Category: japanese

Japanese Language Tools Review: A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

Ok, I’m going to break down the reasons why this is one of the most useful Japanese Language study tools that you can buy. This dictionary can be a little pricey; I saw it recently on Amazon for about $40.00, and White Rabbit sells it for $44.50. I bought mine years ago for about 45…


Dorama Review #5: Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro

This show, which aired on TV Tokyo in 2011, is one of the funniest j-dramas I’ve seen yet. It takes place in a fantasy setting, based (not so loosely) on the RPG Dragon Quest. The title translates to “The Hero Yoshihiko and the Devil’s Castle” and it’s totally nuts. The main protagonist, Yoshihiko (played hilariously…


Bilingual Posts in Social Media Marketing

As I’m beginning (belatedly) to go into full-tilt marketing mode with the release of a new book, I’m running into some trouble with a new Twitter account. I decided to separate the company account (@MediaCrash) from my new, personal account (@J_A_Wynn) and was already worried about maintaining two accounts. Then, it dawned on me (and…


Dorama Review #4: Akihabara@DEEP

Akihabara@DEEP was originally a novel by Ira Ishida that was also developed as a manga. The drama aired in 2006 on TBS in Japan. I really liked this drama even though it has a lot going against it. It’s the sort of show that I can imagine many viewers criticizing. Firstly, because the show was…


Japanese Language Tools Review: Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

Often, the progress that you make when studying a foreign language is dependent on the tools that you use to maximize your study time. In Japanese language study, the tools that you use to study kanji are a serious choice. When I first started studying, my girlfriend’s father gave me a kanji dictionary as a…