Minute Differences in Meaning

Do you know the difference between いつ and どんな時?

いつ回復アイテムを使う?- When will you be using the healing item?
どんな時に回復アイテムを使う?- When do you use healing items?

Mind Blown. I did not realise that there was such a fine line of difference. However, now that it has been pointed out to me… そういえばそうだね…

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Tackling the Cold

It’s extremely cold in my house. Whenever I shift from one room to another, I need to endure the cold. It takes forever for my rooms to heat up with this tiny little heater I have. Thus, an idea 閃いた (to flash into one’s mind). I will make my bedroom livable by making it my Study Room, Shamisen Practising Room and probably even my Dining Room at times as well. The three above-mentioned activities were usually done in my living room instead. After this make-over, I only need to heat up my bedroom and just stay in it forever. Yes.

#4 Fukayomi – Cash vs Cashless

The world is slowly making the switch from cash to cashless – more and more people pay with cards these days. Just how much is one able to use their card (or virtual cards in phones) to pay at various locations are shown below,

China 55%
Korea 54%
America 41%
Japan 18%

According to the programme, China thinks that Japan still needs change – old country.
There is also the concern that → Japan needs to go cashless so that foreigners who do not like to use cash will purchase merchandise from Japan. Other people from other parts of the world are going cashless. A huge amount of loss is expected from → Read more

JET Interpretation and Translation Course

I would love to write a detailed post on the JET Programme Interpretation and Translation course, but I am way too behind in my blogging that I will not do so. Instead, I will be placing my 報告書/復命書 that I wrote for my division. I presume that anyone who is interested and wants to take part in the course should be able to read this standard of Japanese.

JETプログラム翻訳・通訳講座の集合研修 報告書
日時:平成29年12月4日(月)~ 12月8日(金)
場所:JIAM 全国市町村国際文化研修所(滋賀県大津市唐崎二丁目13-1)

【12月4日(月)】
■入寮オリエンテーション
・手元の資料の確認
・資料には自分がどのクラスに入ってるかのが書いてある
・今回の研修についての説明
・時間割の確認をした
・緊急連絡先や他のお知らせ
→ Read more

#3 Fukayomi – Malignant Claims

This week’s FUKAYOMI is about 悪質クレーム (malignant claims; which is basically a customer complaining and seeking compensation unreasonably) on front-line staff. Such ‘claims’ are, including, but not limited to, an inappropriate demand of money or items, unreasonable requests, complaints without valid reasons, and continuous complaints.

It is often said that the Customer is God in certain countries and industries.
In Japan, the concept of おもてなし (hospitality) is already very strong, but front-line staff are subjected to → Read more

Mid Year Conference (MYC) Year 1 Day 3

It’s morning! I went down to Lawson again and got myself a rice ball. That should be enough. Then, it’s time to head for the first lecture. I chose to attend the 外国人に関する法律問題 because I have heard great reviews about it. I did not make the wrong choice. It was indeed very informational. The lecturer, who works as a lawyer, gave us a very nicely structured talk on the issues foreigners face. It’s mostly very sad to hear about → Read more