A long time ago, I made the switch from using Rikaichan to Rikaikun because I changed my browser (Firefox to Chrome) and had no choice. It was recently brought to my attention that the dictionary data used by Rikaikun is very out of date. With this, I started looking into a Rikaikun alternative. Here’s what I ended up switching to.
I didn’t plan on getting a Nintendo Switch, but I’m not always right at predicting the future either. It all started when I brought out the old Gamecube and started playing Mario Kart Double Dash. While that game is fun, there’s nothing quite like the online races from Mario Kart 8 which I played on a borrowed Wii U from my nephew. And then I discovered Twitch…
Yahoo Car Navi or Yahoo!カーナビ , is a wonderful navigation app for those that live in Japan. I never hear anyone talking about it and I thought people should know more about it. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, “We have Google Maps, why would we need anything else?” Sit down, stay a while. 🙂
I want to reminisce about Japanese electronic dictionaries or 電子辞書 (denshi jisho). Seeing these things was pretty rare outside of Asia, or at least where I lived in the US. I don’t remember where I originally found out about them, but I really wanted one when I started looking into them online. Before I get into my experience, let’s quickly go through why these devices were/are a big deal.
I’ve wanted to talk about Japanese political posters for a while now, so it’s high time I knock this one off my to-do list. I remember being in the US during election season, whether it was a local one or national one, political signs were everywhere. Mostly you could find them in people’s yards or on big billboards around town.
In Japan you’ll often see political signs for local and national politicians as well, but things might be a bit different than what is done where you live. Let’s examine some differences.
The internet is a crucial component to so many people’s lives, it’s a wonder what we would do without it. One thing that surprises people when they move to Japan is the complexity of getting standard internet connectivity in their apartments or homes. Dealing with the Japanese internet system might be a little different than the way it works in your home country. Let’s take a look at some information that might help you get a better grasp on the internet situation in Japan.
Did you know that there is an easy way to tell the status of a Japanese driver? There are a few Japanese car stickers that have various meanings which can give you some insight into the driver in front or to the side of you. Here are the most common stickers you will see displayed on cars in Japan. Can you guess what they mean without reading the answer?