- want to learn Japanese?
- from real Japanese stuff?
- And you’re not particularly into anime (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?
I(soon to be we) am just like you, at least regarding the above.
A few years ago, I moved to Japan without knowing a lick of Japanese. I just didn’t know how to find the good Japanese stuff. I’d walk into stores and see lots of… things.
Some that looked cool. But not speaking Japanese made it hard to know what the hell to buy.
The information on the internet skewed toward anime and martial arts, and those are both cool things, but I just happened to not be too into them. And my Japanese friends would sometimes recommend me things that seemed way beyond my level or unapproachable, either too hard or hard to get.
So here we’ll review 100 Japanese things (for starters), from the point of a Japanese learner. How’s it work? We’ll tell you:
- what the thing is
- where you can get it
- what kind of Japanese you might learn from it
- a phrase from it that you can use right away
We’ll make no claims to be critics or Japanese experts, just people sharing 100 Japanese things. Here we go.