Which Picture Do You Like Best?

Sketches for the JapanGuy

Hey gang, working on a little project for thejapanguy and I wanted to get your feedback. Even if it's been a while since you've commented, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you had to choose ONE of these pictures as your favorite. Which one would you choose? Feel free to say why you would choose it, too. The comments section is all yours! Continue Reading …

How Do You Start Learning Japanese?

Japan Guy Genki Review

A common question I get here at the Japan Guy Blog is how to get started learning Japanese. It's a HUGE question and it's part of the reason I've been a bit absent lately (sorry to all the Japan Guy readers out there). But this is the book that got me started and I hope you check out the video to find out the what I don't like about Genki, and then some. Thanks for watching! Donnie Continue Reading …

Japan Talk 3: Standards of Beauty

Japan Talk Cover Session 3

Here is the third session of Japan Talk Gang. The transcript is on the way! In the meantime, please make sure to take a moment to share your thoughts. Beauty is one of those qualities that can be universal, but definitions of what beauty is will vary from one country to another. In your opinion, what makes a woman beautiful. The comment section is all yours. Feel free to share a little, or heck...write a book down there if you like (I love when people really get into their discussions :) Continue Reading …

Should I Really Use A Textbook To Study Japanese?

The Japan Guy's Stack of Japanese Textbooks

In a world of apps, gadgets, gizmos, and software, the old, faithful, paper Japanese textbook doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Maybe you’ve even come across people who have nothing good to say about textbooks: “You can’t learn real Japanese from a book!” “Japanese people don’t actually speak like that.”
“You’re learning Japanese, huh? "Oh you’re using THAT textbook.” “That textbook sucks eggs.” While I honestly haven’t heard the term “suck eggs” since my Ren and Stimpy, “Happy Continue Reading …

SOINN, The Robot Apocalypse Begins

Japan Guy Robot Apocalypse

There is nothing like a cool technology story. Today's little story comes from my good friend Koichi. Have you ever hear of SOINN? If you haven't prepare to have your mind blown! SOINN Stands for the Self Organizing Incremental Neural Network. This is a learning algorithm created by Dr. Osamu Hasegawa at the Tokyo Institue of Technology. Wait wouldn't that school name abbreviate as T.I.T.? I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. Back to the story... This algorithm can use the internet to Continue Reading …