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Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 12, 2011 by mikele

Announced today – the Japanese ministry of tourism is planning to invite 10,000 foreigners to Japan – and pay for your travel.

Applications will be done through the internets and folks will be invited during 2012. Applicants need to submit their travel plans for when they are in Japan and if the government thinks that you truly intend to visit (and not overstay as an illegal immigrant) then they will pay for your return ticket.

The Japanese governments strategy for this plan is that they expect travelers to blog and use social media to spread the word about their experience in Japan which should hopefully lead to more folks visiting Japan.

The amount of foreigners visiting Japan since the earthquake and nuclear accident has decreased a ton – some prefectures like Yamagata have experienced up to 80% drop in overseas visitors.

The Japanese government is spending 1.1 billion yen on this project.

I got the news from here.

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Learning the japanese language

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 25, 2010 by mikele

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I thought it’d be useful to put together a list of useful resources for learning the japanese language. Not that I expect to achieve that goal any time soon! But .. chi ben inizia e’ a meta’ dell’opera !

ONLINE DICTIONARIES:

  • http://jisho.org/: this one is the best! sleek interface, easy to use.
  • Denshi Jisho (meaning “electronic dictionary”) is an online Japanese dictionary that focuses on powerful search features and an easy-to-use interface. The data used by Denshi Jisho comes from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC project and currently holds approximately 110,000 entries of a general character.

  • http://www.gokanji.com/cgi-bin/j-e/inline/dict: the interface is a bit messy, but it does the job
  • This server provides simple access to the English/Japanese Japanese/English dictionary edict (and several other related dictionaries). Searches can be either based upon English, romaji, or raw Japanese. Searches result in the listing of pairs of related Japanese and English. There is also a kanji database server as well, which gives access to kanjidic.

    ONLINE LEARNING GUIDEs:

  • http://www.japanese-online.com/lessons/Mem_JLL.htm: I think this one is quite good for beginners, it presents simple but useful situations and it also has audio recordings of the conversations
  • This content teaches Japanese language and culture through the experiences of an expatriate family newly transferred to Tokyo. Learning is based on serialized lessons showing everyday experiences of a high school senior, Jason Miller, and his parents from Seattle, Washington. As Jason and his parents meet new friends, neighbors, teachers and business associates, more information will be provided to viewers about life, culture and Japanese history.

    BOOKS:

    not much for now..