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Audio Blog #68 - Kappa & Tengu

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today Miki is talking about two famous Japanese mythical creatures, kappa and tengu. These creatures have found themselves in several idioms used to describe the human condition. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post!

Audio Blog #67 - The Chinese Zodiac

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! We are about to return to the year of the rat, so today Miki is talking about the jūnishi, the famous Chinese Zodiac. We'll learn one of the famous stories about the origin of the order. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post!
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Audio Blog #66 - End of Oshōgatsu

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! The New Year's holiday will be coming to an end soon, but the Japanese have many New Year traditions that extend well into the middle of the January. Today Miki is going to tell us about nanakusagayu and kagami mochi and o-shiroku, 3 important traditional foods associated with O-shōgatsu. Since everyone loves talking about food, you won't wanna miss this one. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave Miki a post!

Audio Blog #65 - New Year’s Greeting Cards

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Japan has a lot of famous customs. One of the most time consuming customs is writing and sending nengajō (New Year's greeting cards). Some people handwrite hundreds of these cards every year. Of course, these days, a lot of people are taking shortcuts. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave Miki a post!

Audio Blog #64 - Un-Chinese Chinese Hot Buns

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Convenience stores all over Japan keep warm Chinese hot buns called nikuman. There are a variety of flavors out there, many of which have nothing to do with Chinese cuisine. Today Miki is going to talk about some of the delicious choices she sometimes has to make. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave her a post!