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Kanji Cheat Sheet: For Getting Mail Redelivered in Japan

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The worst part of shopping online or anticipating a package is the wait time. You try to pick the fastest delivery option only to forget the delivery date soon after. As a result, you arrive home with a missed delivery notice placed neatly in your mailbox (ご不在連絡票).

Thankfully, the Japanese postal system is more than efficient and with a few quick steps, you’ll be able to have your package redelivered in no time.

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The dreaded missed delivery notice.
English Japanese Romaji
Missed delivery notice ご不在連絡票 gofuzai renrakuhyou
Missed delivery notice 郵便物等お預かりのお知らせ yūbinbutsutō oazukari no oshirase
Redelivery 不在表 fuzaihyou

Online application for redelivery

The easiest way to have your package redelivered is to use the QR code attached to the notice. Afterward, it’s a matter of clicking on the request a redelivery button on your phone (再配達さいはいたつのお申もうし込こみ), filling in the next box with your postal code (郵便番号), tracking number (追跡番号) which usually has 11 to 13 digits or notice number (お知しらせ番号) which is anywhere between six to eight digits. When you’ve finished click on the next page button (次へ進む).

English Japanese Romaji
Request a redelivery 再配達さいはいたつのお申もうし込こみ saihaitatsu

no omoushikomi

Postal code 郵便番号 yuubinbangou
Tracking number 追跡番号 suisekibangou
Notice number お知しらせ番号 oshirasebangou
Proceed to the next page 次へ進む tsugiesusumu

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119-year-old Japanese high school stops forcing baseball players to shave their heads

“Whether your head is shaved doesn’t matter” says team captain. In American youth athletics, baseball is often seen as a comparatively laid-back sport to play, but that’s not the case at all in Japan. As the first team sport to gain popularity in Japan’s group-oriented society, being part of a baseball team is serious business. […]

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Lifestyle Illness: Finding A Medical Professional In Japan

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No matter how much time you spend pouring over articles and blog posts, or preparing for each and every tiny detail you can imagine, arriving in Japan is a chaotic and unpredictable whirlwind. You can make the proper preparations and set yourself up for success by making sure you have enough of your specific medical supplies to last you for a few months, but to find the right doctor in Japan is a process, and it’s best to leave yourself plenty of time to get it right.

Find a doctor in Japan, before you need one

When I arrived in Tokyo during a particularly humid and heavy August in 2018, my first concern after touching down in Narita international, getting my hands on some water, and keeping my insulin cool in a fridge was finding a doctor. Sadly this need came up much sooner than I had anticipated. My body, raised in and used to a mild West Coast Canadian climate, became violently ill less than 48 hours after starting my new life in Japan’s harshly hot climate.

I was escorted to an international clinic in Setagaya where I was told it was stress-related and given medication for my vomiting. Actually, I was hit with severe dehydration aggravating pre-existing conditions.

my body, raised in and used to a mild West Coast Canadian climate, became violently ill less than 48 hours after starting my new life in Japan’s harshly hot climate

Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend this clinic unless it’s an emergency since they slapped me with a surprise ¥25,000 yen fee for my initial consultation—which was not covered under my National Health Insurance… This is not normal in my experience, but the staff was completely fluent in …continue reading


All About Particles ~Live lesson version~

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Today’s YT Live lesson topic was “All About Particles ~Live lesson version~”.
Particle is one of the most concerned topics amongst Japanese learners.

In this lesson, I introduced several Japanese particles for the beginners.
Let’s check out the particles with the example sentences!

First of all, what are the particles?

  • Japanese particles, joshi or “tenioha”(てにをは)in Japanese
  • Suffixes or short words in Japanese grammar that immediately follow the modified noun, verb, adjective, or sentence.
  • Their grammatical range can indicate various meanings and functions, such as speaker affect and assertiveness.

は: Topic Marker

– pronounces “wa” but written “ha: は”
– interpret “〜は”= “as for~”

  • わたし かずえです。 
    Watashi wa Kazue desu.
    I’m Kazue (As for I, Kazue)

  • さとうさん がくせいです。
    Sato-san wa gakusee desu.
    Sato-san is a student. (As for Sato-san, student.)

  • きょう はれです。
    Kyoo wa hare desu.
    Today is sunny. (As for today, it’s sunny.)

を: Object Marker

– pronounces “o” but written “wo: を”
– this particle を appears just after the objet

  • ステーキ たべます。
    Suteeki o tabemasu.
    I eat stake
  • 日本語 べんきょうします。
    Nihongo o benkyooshimasu.
    I study Japanese.

が (1): “but”

  • ビールは すきです、ワインは きらいです。
    biiru wa suki desu ga, wain wa kirai desu.
    I like beer but I don’t like wine.

が(2): Subject marker

– For certain phrases, ”ga” is used.
– below are the phrases where”ga” is used.

  • 〜が あります
    ~ ga arimasu.
    e.g. hon ga arimasu. (There is a book.) – for inanimate object
  • 〜が います
    ~ ga imasu.
    e.g. otokonoko ga imasu. (There is a boy.) – for animate object.
  • 〜が すきです
    ~ ga suki desu
    e.g. keeki ga suki desu. (I like cake.)
  • 〜がじょうずです
    ~ ga jyoozu desu. 【good at about someone’s (not oneself)】
    e.g. kanojo wa tenisu ga joozu desu. (She is good at tennis.)
  • 〜がとくいです
    ~ ga tokui desu. 【good at about oneself /someone】
    e.g. ryoori ga tokui desu. (I’m good at cooking.)
  • 〜が わかります
    ~ ga wakarimasu.
    e.g. Nihongo ga wakarimasu. (I understand Japanese.)
  • せが たかいです
    Se ga takai desu.
    e.g. Maria-san wa se ga takai desu. (Maria-san is tall. *literal translation: “height is tall”)
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Japanese Decoded: How To Use Taxis

Easy Japanese for Taxis Decoded

Catching a taxi in a city like Tokyo can be intimidating… But fear no more! We gathered some easy Japanese for taxis, keep reading to become a pro, and drive through the city without breaking a sweat.

Getting in your taxi

Let’s start with the obvious: when you hop in a taxi you tell the driver where you would like to go. Luckily, this is very easy Japanese to memorize as it is using one of the simplest structures of the language.

Japanese Rōmaji English
__までお願いします。 __made onegai shimasu. Please take me to __.

Simply add the name of the place you want to go at the beginning of this structure.

If you have trouble passing on the message, use a memo to show the taxi driver where you would like to go. As hotels or places with Western names are pronounced slightly differently in Japanese, it could cause useless confusion. Alternatively, if you prepared your address with a map, a business card or wrote it in Japanese, you can point with your finger and say:

Japanese Rōmaji English
ここまでお願いします。 Koko made onegai shimasu. Please take me there.

Getting off your taxi

It’s here, you can see it, your destination! In order not to miss it, you can tell the taxi driver:

Japanese Rōmaji English
ここでいいです。 Koko de ii desu. Here is fine.
ここで下ろしてください。 Koko de oroshite kudasai. Please let me off here.

Easy Japanese for Taxis Decoded

But don’t forget to pay…

Before getting off your taxi, check the meter next to the driver—he or she will tell you as soon as you stop—to confirm your fare. Here are some useful sentences related to payment:

Japanese Rōmaji English
__円になります。 __en ni narimasu. That will be __ yens.
クレジットカードでお願いします。 Kurejitto kaado de onegai shimasu. By credit card, please.
領収書お願いします。 Ryōshuusho onegaishimasu. Can I have a receipt, please?
ありがとうございます。 Arigatō gozaimasu. Thank you very much.

Easy Japanese for Taxis: Savvy Tips

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