Month: June 2017

The Path to Japanese Fluency

So, you want to become fluent in Japanese. Great decision! But where do you start? How do you get there? What do you do when the going gets rough? For your benefit, I’ve put together this handy little road map for...

/ June 3, 2017
Japanese businessmen bowing

Rei (礼): Mastering the art of Japanese politeness

One of the most complex aspects of Japanese culture for foreigners (myself included) to wrap their heads around is the idea of rei (礼), or Japanese courtesy. There have been attempts to explain the nuances of what’s going on during various cross-cultural exchanges...

/ June 1, 2017