Bilingual Japanese/English with native speakers.


The Japanese language, both spoken and written.


Postings in Japanese; Japanese language software.


The nature of research in Japan. (Moderated)

Live365.com – Japanese

Links to various Internet radio servers featuring the Japanese language.

iiV (Internet Interactive TV)

Live and on demand internet video – I haven’t really used the site so I can’t discuss the quality of content.


Breaking down terrestrial boundaries, speaking the international language of rhythm, samurai.fm is your gateway to a new international soundscape.

Featuring the freshest sounds from the international scene as well as the finest home grown talent from Japan, we act as a portal for Japan to the rest of the world and the rest of the world to Japan.

Not sticking to one kind of music we simply … [ Read more ]


The theme of Brovision is to introduce Japanese culture, life, people, cities etc. towards the world. Brovision is a fully Broadband optimized website and it features valuable video clips.

Yahoo! goes hard gay

Here’s a 7-minute capture from a Japanese variety program. The story-line of this sketch is as follows: A character called “Hard Gay” (by comedian Masaki Sumitani aka “Lazer Ramon”) thinks that the “Hoo!” in Yahoo! is stolen from his often used exclamation and goes to visit Yahoo! headquarters to try to get a deal. He wants to be in their ads, even goes to prove … [ Read more ]

Yomiuri Online Online Video

Find various streaming video options on this site from the Yomiuri Shimbun.


Japanese TV on demand has been around for a while, at least in a limited sense with downloadable bulletins from NHK. All that changed last April with the launch of Gyao, a new free internet TV service which has everything from TV dramas to J-pop to cooking shows and anime. This is great for anyone curious about modern Japanese culture and of course students of … [ Read more ]

Mayumi K’s Osaka dialect 大阪弁 Japanese Podcast

Don’t let the full title fool you: “Osaka dialect 大阪弁 Japanese lesson in English” – Mayumi K’s podcast is fully bilingual, with Mayumi speaking in Osaka-ben and then repeating the words in English. Along the way she also throws in vocab explanations and speaking tips. At 5 minutes a serve the podcast is a good length for repeated listens. The level is intermediate and it … [ Read more ]

Japanese for Life

This website is the personal web journal of Paul Davidson, intended primarily as a place to jot down discoveries made during the course of learning Japanese and living in Nagoya, Japan.

日本語 a go-go

A blog about “Stumbling through Japanese”


Tae Kim, the author of the useful Japanese guide to Japanese grammar offers up this site. What you will find here are tidbits about Japanese that he hopes will be useful for those studying the language. He plans to separate posts into three major categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The beginner category will talk about the fundamental principles of Japanese such as particles, parts of … [ Read more ]

365日物語 (365 Days of Stories)

365日物語 (365 Days of Stories – my translation) is a series of three minute readings from the book of the same name. Each episode ties into a historical event linked to the same date – I listened to episodes about Mary Shelley’s publication of Frankenstein, Churchill’s take on the Iron Curtain and how Franklin Roosevelt was never photographed in his wheelchair. Very easy on the … [ Read more ]