Life in Japan

How to rent & use share bicycles in Tokyo (Docomo Sharecycle)

Want to learn how to use the red public share bicycles in Tokyo? Our students have asked for our help to understand how to use the share cycle system in...

Children’s Day (こどもの日): All About this “Double Fifth” Holiday

With a history of almost 1300 years in Japan, we explore the origins of Children’s Day, its connections to China, and some of its most revered traditions.

Greenery Day (みどりの日): It’s Green and Blue

Celebrated annually on 4th May, this relatively young is linked to one of Japan’s youngest colours.

Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日): A Day to Dedicated to Peace

On 3rd May 1947 the Constitution of Japan, also known as the “Peace Constitution” was signed, and this date has been a national holiday ever since.

Showa Day (昭和の日): Remembering History, and Why It’s Important

The intention of Showa Day is to encourage reflection upon the years 1929-1989, otherwise known as the Showa Era – an intense time in Japan.

Japanese Baseball Vocabulary & Flashcards

Going to a Tokyo Giants Baseball Game? This article will teach you Japanese Baseball Vocabulary!

Tokyo Dome City & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Tokyo Dome City (東京ドームシティ) & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (小石川後楽園) are two major tourist destinations located a short 15 minute walk from Coto Japanese Academy – they are a...

The Love Shrine of Tokyo – Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Did you know that one of Tokyo’s 5 Major Shrines is only a 3 minute walk from Coto ACADEMY?   Tokyo Daijingu 東京大神宮 ( とうきょう だいじんぐ ) – located in Iidabashi......

Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日): The Start of Spring

The transition from winter to spring is always highly anticipated in Japan. So, to welcome this new season, we take a look at the history, meaning and celebrations of Vernal Equinox Day.

Cafes in iidabashi and kagurazaka that are great for studying.

cafes in iidabashi and kagurazaka Are you looking for a pleasant space to sit down and study Japanese in Tokyo? This list and map of cafes in Iidabashi and Kagurazaka...

Vocabulary for Tokyo Immigration Office, Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau FAQ

If you are a new resident to Japan – visiting the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau  (東京(とうきょう)入国(にゅうこく)管理(かんり)局(きょく)) / (Tokyo Immigration Office) is likely something that y...

Sorting out garbage in Japan – Japanese words for Trash

Sorting Out garbage In Japan Trash is not just something you can throw away easily, there is a large level of preparation needed before you can pitch things out in...