Japanese English That Will Make You Giggle

Funny Cup Noodles Slogan

I was going back through some old pictures of mine and came across some funny, Japanese English gyms. For those who have been here for quite some time, you probably know quite well that you're bound to bump into some silly English word or phrase. This is the reason I love smart phones so much. Often you encounter the craziest Japenglish expressions when you're least expecting to. From Business logos, to t-shirts, to products, to marketing promotions, to commercials, to acting scripts (oh Continue Reading …

The Man Who Successfully Created a Crabigator!

Koichi

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself I'm just this guy, you know? THE TOFUGU BLOG 2.  When exactly did Tofugu start?  In University I ran out of Japanese classes to take, so I somehow convinced one of the teachers to let me set up an independent study where I wrote a blog in Japanese (about American culture). Sometimes I would write in English about Japanese culture/language, and those articles did way better. Noticing this, I branched off into making Tofugu and after many ups and Continue Reading …

Hello Kitty Plus Sadako Equals Terrifyingly Cute

Hello Sadakitty towel

On my way home from work, I usually pass through this rather peaceful, Yokohama neighborhood. While strolling, I decided to take a detour. I wanted to take some time to soak in those beautiful Japanese sunset oranges and pinks. Gazing at the sky and daydreaming without a care in the world, I suddenly noticed something moving out of corner of my eye. A rather odd kitten crossed my path. The cat was wearing a dress and apparently, a wig. This didn’t strike me as strange because In Japan, it’s Continue Reading …

The Joys of Japanese Noodles

Tasty Gomoku Ramen

Mom always taught me not to slurp my noodles, but the cool thing about being in Japan is that the slurping rule goes completely out the window. If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant that serves any kind of noodles, or if you’ve been to a Japanese friend’s house for a meal, you probably know exactly what I mean. My problem is that I’m so used to NOT slurping that I haven’t quite mastered the fine art of slurping without splashing noodle juice on myself and everyone around me. As a Continue Reading …

The Five Best Companies To Teach For in Japan

Donald Ash Teaching English

People come to Japan for a planeload of different reasons. Some have an extreme fascination with Japanese culture: anime, J-pop, Japanese festivals, and the Japanese language. Other foreigners may be seeking a way to broaden their horizons, broaden their resumes, up their dating game (let’s be honest), or find a professional change of pace. Regardless of the reasons for coming, one of the common vehicles for people to realize their Japan dreams is through teaching English. Japan can offer the Continue Reading …