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Akari Talks Japan

Akari Talks Japan

By Akari Japanese
Small talk and trivia about Japanese language, culture, society and history. Host Akari is the online Japanese teacher who love to share her own culture after she traveled many countries.

[Akari's Japanese lesson]


[Patron] I appreciate if you can support me!

[Contact] Contact me on Twitter(@akari_japanese5), or Instagram (@akari.japanese)
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50. Greetings in Japanese. Original meaning inside.
50. Greetings in Japanese. Original meaning inside.
September 4, 2020
Introduction about this podcast
Introduction about this podcast
September 1, 2020
48. How did you master Japanese? #3 Elizabeth "Making it in Japan"
Elizabeth's blog about starting business in Japan:   Elizabeth's blog about eighty-eight temple pilgrimage:   Akari's Japanese lesson:   Akari's website:
June 25, 2020
47. 日本語教師のおしゃべり#3 Yuko 「オンラインと教室での日本語を教える違い」
Yuko and I (Akari) are both Japanese teacher. Yuko teach at classroom, privately and online. I teach Japanese online. We talked about what the difference teaching at classroom, privately and online. Yoko's link: Akari's online Japanese lesson:
June 6, 2020
46. オンライン日本語教師のおしゃべり #2 Yukiさん「アニメと日本語学習」
This interview held in Japanese. Yukiさんも私も、Airbnbの体験ホスト(ツアーガイド)です。Yukiさんは秋葉原でアニメツアーをしていて最近オンラインでも同じツアーをしています。少し内容を変えればアニメ好きに日本語を教えられるよ、とオンライン日本語教師に誘って最近オンラインで日本語を教え始めました。  日本語学習者の日本に興味を持った理由の大きな部分を占めるのがアニメです。私はアニメに詳しくないのですが、けっこうアニメ好きは私の生徒さんにも多いので、日本語学習とアニメについてYukiさんにインタビューしました。   Yuki's online anime tour:   Yuki's online Japanese lesson:   Akari's online Japanese, English lesson:
June 2, 2020
45. How did you master Japanese? #2 Amit "make local friends"
Hello! I'm Akari, I'm a online Japanese teacher. I start interviewing people who mastered Japanese. Today's guest is Amit. My friend/student. One of the most intelligent person I know.  Amit start learning Japanese about 5 years ago, then he study abroad to Japan, spend six months in Kansai-gaidai university in Osaka. What is amazing about him, he bring his job so that he can make money to traveling around Japan, make friends through italki, then attend lots of meetup or events that local people goes. That way, he had a very productive stay in Japan. Please enjoy Amit's story :)   Akari's teacher profile: podcast: website: Instagram: @akari.japanese
May 27, 2020
44. How did you master Japanese? #1 Renata
Renata is originally from Hungry. Renata and I met because we both are Airbnb experience host in Kyoto, Japan. Today I interview her how she start living in Japan, how she studied Japanese. Renata's FB page: Akari's Japanese lesson:
May 18, 2020
43. About Polyglot Conference 2019 Polyglot Conference 2019のお話
Hiro and I are both online Japanese teacher on italki. We participated "Polyglot Conference 2019" last year and we had fun. We're talking about it. 2019年の10月にPolyglot conference という多言語話者が世界中から集まる会議に参加してきました。そのときの話です。   ★ Hiro's profile ★ Akari's profile(英語も教えています!)
May 18, 2020
42. What are you into these days? 最近ハマっていることは何ですか?
「最近ハマっていることは何ですか?」 saikin hamatte iru koto wa nan desu ka? saikin=recently hamatte iru =into, addicted to koto=things nan desu ka?=what is it?
May 14, 2020
40. italki Japanese teachers talk: Guest Hiro 同じくオンライン日本語教師のHiroさんとおしゃべり
(2:20- all Japanese) Hiro's teacher profile on italki: Akari's teacher profile italki: ttps://
May 9, 2020
39. Japanese idem use 気(ki) =energy 「気」という言葉を含む日本語
気がいい場所 ki ga ii basho=good energy place 気をつけて ki o tsukete=take care 気にしないで ki ni shine de=no worries 元気 genki=fine 天気 tenki=weather
May 9, 2020
38. Black people who is success in Japan 日本で活躍する黒人の人、もしくはハーフの人
There are many, but for me, these people came up in my mind. 1. Jero- enka singer 2. Bobby Ologun  TV talent 3. Half- Japanese Ms. Naomi Osaka- tennis player Mr. Rui Hachimura- basketball player
May 4, 2020
37. Hollywood Movies that title in Japanese is totally different 日本語タイトルと全く違うタイトルのハリウッド映画
I know my selection is bit old... but all good movies! 1. Sister Act 「天使にラブソングを」 2. Jerry Maguire 「ザ・エージェント」 3. When Harry met Sally  「恋人たちの予感」
May 4, 2020
36. Japanese words that don’t have an English meaning おつかれさま、よろしく、失礼します
1. お疲れ様 おつかれさま Otsukaresama 2. よろしく Yoroshiku 3. 失礼します しつれいします Shitsurei shimasu
May 2, 2020
35. If I'm a complete beginner of Japanese, how do I study it?
Study Japanese with Akari: Patreon: Be a member, and study Japanese together! italki online Japanese lesson:
May 2, 2020
34. Month of the year in old Japanese 旧暦の月の言い方
Normally we say 1月、2月、3月(January, February, March) in standard Japanese. But we used to use lunar calendar before, and at that time, we have other words to describe month of the year. For example, 弥生(やよい、yayoi) =March, 皐月(さつき、satsuki)=May, 葉月(はづき、hazuki). My favorite one is 神無月(かんなづき, kannazuki, meaning=God, no, month). Only Shimane prefecture where Izumo-shrine is they call 神在月(かみありづき、kamiarizuki, mean=God, there, month)
April 30, 2020
1. Self introduction & why I start making podcast
my Patreon page: Be a member, and let's study Japanese together!
April 30, 2020
33. What Social media do you like? どのSNSが好きですか?
Me, so far, 1. Linkedin 2. Instagram 3 Twitter
April 29, 2020
32. Golden Week ゴールデンウィーク
Golden Week is a week from the 29th of April to early May containing a number of Japanese holidays.
April 29, 2020
31. I want to have Shiba-inu. 柴犬がほしい!
Do you know Shiba-inu? The Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of hunting dog, looks like a fox. Very loyal to owners. One of my dream to have Shiba inu..
April 23, 2020
30. The book I'd like to read again now, "Who moved my cheese" 今もう一度読みたい本「チーズはどこへ消えた」
"Who moved my cheese": 「チーズはどこへ消えた」:チーズはどこへ消えた?-扶桑社BOOKS-スペンサー・ジョンソン-ebook/dp/B00KD2IK4S/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&crid=19I86IETQX44O&dchild=1&keywords=チーズはどこへ消えた&qid=1587635882&sprefix=チーズはどこ%2Caps%2C218&sr=8-1 Audible:
April 23, 2020
29. Is watching anime useful for Japanese learning? アニメは日本語学習に有益?
Well, it's up to which anime you watch. If anime characters speaking normal Japanese, yes. Nippon Animation official site, you can watch 1st episode of World Masterpiece Theater.
April 19, 2020
28. Why Anonymity is so Important for Japanese Social Media なぜ日本のSNSでは匿名性が大事なのか
I think there are two reasons 1. shy and also we are educated not to stand out. 2. loyal to their company
April 19, 2020
27. Good ears and language learning 耳がいいことと語学学習
I think if you have good ears, it helps you to learn foreign language. I have a friend who has small son, and she asked me "How can I make him learn English?" I said, "If he have good ears, it much easyer to learn foreign language, and it seems music education help to grow good ears too."
April 19, 2020
26. Thank you, italki, italki ありがとう 
I met 400 amazing people through teaching Japanese online. Thank you for all the people who choose me as a teacher, being my friend, visiting me in Japan, keeping in touch, and keep inspiring me. オンラインで日本語を教えた人の数が400人になりました。4年前の熊本地震の時も、今も、この仕事に救われています。オンライン教育の素晴らしさを多くの人に伝えたいです。出会えたすべての人に感謝します💌 Thank you for italki team that providing me the wonderful opportunity to meet and connect amazing people across the world. This job always helping me in the tough situations. Four years ago, M7 earthquake hit my hometown Kumamoto, and my mom and I escape from there. We drive to north, then jump up to the train, and find accommodation that night. Nobody can make money the next day that happens, but I arrived a hotel and did a lessons next day. It took more than a few months to fix life, but thanks to this job, I could survived financially. This time also. My main job was a tour guide in Kyoto, but because of the virus, all the tour was canceled from the end of February. But thanks to this job, I could meet amazing people everyday, teach and chat. I can stay mentally healthy, and financially safely. I love this job. Teaching Japanese is my calling. Arigato everyone 💌 Akari .
April 18, 2020
25. Japanese learners are amazing 日本語学習者はすばらしい
Luckily I met so many amazing people through teaching Japanese online.
April 14, 2020
24. Some positive changes I see in Japan this week 今週見たポジティブな変化
1. My friends start challenging something new. 2. Musicians, actors, comedians providing entertainment on Youtube lives.
April 14, 2020
23. Why Katakana is difficult なぜカタカナは難しいのか
1. pronunciation is different 2. Some Katakana are not from English but from other foreign language. 3. Japanese people make some English words short. 4. We mad our original English-like-Japanese. (和製英語)
April 12, 2020
22. Is Japanese writing hard to learn? 日本語の文字を学ぶのは難しい?
In Japanese we have, Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. First, please memorize Hiragana and Katakana. There are only 46 letters each. Then Kanji, you can practice slowly. 
April 12, 2020
21. What is Japanese religion? 日本人の宗教 
Most of Japanese people believe Buddhism and Shintoism.
April 12, 2020
19. What is the key to master foreign language? 外国語をマスターする鍵
1.モチベーチョン 2. 継続は力なり
April 12, 2020
17. For complete beginner: What is the best way to learn Japanese?
I think, when you are beginner, it's better to take native Japanese teacher's lesson. Because Japanese pronunciation is unique so it' better to hear native Japanese teacher's pronunciation. If you became intermediate or advance student, you can study by yourself by using apps or podcasts. I teacher Japanese online on italki. It's a great language platform, and there are about 400 Japanese teachers. Please check.
April 9, 2020
16. Emergency declaration 非常事態宣言
Emergency declaration was annunced in Japan on April 7th.
April 9, 2020
15. What food do you recommend in Kyoto? 京都でおいしい食べ物
Tofu, Tsukemono (picles), noodles (Udon, soba, ramen), Kaiseki cuisine, Gyoza, hamo (conger eel), and kamo (duck). 
April 9, 2020
14. What food & drinks do you recommend in Kyoto? Green Tea & Macha 京都でおすすめの飲み物: 緑茶&抹茶
What food & drinks do you recommend in Kyoto? Green Tea & Macha
April 9, 2020
13. What food& drink do you recommend in Kyoto? Sake 京都でおすすめの飲み物: 日本酒
When you have a chance to come Kyoto, please try Sake! Kyoto's Sake is one of the best in the world!
April 9, 2020
12. What is your favorite Studio Ghibli movie? 好きなジブリ映画は何ですか?
My favorite Studio Ghibli movies are, "Laputa, the castle in the sky" (天空の城ラピュタ)、"My Neighbor Totoro" (となりのトトロ)、"Grave of the Fireflies" (火垂るの墓).
April 5, 2020
11. My favorite town in Tokyo 東京で好きな町
In Tokyo each station have a different atomosphere. My favorite station (areas) are Jiyugaoka, Minato-mirai, Shibuya, Daikanyama, and Hiroo.
April 5, 2020
10. Do you know the book, "Anne of Green Gables"?「赤毛のアン」を知っていますか?
I read the book "Anne of Green Gables" when I was 10 years old, and I was dreaming to go to Prince Edward Island in Canada. I spent two years there, and had a great time.
April 5, 2020
9. Trip memory: Countries I visited by cruise ship 船で訪れた国々
I visited many countries thanks to the Japanese government international youth program. If you're between 18-30 years old youth, you might have a chance to apply for these program as a participant youth. "Ship for World Youth program", "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth program" Thanks to this program, I've visited Thailand, NZ, Saipan, India, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
April 5, 2020
8. Travel memory: Australia 初めての海外、オーストラリア
Where is the first foreign country you have visited ? For me, it was Australia. I visited Cairns and Sydney when I was 16 years old. 
April 5, 2020
7. Travel memory: Singapore よく行く国、シンガポール 
I've been to Singapore many times. For Japanese people, Singapore is one of the most popular foreign country to visit. I like Singapore because there are beautiful airport, people speak English, and city are clean. After I travel other South East Asian countries, when I arrive Singapore I feel relax.
April 3, 2020
6. Travel memory: Greece 2 冒険のギリシャ旅行 2
I had a great time in Greece. If I have a chance in the future, I'd like to learn Greek. Lots of history, delicious and healthy food, beautiful scenery, but most importantly, people in Greece are so nice. 
April 3, 2020
5. Travel memory: Greece 1 冒険のギリシャ旅行 1
I spend two months in Greece in 2005, May. Luckily I have Greek friends so I had amazing time there.
April 3, 2020
4. (Mic Test: without good mic) 京都に住む理由  Why I live in Kyoto
(Today, I don't use good mic, just using normal Mac and earphone. I appreciate if you can tell me which one is good. With good mic or not.)
April 3, 2020
3. Dialect in Japan 日本の方言 
Japan has lots of dialects. I think one of the reason why we have so many dialects are, mountains. Actually 73% (I said 80%, but actually 73%) of the land in Japan are mountains. Mountains divide villages, that made various dialects. 
April 2, 2020
2. What April 3rd means for me? 4月3日の意味
I supposed to have 入学式 (にゅうがくしき)=Entrance ceremony of my Master course, but it's canceled. Usually around April 3rd, most of the school have 入学式 and we take pictures in front of school for memories.
April 2, 2020