Kasuga Taisha Shrine`s Lantern

Kasuga Taisha, Nara

Kasuga Taisha Shrine has a lot of lanterns.
 kasuga taisha ha takusan no chouchin ga arimasu

how to say A LOT in japanese

There are not only たくさんの takusan no a lot of lanterns inside the shrine, but also all along the way in the park leading to the shrine. Some are golden, some are bronze, some are stones.
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Family Day at Kasuga Taisha

On the way to Kasuga-Taisha Shrine

 Family day in the park.
kouen de, kazoku to issho ni sugosu ichi nichi desu.

Draw together with your family.
kazoku to issho ni e wo kakimashou.

how to say FAMILY in japanese

家族 kazoku family also means FAther Mother I Love You.


Cute Nara Boy


Somewhere in Nara

Watch out! Car is coming!
危ない! 車が来てるから。
abunai! kuruma ga kiteru kara

how to say WATCH OUT in japanese

When you see someone in danger. Shout it out loud "危ない abunai Watch out!!!!" You may save a life.


Stuck in a Pillar

Todaiji, Nara

Oh God! Someone please help this kid.
oh-! dareka kono kodomo wo tasukete kudasai.

He is stuck.
hikkakatteiru yo.

how to say STUCK in japanese

The hole size in the pillar is said to have the same size as the Buddha`s nostril. By going through the pillar, some say it is for enlightenment, some say for happiness and some say it is for getting rid of evil. Whatever the significance, it is for good. Most small children will get through easily. There are some cases where adults trying to get through, but got 引っかかる hikkakaru stuck. Someone had to pull him out.
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The Great Buddha

Todaiji, Kyoto

At the front door of the Todaiji temple.
 todaiji no genkan de

 You will see the Great Buddha once you enter the temple.
haittara daibutsu ga miete kimasu.

How to Say GREAT BUDDHA in Japanese

The 大仏 daibutsu Great Buddha is a bronze statue that span 48 feet high and weigh 500 metric tonnes.


Todaiji Horn Roof

Todaiji, Kyoto

 Could you see the golden horns on the roof?
okujou ni kiniro no tsuno ga miemasu ka.

How to Say ROOF in Japanese

On the 屋上 okujou roof, they are not horns but the tail of a fish. It is symbol of protection against fire.

The Huge Todaiji

Todaiji, Kyoto

This is huge.
kyodai desu ne.

 It written on the ticket. See how big it is.
chiketto ni kaite arimasu. dono gurai kyodai ka mite kudasai.

How to Say HUGE in Japanese

The Todaiji was built in year 798. They managed to built something so 巨大 kyodai huge so long ago. It is simply amazing.


Nara Deer Toys


Somewhere in Nara

Deer toys are so cute.
shika no omocha ga kawaii desu ne.

How to Say TOY in Japanese

LEGO is an educational おもちゃ omocha toy that encourage learning through play. I love it when I was a kid.


Japanese English Dictionary: The Next Best to Learn Japanese

In the previous post, Japanese English Dictionary: Best 2 to Learn Japanese, we have introduced one great Japanese English dictionary to learn Japanese. In this post, we are going to introduce the next best Japanese English dictionary which I have used extensively since the beginning of my journey to learn Japanese. I feel that it provides more examples than WWWJDIC: Word Search.


You may input the word you want to search in English or Japanese (kana) in the Japanese English dictionary.

If you input in Japanese (kana) in the Japanese English dictionary.

You will get a list of examples in Japanese with English translation.
The examples are mostly extracted from some reliable sources such as newspapers, articles, magazines, etc.
From here, you can see how they utilize the words, how they structure the sentence, how they express their meanings, etc. For me, I find it very useful.

On the other hand, if you input in English Japanese English dictionary;

Similarly, you will get a list of examples in English with Japanese translation.
What I like is that it can be used to look for some expression in English that cannot be directly translated into Japanese. They would look up the closest Japanese words or phrases that best match with what you want to say.

Combine both the Japanese English dictionary. I am sure it will help you greatly in your journey to learn Japanese.
Explore the Japanese English dictionary. Type in any words and start doing a series of word searches. Learn Japanese from the examples. Hope you will have a great time with the Japanese English dictionary. Good luck in your quest to learn Japanese.
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Deer Attack


Somewhere in Nara

Be careful of angry deers.
okotta shika ni chuui shite kudasai.

How to Say ANGRY in Japanese

Why 怒る okoru angry? Being angry increase your heart rate and blood pressure. It is a toxic to your body.
See facts about anger.


Non-native Japanese Speaker Learning Japanese

For a non-native Japanese speaker, learning Japanese can be a difficult. Especially if you decide to learn it by your own. At some points, you might want to get some help from others to get the basics right. Once you got all the ingredients, the rest are just practice...practice...practice.

I stumbled upon a Japanese learning journal written by Leo, an Australian that started studying Japanese at the university about 8 years ago. He stopped studying for about 3 years as he found it so difficult to get his head around and then finally rediscovered his passion for Japanese and self studied from that moment until today. :) He hoped that by writing his journal frequently (in the form of a blog), he will improve his Japanese and hopefully get to a level where he can speak it better.

I found some methods to learn Japanese used are similar to mine.

Learn simple basic everyday Japanese words.
Drop all the bombastic words. Go with the easy words. It is the easy words that we use everyday.

Write about anything like a diary in Japanese.
Getting it written down in words can actually help you structure your sentence. If you can get it written down in words, you are most probably able to compose a good sentence in speaking.

There is a saying. When there is a will there is a way. Keep it up.
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Afraid of Deers


Somewhere in Nara

Papa, I am afraid of deer.
papa, shika wo osoreru.

How to Say AFRAID in Japanese

Wild deers are pretty tame, but their behaviour will change instantly when they sense danger. You should be afraid of  を恐れる wo osoreru deers only if you provocate them. Otherwise, they won`t attack you.

Japanese English Dictionary: Best 2 to Learn Japanese

A good Japanese English dictionary is important to learn Japanese. Here, I am going to introduce you two Japanese English dictionary that I have used to learn Japanese. I find them easy to use, friendly, never disappointed me with the Japanese word I want to find, and it complements each other to provide good examples.

WWWJDIC: Word Search


I started using this Japanese English dictionary right from the beginning when I started to learn Japanese. Before I learnt any kana or kanji, I depended on romaji a lot. Thus, I liked its Search Using Romanized Japanese, which cater for beginners. Once you learnt the Japanese characters, you could also search using kana and kanji too.

The most accurate search result goes to the top. It will display
  • kanji: the complicated writing
  • kana: the not so complicated writing
  • type: you this word as a noun, adjective (na,i), expression, verb, adverb, etc.
  • popular word: indicates that this is a commonly used word
  • example: my favourite function

Click on the [Ex], it will display a list of examples. It will randomly pick 10 examples. You may click on the complete list to see all the examples available. The examples are extremely useful for beginners to learn Japanese.

The examples are quite simple. One method I used is to look at the English text and try to translate it into Japanese. Then, I look at the Japanese text to see how well I did.

Japanese English Dictionary: The Next Best for Learning Japanese
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Resting Deer


Somewhere in Nara

Rest under the shade (of a tree)
 kokage de yasumu

How to Say SHADE (of a tree) in Japanese

Trees provide 木陰 kokage shade and wind buffering that reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars. Save our trees.

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