Body Language clues for Japan

Every culture has its special gestures. Does it mean “no” or “Smelly”? Find out about some common gestures.

The above video was developed by university students in Tokyo as a project for Thundershack Video Productions in December 2012.

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Drinking: National sport of college students?

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[podcast]http://languagejapan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Pod14drinking.mp3[/podcast]

Eitaro, Yutaro, Kazuki let you know how it goes with booze on campus
Eitaro, Yutaro, Kazuki let you know how it goes with booze on campus

Drinking alcohol is not as prevalent in Japan as in the USA, but there are fans. School festivals, parties, and visits to the bars are a small but important part of college life here in Japan.

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Taxes fair in Japan?

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[podcast]http://languagejapan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Pod12taxes.mp3[/podcast]

Seiya, Youhei, Taichi talk taxes
Seiya, Youhei, Taichi talk taxes

Japan has a pretty straightforward taxation system that is undergoing some big changes at present. Listen to 3 university students talk about how taxes here in Japan comapre to Sweden, the US and other countries.

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Beat Takeshi or Takeshi Kitano?

Fourth in our series about Japanese TV and movies, we have a crossover, a comedian that is also a film maker. Knows for his laughs inside Japan, he is better known outside Japan for his movies.

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Hiroaki, Masahige and Hiroki

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Script

John: Hey,it`s been a while Taro.

Taro: Yeah I haven`t seen you for a while John. How`ve you been?

John: Just as usual. I work in the day time and go drinking or watch DVD`s at home at night

Taro: I was into watching [24],that American TV program about terrorism, on DVD recently too.It was exciting just like you said. Let’s go to my place and drink some beer.

John: Have you heard? A japanese movie director won a prize recently.
Continue reading Beat Takeshi or Takeshi Kitano?

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Young People don’t watch TV

Third in our 9-part series on Japanese TV and movies, we talk about how young people in japan are turning away from TV to other kinds of entertainment.

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Manabu, 2 Yoheis, and a Takafumi

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Narrator(N)
Do you watch TV?
In Japan, there are many problems with TV.
For example, one of the biggest TV companies gets into the red.
This is a story about a Japanese TV producer in his home.
(PAUSE)
A man has a problem.
He is a TV producer. Continue reading Young People don’t watch TV

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