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A podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
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Konnichiwa! In this episode, Azra welcomes you to the Nihongo Master podcast! Nihongo Master is a Japanese e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language. Nihongo Master offers bite-sized lessons, discussion forums, interaction with other students and experienced instructors, and a library of hundreds of quality lessons at every level.If you’re planning on studying or working in Japan in the future or if you just want to watch your favorite Japanese TV shows without subtitles, we’ve got you covered!Stay tuned for upcoming episodes where we’ll be interviewing current students, team members, and interesting people in Japan to get their insights into Japanese culture. Azra says, “Learning a new language can be tough, but our online tools and community make it so simple and fun!” Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode, Azra teaches keystone pieces of survival Japanese, which will help you navigate the complexities of everyday life. Learn three essential Japanese phrases that are useful in every place, context, and at every level. You will learn how to use “daijobu”, “onegaishimasu”, and “sumimasen”.Azra breaks down these three phrases and the use case scenarios that might help you avoid sounding like an unnative speaker or offending someone in dialogue. Even without the fully-fledged Japanese language abilities to hold a proper conversation, these three nihongo gems can set you on your way to effectively communicating in the majority of basic everyday situations. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter  About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode, Azra talks about Japanese “matsuri” (祭) or festivals! Whether it’s dancing celebrations or times of paying somber respects, there are many festivals year-round that shape the Japanese tradition. Azra educates listeners that “Japanese matsuri religiously follow the seasons and all of its natural changes. Nature is the root of Japanese traditions!”“Matsuri” bring people together and memorialize loved ones. Japanese festivals are more often than not religious events. Shinto and Buddhism are the two most popularly practiced religions in Japan. Tune in to learn 4 culturally significant festivals that display the breadth of the Japanese culture. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter  About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode, Azra interviews Taylor Dondich! Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Nihongo Master. He founded Nihongo Master in late 2011 after taking a trip to Japan. After studying with various materials available to him to prepare for his trip, he came back wanting to build a better tool for not only himself but for others to learn as well.Language prospers cross-cultural interactions, Taylor says, “Ultimately communication is connection. The mission is to help people get connected.” Tune in to learn about Taylor’s mission for the company, the challenges he has faced, and his experience as an entrepreneur. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
We talk about mystical animals of Japan! Podcast host Azra says, “Japan is packed full of interesting creatures. But what you might not know, is that many of these animals hold a lot of mythical significance.”There are tons of Japanese mystical animals, in this episode we dive into 4 that hold a special spot in Japanese culture, along with some useful animal-related language throughout. So keep your ears tuned for some interesting mythical animal vocabulary to add to your dictionaries - tune in! Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about island life in Japan! Specifically, we cover three different categories of islands: famous main islands, quirky tourist islands and some far-flung exotic islands which feel a world away from Tokyo.Podcast host Azra says, “What not everyone knows is that Japan is not only one single island, but it’s made up a total of almost 7 thousand ones!”There are a total of 6,852 shima (islands) in Japan, and 430 of them are inhabited. They cover a huge range of longitude and latitude, ranging from the subarctic to the subtropical climates. Listen to this episode to learn about animal islands, art islands, and so much more! Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​ ​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about the famous munchies of Japan! We cover kaiseki, sushi, Shojin Ryori, street food, and Ramen. There’s a good chance you’ve tried sushi and ramen, but do you know it’s history? Podcast host Azra says, “Food is the quickest way to the heart of any culture, but when it comes to Japan, you might struggle to decide exactly where to start!”Did you know that Japan has the second most amount of Michelin star restaurants in the world with over 400!?  Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
S1E7: Subculture Mania

S1E7: Subculture Mania

2020-09-1625:36

In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about the weird and wild Subcultures of Japan!  Anyone with an interest in Japan will definitely have seen pictures online of all the weird and wonderful fashion out here: from girls dressed like 18th century toddlers to guys that look like they walked right off the set of the musical Grease. Contrast that with the sea of business suits you’ll see in every train station during rush hour, and it’s easy to see why their eccentricity stands out so much.Podcast host Azra says, “The more conservative the culture, the weirder and wilder kinds of nonconformism you’ll find on its fringes.”We’ll look at five different unique subcultures to find out who they are, where they came from, and what they wear. Expect the usual suspects like biker teens and the Harajuku Girls, but also a few which might be totally new to you. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about the Japanese gaming culture! Podcast host Azra says, “No matter how old you are, I’ll bet some of your best gaming memories began as the bright idea of a developer here in the Land of the Rising Sun.”Hardcore enthusiasts will be able to rattle off countless Japanese companies who have been influential on the video game scene, but we’re just gonna stick with three of the biggest today: SEGA, Sony, and Nintendo.Between these three companies, they have more iconic characters than anyone could possibly remember. And in broad terms, their story is the story of Japanese video gaming culture as a whole. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about Japanese fashion throughout the ages!Did you know that “kimono” literally translates to “thing to wear” — which doesn’t win any prizes for imagination — because it was considered an everyday essential rather than a decorative piece.Podcast host Azra discusses the past 500 years of Japanese fashion. Tune in to hear how the Japanese fashion scene came to be the unique blend of tradition, westernization, and crazy experimentation which we know today.  Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we dive into the art culture of Japan! Art is one of the best windows into the character of a nation and culture, and Japan has one of the richest artistic traditions in the world.Podcast host Azra says, “It’s here that probably the most famous image in the world was created : Hokusai’s great wave. Depending on how into art and history you are, you might know a few other big names from these parts too.”Listen in to learn about four iconic Japanese arts that shaped the Japanese aesthetic tradition the most: ukiyo-e woodblock prints, shodo calligraphy, shikki lacquerware, and ikebana flower arrangement. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about Japanese etiquette!Manners make the people, and the people make the country. Every country has their own set of unspoken customs and rules, and it’s undeniable that there are just some things you can do in one part of the world which are considered taboo in another.Podcast host Azra says, “The Japanese are famously known for their politeness, and we have their highly-valued customs to thank for that.”With such a broad topic, we’ll summarise it to four sections: speech, business, dining and daily.In each one, we’ll look at two do’s and two don’ts, along with various common situations that you might encounter, whether you’re on a holiday trip or living your new life in Japan. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this special episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we tell Japanese ghost stories!If you’re a film fan, you’ll be well aware that Japanese ghosts are some of the most terrifying out there — it takes a brave soul to get through the whole of The Grudge or The Ring without hiding behind a cushion.These stories are filled with restless spirits, flesh-eating monsters, and enough blood and guts to make George A Romero weep with joy.Podcast host Azra says, “Superstitious villagers in Japan have been swapping ghostly folk tales for centuries, and plenty of them could give any modern Hollywood horror flick a run for its money.”We’ll be looking at three different ghost stories from Japan, which were collected and translated by the famous gaijin writer Lafcadio Hearn, who lived here around 120 years ago. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about the lives and times of the Japanese Emperors (and Empresses)!We’ll be shining the spotlight on one of the most influential families on earth — the Yamato Dynasty.Podcast host Azra says, “The imperial monarchy of Japan is the oldest royal dynasty anywhere in the world.”We know for sure that this same family have been in power — in one form or another — for at least 1500 years. Although, if Japanese legend is to be believed, that number is closer to 2650 years! That means that a single family’s lineup of emperors is longer than a lot of people’s Instagram followers list.If you want to understand how the Japanese people relate to their imperial family, you only have to look at a select few — a greatest hits of some of the most influential royals ever to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we spice things up a bit — an interview with Overland Japan about all things business and nature!Podcast host Azra says, “Mixing business with pleasure can get tricky, so so instead, we’re mixing business with nature!”The thought of starting our own business can make some of us instantly halt, turn on our heels and dash the opposite direction — let alone starting a business in a foreign country. Japan has a program to increase foreign entrepreneurs in the country, which offers an initial six months-long visa for overseas businesses to set up shop here.Azra happens to know someone who did what a lot of us are scared to do: open a business, in Japan no less! And his business is all about venturing out into the wilderness and camping under the nature that Japan has an abundance of — in perfectly designed camper vans. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about Japanese film!Podcast host Azra says, “Japan has one of the oldest and longest film industries in the world, going back to over a century ago.”Horror lovers consider The Ring and The Grudge as classic Japanese scare fests, and who hasn’t watched Godzilla? The King of Monsters became a pop culture icon. And the 2016 animation Kimi no na wa (or better known as Your Name) took the world by storm as soon as it was released.We’ll get straight into the top four genres that of Japanese cinematography! Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we introduce our language series, Study Saturday!They’re going to be very similar to the lessons Nihongo Master offers, so if you realise you love Study Saturday, you’ll love our interactive online learning system.Podcast host Azra says, “Before we get to playing “Never Have I Ever”, we gotta know how to ask the basic question: Have you ever…?It’s a pretty basic and casual question that we don’t realise we use it all the time — until we need to say it in a different language, and we go, “How do we say that again…?”And it’s also a perfect conversation starter! What better way for us to ease into this fresh and new series than a conversational grammar point to get the ball rolling. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
S2E3: Tunes & Beats

S2E3: Tunes & Beats

2020-11-2511:31

In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we talk about Japanese tunes and beats!Japan has the second-largest music market in the world, and was at one point the largest physical music market worldwide!Podcast host Azra says, “the oldest forms of traditional Japanese music date back to the 6th century.”We’ve shortlisted to three categories that sum up the music scene in Japan perfectly: traditional Japanese music, J-pop and video game music. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we give you a second Study Saturday with the grammar points for “it looks like…”!How many times have we felt that the food from a restaurant looks delicious, or met someone new and they looked younger than they actually were? Countless of times? Us too! Podcast host Azra says, “There are more than a few ways of saying ‘it looks like…’. Even till today it kinda confuses me. It looks like…these grammar points are eternal learning journeys.”Just like how we can express one thought in more than a few ways in English, it’s the same in Japanese. We’ll run through the various “it looks like” grammar with its usage. Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
S2E5: Bento Craze

S2E5: Bento Craze

2020-12-0211:31

In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we’re all about that packed lunch in a box, also known as a bento.Lunchboxes are the norm, and if you don’t bring one, you’ll be the one getting looks. Bento culture is a thing, and if we have to admit, it’s a pretty good one! Podcast host Azra says, “Not only does it save you a few bucks throughout the day, bentos are often curated with a balanced diet in mind, the ideal nutritional value and lots of love. Can you get a better trio?” Start Learning with Nihongo Master!  Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com​​About Nihongo Master PodcastA podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by Nihongo Master, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.
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