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If someone told me about this in advance, I might have had a change to run away. Who am I kidding? I would still fall in this very pitfall and be happy about it. So, you are a foreigner and you are thinking about doing your grad education in Japan. There are some things you should know before making the final decision. Here’s a three-item list of the things that I would recommend to consider. It takes more money than you imagine Remember this financial item called jyukenryou (受験料 – exam fee) in your exam portfolio? Basically, the school asks you to pay for looking at your application papers. Well, […]

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Recently I was scouted as a one-day assistant on master’s thesis defence at my university. My job was to guide the master students in and out of the classrooms where their evaluators were waiting for them. Like Vergilius who guided Dante Alighieri through his Divine Comedy. Most of the graduate students in my faculty are foreign students. I took the liberty of talking to them and discussing their dissertations and their career plans. The scientific fields are chosen based on the applicability of their results My argument is solely based on my personal observations, but it seems that there is a trend for choosing a scientific field when it comes […]

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When you speak Japanese with your Japanese friends you can’t avoid this question: “What Japanese do you like most?” or as they say it どんな日本語が一番好きですか I am always at a loss. What do they want me to say? There are different dialects in Japanese language, there are different idioms, different characters, onomatopoeia, polite speech, not very polite speech – it all qualifies as Japanese. So how exactly should I answer this tricky question? I’ve asked my Japanese friends and here is what I found out.  How do I answer the question “what Japanese do you like the most”? a word or phrase with the a pleasant meaning some Japanese cute […]