Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Japan has weird fees and pricing systems

Hey guys! I'm back!

I wanted to talk about something that I remembered while doing some online shopping for a friend today. My friend, who recently moved to Japan to teach, asked me to find him the best deal for a WIMAX router (essentially a portable wireless router). I look through the (almost intentionally) convoluted fee structure and eventually find the 'joining fee'. Take a look at this:

Japanese-speaking 'foreigners' getting ignored, and 'silent translators' in Japan

So this is just a little trip down memory lane, venting about how 'foreign-looking' people who speak Japanese in a group are routinely ignored, while the 'Asian-looking' people who DON'T speak Japanese are addressed as the representatives of a small group.

Not sure what I'm talking about?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

TJB is getting a new look!

Hey guys, this is just a quick message to say that in the next few days I'll be updating the look of Totally Japan Blog to make it easier to navigate and generally nicer to look at :)

If you have any feedback about what you like/dislike about the current layout of the site, please let me know in a comment, and please do the same once I've updated it!

All the best!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Do you need a japanese electronic dictionary?

If you've ever been to Japan, or if you've been to university lectures popular with Chinese students, you'll know what an electronic dictionary looks like. If you don't.... then take a look at this photo!
An electronic dictionary is... well... an electronic dictionary :) It's a little computer which includes a number of dictionaries (Japanese-Japanese, Japanese-English, English-Japanese, English-English) among other things which I'll outline in the post - but the question is: do YOU really need one?



Friday, May 29, 2015

Japan here I come!!!!!!

About to get on the plane to Tokyo!!!

Watch this space, I have like a 3 million year flight ahead of me :-)

Peace!
Seb

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Manners On Japanese Trains

When in Japan whether you're a tourist, a student or a long term resident, you should be aware that you will stand out like a sore thumb if you act inappropriately while riding the many trains that zip in and out of Japan's busy cities. I'm not talking about getting naked or attacking people! Some of the stuff in this post you won't find in travel guides for Japan or the cultural sections of Japanese textbooks so read carefully and take note!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What's the secret to learning Japanese?

In the age of 30-day, quick-fix, sexy abs flashy programmes that promise you the world for a small fee of all your money per month, a lot of people want to know about the next big thing in terms of being able to do this or do that. 

A lot of people see someone with decent Japanese and ask, 

"Woah... How can I become that good at Japanese? What's their secret?"


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