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Learn English And Japanese At Blue House Okinawa

  CONTRIBUTED BY JULIA O. Blue House Okinawa is an up and coming venue for a variety of events on island.  I had the pleasure of...

Ichigo Ichie

CONTRIBUTED BY INORI HAYASHI Editor’s Note: Okinawa Hai has partnered with Inori Hayashi, to provide a new monthly series written in a local voice. Our hope is to address...

Hair Salons on Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Finding a hair salon and a stylist you love can be difficult no matter where you live. Below is a compilation...

Confronting Kanji, Part 1

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK Kanji During a visit to see family, little did I know that an elementary knowledge of kanji would add another dimension to...

Oroku Japanese School

CONTRIBUTED BY DAVID GOTTLIEB Oroku School It’s surprisingly easy to spend time, sometimes even years, abroad without needing to know the local language. More often than...

Introducing Ms. Kitanakagusuku: Being Healthy is the Thing

CONTRIBUTED BY ANNA TIENTER As a half-Japanese person here in Okinawa, I am blessed to have my family nearby at all times. In fact most...

Self-Taught Japanese, part V: Japanese for Busy People

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK japanese for busy people volumes If the Japanese textbook Genki seems too intimidating, requiring too much of a financial or time commitment, the...

Self-Taught Japanese, part IV: Genki

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK Genki NewandOld VolumeI Now that New Year’s festivities have passed, hopefully we have all had a few weeks to come down from...

Kimigayo: Japanese National Anthem

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE “Kimigayo,” (君が代) the Japanese National Anthem, is a song almost all of us hear daily. At military events and at the...

Sakura Zaka Theater

CONTRIBUTED BY ANGI BRZYCKI Sakura Zaka Exterior The Sakura Zaka 桜坂劇場 is one of my favorite places to go to in Naha. The movie theater...

Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Where is…?

Back in 2008 we had a regular contributor, Kaho, whose first language was Japanese.  She wrote many posts with helpful information about commonly used...

Kaho’s Japanese Corner: "Kawaii" and "Kowai"

Back in 2008 we had a regular contributor, Kaho, whose first language was Japanese.  She wrote many posts with helpful information about commonly used...

Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Calorie Off?

Back in 2008 we had a regular contributor, Kaho, whose first language was Japanese.  She wrote many posts with helpful information about commonly used...

Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Sumimasen and Gomennasai

Back in 2008 we had a regular contributor, Kaho, whose first language was Japanese.  She wrote many posts with helpful information about commonly used...

Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Ordering Food

Back in 2008 we had a regular contributor, Kaho, whose first language was Japanese.  She wrote many posts with helpful information about commonly used...

Miyawaki Shoten BookStore – 宮脇書店

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK Miyawaki Store Shortly after moving to Okinawa, I began to experience severe book withdrawal. My husband and I are not keen...

Self-Taught Japanese, Part III

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK This is the last in a series on learning Japanese on your own.  Click for Part I or Part II. TextFugu.com: Don’t panic!...

Self-Taught Japanese, Part II

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK We are continuing a series on self-taught Japanese.  To read Part I, click HERE. Rosetta Stone vs. Mango Languages: We have all...

Global Village International Center & Cafe

CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL JOHNSON Though I had been on this wonderful island for a year and a half, I had little ability to speak in...

Self-Taught Japanese, Part I

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK This is the first of a three part series provided by one of our readers.  Stay tuned for Part II &...

Japanese for Eating Out

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA LESPERANCE I keep reading the posts on all the great restaurants to eat at all over Okinawa, and I get very excited...

Japanese Food Books

CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID At the ripe old age of 40, I finally started carrying a purse.  My previous reasoning for just jamming a wallet...

Learning Japanese at Kumon

CONTRIBUTED BY MARTHA You've driven by one or several of them. The baby blue sign with Roman letters spelling out "Kumon", but the O is...

Japanese for Eating Out

CONTRIBUTED BY KATHERINE MOORE Whenever I go out with friends, they quiz me about eating out in Japan.  Some of them are more concern with...

Counting in Japanese

CONTRIBUTED BY KATHERINE MOORE Counting in Japanese is easier than you think.  You can actually count up to 99 by just memorizing the first 10...

Japanese Children’s Books, Part 2

As promised, here is the second installment of Shannan's favorite kid's books related to Japan, Okinawa and its cultures.  If you missed the first,...

Japanese Children’s Books, Part 1

CONTRIBUTED BY SHANNAN LEWELLEN “The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss Our...

Izumi Japanese Class

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON Living on Okinawa for a year and a half, I’ve taken several Japanese classes. I started with the basic classes at Camp...

Japanese Corner: How to say "I love you"

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS While holidaying in New Zealand recently, I was visiting with a friend whose daughter is currently studying Japanese in high school,...

Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS Dining out and/or drinking with Japanese friends and acquaintances is perhaps a regular event for many of you, but for those...

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