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Konnichi wa !   こんにちは!

This is a site that will share some of the fascinating, captivating and amazing things about Japanese language and culture with you. Students, teachers, avid travellers, lovers of Japanese and those who have a desire to learn more about Japan and Japanese will find a place here which is interesting, dynamic and fun.GeishaGirls

I am a Japanese teacher who fell in love with Japan and everything about it as soon as I sat down in my first lesson, aged 12. That love of Japan has grown, I have lived in, and visited Japan many times, have many wonderful Japanese friends and I  want to be able to share some of that joy with you.


What’s new in Japan and Japanese culture?

Happy 2017! It’s the year of the ROOSTER.


Literally translated, あけましておめでとうございます means ‘Congratulations on the opening of the year’ and Japanese people celebrate New Year’s Day (whereas in the West, we celebrate New Year’s Eve more)

On New Year’s Day, many traditions are observed, one of which is かきぞめ - writing the first calligraphy for the year.







Some of the phrases included “日本の春” (“Japanese spring”), “わか草” (“fresh grass”), and “かきぞめ” (“first calligraphy of the year”).Other phrases included “ひので” (“sunrise”), “生命の力” (“life force”), and “真の勇気” (“true courage”).


Tokyo Olympics are now just 4 years away. Check out the handover in the closing ceremony in Rio;


If you think making sushi is challenging, how would you go making it with a single rice grain?

Take a look at this test for would-be doctors;

I try to keep this home page dynamic and interesting by adding new clips and photos.
This commercial came out during the World Cup soccer in 2014. Can you guess what it is advertising?


There are always new and amazing things coming out in Japan. Take a look at Honda’s new robot;


Here is a short video about our amazing Ninja experience in Mie Prefecture in September 2013. We loved visiting Mie, in rural Japan……then the Ninja Show, Ninja house and museum and of course dressing up as a Ninja and throwing Ninja stars was such a memorable experience.

This is a definite inclusion for further school trips to Japan as it is so distinctly Japanese. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience something special in Japan. Iga-Ryu is about 2 hours from Kyoto and 2 and a half hours from Osaka.

It has been said in Australia that Japanese is the most successfully taught foreign language ever. I believe that a huge factor in this is that anyone who has started learning Japanese or been to Japan gets very excited about so many things and shares those. Their enthusiasm becomes infectious, more people learn and visit and the sharing, and the joy, just continues.

If yJapaneseGirlou are Japanese and wish to volunteer in an Australian classroom, please contact me and I will supply you with information to help you find a fantastic school to volunteer at.


I hope that you enjoy the site and that your interest in, and love of Japanese keeps growing.

Saizen Tours is a Licensed Travel Agency specialising in educational and special interest group tours to Japan. For a truly memorable booking experience and an even more memorable Japan Trip, contact Saizen Tours.

saizen-toursFantastic digital calendar with video footage from all over Japan can be found at;

http://www.uniqlo.com/calendar/Uniqlo calendar2