The Manga Sensei Blog

Take a Bow

This is an interesting point of Japanese culture that can sometimes be a bit difficult for foreigners to understand. But knowing when and how to bow can really help you improve your interactions with native Japanese speakers.

 

By Jessica Hutchison

Stop Learning Kanji 

The #1 problem that I tend to come across with beginners that are learning Japanese, is the overzealous and premature attempt to learn Kanji. 

 

By John Dinkel

Japanese: A High Context Language 

Japanese, unlike English, is a High Context Language. This means that when you speak with someone, they expect you to have some background knowledge of what they are talking about. This can make language a bit more confusing for a learner, but it also makes it a lot more efficient.  

 

By Jessica Hutchison

How to ‘Hack’ Japanese

3 simple sentences that will change your Japanese learning. 

 

By John Dinkel

Why Fluency is a Stupid Goal

3 simple sentences that will change your Japanese learning. 

 

By John Dinkel

Back To School

With School just around the corner, it’s easy to think what would life be life if you were a student somewhere else, anywhere else! Learn About Japanese School and Japanese School Culture.  

 

By Jessica Hutchison

Kabuki; A Resilient Art

Kabuki, also known as Japanese Opera is a colorful and honestly resilient Japanese art for that is and was the bees knees. Trust us, Jessica will tell you all about it.  

 

By Jessica Hutchison

How to Learn Japanese Through Manga and Anime

While I would love if people learned Japanese through our comic, this article will hopefully give you a couple more help and direction in learning the best language in the world. 

 

By John Dinkel

Everything You Know Geisha is Probably Wrong 

Geisha are a popular image of Japan. Most people who see a geisha, even if they aren’t familiar with the term, will probably associate her with Japan. However, people in the West also have a rather large misconception when it comes to these fancy-looking ladies. 

 

By Jessica Hutchison

Everything You Know About Samurai is Probably Wrong

Samurai have become an icon of Japan, even for Japanese people. And it’s pretty easy to see why. Samurai are really cool. Who doesn’t want to walk around with a sword and sweet armor all day long? They fought in crazy wars and basically ruled the country. 

 

By Jessica Hutchison 

Yokai, Demons, and Ghosts – Oh My

What do you really know about Japanese Demons and Monsters?!

 

By Jessica Hutchison 

Ukiyo: The Floating World

As you look more into Japanese history, especially the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868), you will quickly come across a lot of woodblock prints. These are generally referred to as ukiyo-e (浮世絵), or pictures of the “floating world.” 

 

By Jessica Hutchison

5 Habits That are Ruining Your Japanese

People that are learning Japanese, or any other language, often fall into bad habits unknowingly. After years of hard experience, teaching language and learning two (Japanese and Korean) I have fallen into enough pitfalls to know my way around the major ones. In my years of experience, there are 5 main pitfalls and problems that beginning language learners should know about in order to avoid. 

 

By John Dinkel 

Hanami

One of the most recognized symbols of Japan is the cherry blossom (Sakura 桜). You can find cherry trees all over Japan, generally lined up along paths and rivers. During most of the year, you may wonder why there are only cherry trees planted on these paths, but when spring comes around, it’s pretty obvious. 

 

By Jessica Hutchison 

Travel Guide To Lodging in Japan

Making travel plans in a foreign country can be downright terrifying. You never know what you’re getting yourself into without having experience yourself. It can be difficult to get a straight answer to the most basic questions, such as “What is the best airport to fly into?” “How do I get to my connecting train?” and “Will anybody be able to speak English?” In order to alleviate some of the stress concerning one of the basic questions that just about everyone has when traveling, I’m going to address all of the ins and outs of lodging in Japan. 

 

By John Sorenson