Culture

The Kawaii Culture

Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute or adorable. There is a modern culture in Japan, popular among the adolescent girls, to try and make every day to day item look adorable. Items that are colorful, round and small are considered kawaii. One of the arguments put forward for this growing culture is the sense of peace and serenity the objects give. They are not violent or belligerent but rather they offer the owner a sense of security, however false it may be.

Shikow is a student of the law, life and day dreams. A lover of adventure and good times, she takes delight in learning and creating new things. She is a beautiful letdown and painfully uncool.

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Language

To JLPT Or Not to JLPT? Part 2

We’re back to talking about the JLPT, a topic which we left off on the first part of this series, which you can read here. The first part explored some of the shortcomings of the JLPT, and gave reasons why one may not see the JPLT as a relevant qualification. In Part 2, we’ll talk about why you may want to strongly consider taking the JLPT after all. Let’s get right to it! 🙂

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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Language

To JLPT or Not To JLPT? Part 1

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (which Shikow talked about here) is arguably the most famous test of Japanese ability for non-Japanese people. Yet, the decision to take the JLPT is not always straight forward. Let’s talk about why you should take the JLPT… and why perhaps you shouldn’t.

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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