When he is not writing he enjoys playing guitar, piano, harmonica, drums, violin, and any other instrument he can find.  In addition to the arts he enjoys continuing to learn in a number of fields.  Over the last 2 years he has been heavily focused on learning Japanese and the principles of language acquisition in general.  As a self proclaimed Renaissance Man he wants to share his insatiably inquisitive nature and creative spirit with others.

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Dandelion 茶


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Dandelion 茶

This blog details my methods and ways of studying the Japanese language, including my failings as well as my successes. In addition, I give tips and advice for others who are also studying the language. I also blog about Japanese dramas and movies that I watch.

About this Japan blogger

I am in my early twenties, American born to a Jamaican-English father and Belizean mother. I have one daughter, who is three years old. Her name is Aiko, and she’s  cuter than a baby hippo. I have been studying Japanese for about four years. There have been quite a few ups and downs with my Japanese language study, but I’ve pretty much decided that this is something that will be a part of my life well, for the rest of my life. I have a way to fluency, but I’d like to think that I’m not too shabby.

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Advanced Japanese for Beginners


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Advanced Japanese for Beginners

Japanese linguistic trivia. Interesting etymologies, history and word play, covering vocabulary, grammar, kanji and pronunciation. It’s not a Japanese learning blog, but just a collection of things I’ve found interesting in the course of my studies. Some knowledge of Japanese is required, but I hope it’s still accessible enough for the beginner.

About this Japan blogger

Living in Japan for about 10 years. Spent inordinately long learning a language that doesn’t really pay back the time put in in material terms, but is still pretty interesting none the less. Very little formal training in Japanese, but most of the interesting stuff isn’t taught in those lessons anyway.

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Ado’s Notes & Tweets


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Ado’s Notes & Tweets

It is a very new blog on which you can find relevant language info and Japan-related articles.

About this Japan blogger

I have just started a Japanese related blog and I have been learning Japanese on and off for many years and would appreciate comments and advice.

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Viajar a Japon, Aprender Japones, Japon


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Viajar a Japon, Aprender Japones, Japon

Blog que nació con la única intención de aprender japonés y que después pasó a tratar sobre temas más generales. Hoy en día el blog acapara diversos temas referentes a una única temática: Japón

About this Japan blogger

Nací en Cádiz y a la vuelta de mi primer viaje a Japón supe que tenía que conocer más de este país y su cultura. Poco a poco me fui interesando más en su cultura mientras aprendo japonés para que mi próximo viaje a Japón pueda integrarme más con su sociedad.

Joy o’ Kanji


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Joy o’ Kanji

In my weekly blog, JOK Notebook, I write about the joyful discoveries I constantly make in my study of kanji. I’m trying to entice people to fall in love with kanji, just as I have. To understand kanji, you need to know a great deal about Japanese culture, so I inevitably end up giving a lot of cultural context in my JOK Notebook posts.

JOK Notebook is just one facet of a much larger site, Joy o’ Kanji. With Joy o’ Kanji, I’m writing 1 essay about each of the 2,136 Joyo kanji. The site showcases these essays (which are for sale), as well as a lot of free content that I’ve written about kanji, helping to provide a map for this chaotic territory.

About this Japan blogger

I am a writer in Berkeley, California. A longtime Japanophile, I started learning Japanese in 2001. In 2009, Stone Bridge Press published my book, “Crazy for Kanji: A Student’s Guide to the Wonderful World of Japanese Characters.”  From 2007 through 2010 I wrote weekly Kanji Curiosity blogs for JapanesePod101.com.  I have spoken on public radio about my love of kanji.

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James’ Kanji Journey


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: James’ Kanji Journey

This blog is a fascinating but gradual journey through the wonderful world of Kanji (Japanese Character) Writing.  So, join us for some fun experiences in learning how to read this amazing language.

About this Japan blogger

Founder of 2 Japanese Language Meetup groups that allow people to come together and practice speaking the Japanese language.  Author of  “Funny Kanji” (available on Amazon.com) which teaches how to read and write kanji in fun and amusing ways.

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Maggie Sensei – Japanese Lessons with Maggie


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Maggie Sensei

Maggie Sensei is a funny way to learn Japanese from Maggie – a dog. It features many practical situations and lessons and each post comes with pictures Maggie and her dog friends in dialogues.

About this Japan blogger


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Learning Japanese thru Pictures – picture blog that teaches Japanese


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Learning Japanese thru Pictures

It is a personal photoblog that shares pictures and a simple Japanese lesson everyday. Also consist of my personal experience during my stay in Japan and my views about the Japanese culture.

About this Japan blogger

Speaks 5 languages including Japanese. Only took me a year to learn Japanese. Able to read, write and speak in Japanese. Currently working for a Japanese company and working as a part time Japanese-English translator. Blog in my free time. I want to share my experience and knowledge with everyone. As the saying goes, “you stop teaching, you stop learning”. Teaching is just part of the process of learning.

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PinkuDaisy’s Blog – Learning Japanese


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: PINKUDAILY’s Blog

A personal blog about learning Japanese with many example sentences and a nice collection of Japanese videos, often with subtitles, to train comprehension.

About the author of this Japan blog

A girl from Croatia trying to learn Japanese language.

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