News: Ohno Satoshi’s Arashi Discovery to end on 31st March

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So if you’re an Arashi fan, you may already have heard the news. Ohno’s radio program Arashi Discovery will end at the end of this month. The news was announced by Ohno during the show itself two days ago on the 16th of March. 皆さんへお知らせです3月でモーニングステップスは終了し私は違う番組のDJとして平日夜に移動します。また6時台後半のコーナー「大野智のARASHI DISCOVERY」は3月いっぱいで終了し大野智さんのFヨコでの出演は3月31日(金)をもって最後となります。大野くんホントにありがと — DJ KURIHARA (@djkurihara) March 15, 2017 Here’s a rough translation of the tweet:… Read more »

News: Arashi to release new single “I’ll be there”

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Update: Arsahi has performed the song on FNS music festival that aired on the 22nd of March 2017. You can watch the performance here! Arashi’s 51st single entitled “I’ll be there” will be released on the 19th of April 2017. This will be their first single release of 2017. The title song “I’ll be there” will be the theme song for… Read more »

Vocabs: Jun’s jweb blog Enjoy Vol. 146

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So Jun updated his jweb blog today! Just going to highlight a few kanji from his (short) blog post. 花粉 (かふん, kafun) – pollen Not used in the post… But since Jun was talking about pollen flying all over the place, then it makes sense to introduce the next word: 花粉症 (かふんしょう, kafunshou) – hay fever; pollinosis (allergy to pollen) 歌舞伎座 (かぶきざ,… Read more »

Vocabs: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen with Uchimura Kohei – News Zero 8th Feb 2016

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As usual, I will put up a list of some interesting vocabulary used in the Ichimen segment reviewed. If you are looking for the review, it’s over here. 体操 (たいそう, taisou) – gymnastics; physical exercises; calisthenics In this Ichimen, they are talking about the gymnast, Uchimura Kohei. 鉄棒 (てつぼう, tetsubou) 1. iron rod; iron bar; iron club 2. horizontal bar (gymnastics)… Read more »

Review: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen with Uchimura Kohei – News Zero 8th Feb 2016

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In this instalment of Ichimen, newscaster Sakura Sho interviews the gymnast Uchimura Kohei. With just half a year to go till the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sho interviews Uchimura Kohei, the ‘King of Gymnastics’ who also won gold four years ago at the London Olympics. With an unprecedented 6 consecutive gold medals at the world championships, Uchimura Kohei stands at the… Read more »

Vocabulary: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen – News Zero 18 Jan 2016

Precautions to prevent slips
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Here are some noteworthy vocabulary from the 18th Jan 2016 news zero ichimen segment. You can read a review I did of the segment here. 降雪 (こうせつ, kousetsu) – snowfall; snow 路面 (ろめん, romen) – road surface 数日 (すうじつ, suujitsu) – few days 数日間 (すうじつかん, suujitsukan) – several day period 当日 (とうじつ, toujitsu) – appointed day; very day 翌日 (よくじつ, yokujitsu)… Read more »

Review: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen – News Zero 18 Jan 2016

Places to note for ice
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Today, I’ll do a short review of the 18th Jan 2016 News Zero Ichimen segment. In this Ichimen, they talk about the cold weather in Japan, and precautions to take to stay safe. First, let’s look at the tweet from the Tokyo fire department. The most important point to note is that snow related accidents occurred mostly on the days… Read more »

Review: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen – News Zero 11 Jan 2016

Sakurai Sho newscaster
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Hi! Today I’d like to do a little review of Sho’s Ichimen corner. I’m just catching up to watching their shows from last year, hence the reason why this review is from an episode that aired so long ago… But it’s interesting anyway. For those of you who don’t know, Ichimen (一面) actually means “one aspect” or “one side”. It’s… Read more »

Say What? Snakes and Prawns

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Ebi and Hebi, prawn and snake
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Introducing a new segment on Nihongo Manabu! Say What? aims to discuss words and phrases that are easily confused. In this first post, let’s talk about two fairly similar sounding words, へび (hebi) and えび (ebi). The two words might sound similar, and they do indeed both refer to a type of animal, they couldn’t have more different meanings. While you… Read more »

Hello 2017

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明けましておめでとうございます! Happy new year everyone! Whether 2016 has been exciting or nonchalant, fulfilling or lacking, it’s over and it’s time to look forward to the new year ahead. 2016 has been really eventful for me, and not always in a good way. Hopefully 2017 will be better! Here at Nihongo Manabu, I’ll continue working hard in 2017 to bring you… Read more »