21 Warning Signs That You Are an Otaku

Karen is A Classic Otaku

Ever heard the term otaku before? An English student of mine once explained that オタク translates to mean mania or enthusiast, and later became associated with those endaring expressions "geek" or "nerd." You probably know the traditional nerd stereotype already: the glasses-wearing, fashion-aloof, pocket-protector wearing, Mark Zuckerberg-ish (sorry, Mark), man or woman who keeps to themselves and is so into a subject (usually, but not limited to, academic or electronic) that they barely Continue Reading …

What Jin and Mugen Can Teach Us About Japanese

Jin and Mugen Eating Dango

Anyone else a fan of samurai bad-asses? Well this guy is! This guy also happens to have a few drops of anime nerd in his bloodstream. So instead of picking up a shinai or donning kendo armor that I put outside in the summer as a sweat offering to the Japanese Gods of Stench, I chose to absorb myself in an oh-so-amazing short anime series by Kenchiro Watanabe. Some of you may know this anime quite well, Samurai Champloo. With its hip-hop beats (R.I.P.-Nujabes), fast-paced chases, incredibly 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 …

Follow-Up Survey

Follow up survey for the Japan Guy

Hey gang! I wanted to thank you all so much for the over 400 reponses you provided in our "Japan-related things you wanna know more about" survey. In today's very brief post, we'll dig a bit deeper with a one-page follow-up survey on one of your biggest responses. If you have 5-10 minutes, I would really love to hear your thoughts. If you want ongoing updates about the resource we're creating, you can either leave your name and email in the form below the survey, or at the end of the video. Continue Reading …

Japanese vs. American Gestures (Part 1)

Japanese Gestures with Hyokun 1

Gestures are a big part of communication whether you like in Japan, in the U.S. or Turks and Caicos (does anybody have free tickets to that place? God I wanna go there for a short vacation...er...sorry, tangent). In this three-part video series we'll take a look at some of the most common gestures you'll encounter in Japan. In addition we'll compare these very same gestures to similar ones in the U.S.. Enjoy this series with your friend and mine, Hyokun! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Japanese vs. Continue Reading …