Takoyaki たこやき

Do you know what Takoyaki is?
It is a very popular meal/snack for western part of Japan specially Osaka.
Many households in Osaka / Kansai (Western Part of Japan) own Takoyaki cooker.
When you visit Osaka, this is something you must try.
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Whisky Boom in Japan

Suntory Hibiki Whisky
Did you know Whiskies are the trendy drink in Japan right now.

I heard the boom started with "Highball" CM in Japan. So, if you are visiting someone in Japan, bring a bottle of whisky. They might like it.

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Udon ... Ultimate Japanese Fast Food

One of the most popular Japanese foods are UDON (うどん)
You pick the toppings and create your own meal.
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Only in Japan ... All Zero Beer???

Enjoying ALL-FREE in the air!!!
There are many beer claiming to be non-alcoholic ... but I only see beer that truly nonalcoholic and zero carols ... Actually it is not an alcoholic beverage at all so kids can buy them (although what kind of kids like to drink beer like drink).

When you are in Japan, try it. 100% alcoholic free beers are available from SUNTORY and ASAHI ... KIRIN is also 100% alcohol free but has some calories.
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Fried Chicken in Japan

Did you know fried chicken is very popular in Japan?
No, I am not talking about Kentucky Fried Chicken.
I am talking about Japanese style fried chicken called Karaage (唐揚げ).

Many Japanese people eat Karaage Chicken with rice and soup. Like Tonkatsu, fried chicken are often accompanied with shredded cabbage.
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Japanese-Online Newsletter

We will be starting Japanese-Online Newsletter (メルマガ = Mail Magazine) soon. We have the subscription page now online. If you are interested, please sign=up. It is no charge for now.

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New Sponsor at Japanese-Online.com

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Quick Lunch

Japanese style quick lunch for about US$10.
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Japnese Food Court

They often show the picture of foods they serve,
You buy tickets.
Zaru Soba
Many super markets and shopping malls have food court. Foods are good and very inexpensive. Here are two of the most popular food items at Japanese food court.,
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Sister Acts: How Music Can Help You Learn a New Language

Language and music are deeply entwined. They are sisters to each other, both rooted in rhythm, tone, and melody. Likewise, they both have a learning curve to the newcomer. But, the beauty is, these two can be combined for an incredible result; learning a new language (www.japanese-online.com/page/lessons-basics-characters) with the help of music is incredibly effective.
It was previously thought that language and music used two differing brain functions. Speech functions were localized in the left-brain hemisphere and language in the right. But scientific advances in brain imaging technology have challenged that idea as of late. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s a whole lot of overlap between the two. The data is overwhelming that music can aid in one’s quest (www.fluentu.com/blog/learning-language-through-music/?nabe=4857995676876800:1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F) to learn a new language.
How it Helps
If you were asked, “Which letter comes before R?”, you would probably have to sing the alphabet song in order to remember it is ‘Q’. Ask any kindergartener, and you will realize that, even at a young age, we become aware rather quickly of the perks of memorizing things in conjunction with music. It’s true, the power of music is seldom matched (https://ledgernote.com/columns/music-theory/circle-of-fifths-explained/), both in terms of its memorization benefits and its complexity itself. For instance, think about how much easier it is for you to memorize your favorite song than it was to memorize your multiplication tables.
You see, certain songs trigger memories (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201312/why-do-the-songs-your-past-evoke-such-vivid-memories), just like the way scent does. Music can help ingrain in your mind events that happened years ago, and it can help you to recall them with ease. Channeling this tool when it comes to memorizing a new alphabet and language is just as effective. There is no reason you can’t help yourself memorize the hiragana and katakana alphabets with music. Not only will this make the process easier, but it will most likely make it more fun and interesting, too.
How it Works 

The brain is an “association machine”. It remembers new information by connecting it with the information already there (www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/parts-of-the-brain/2016/05/23/id/730269/). So, the memories or facts you most easily remember are those that get linked, whether consciously or subconsciously, to memories and information already there. Simple enough, right? Just remember that for you to retain the vocabulary and store it in your long-term memory, you have to creatively connect them with something else. If you were trying to memorize the Japanese word “Oboemasu”, you could think of the oboe, a musical instrument, and you could pair “masu” with another word it reminds you of, perhaps the word, “massage”. 

Songs create these same kinds of opportunities for making connections, which is why they’re so memorable. There are plenty of people who can’t remember their friend’s birthdays, yet they know all of the words to hundreds of songs. By pairing new vocabulary with music, you not only allow your brain to make more connections to the new words you are learning, but you target the rhythmic side of music and language that pair so well together, too.
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