Free Participation in the Events in MISAO 2019

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We held an event on Japnese cultural games in Japanese language.
So in this article, we will report on the state of the event.

Our students tried two different types of games, “Suikawari” and “Daruma san ga koronda (statues)”. The details of the game will be explained below.

“Suika (すいか) wari (割り/わり)”

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“Suikawari” is a watermelon splitting game often enjoyed in summer in Japan.
It’s a game that kids and adults can enjoy, and even play it on the beach when you go swimming to the sea in the summer.
Next, let’s explain the procedure for “Suikawari”.

The purpose of this game

In Suikawari, each participant tries to smash a watermelon open with a wooden stick.

1. Blindfold and spin

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Before trying, each participants blindfolded and spun around about 5 to 10 times.

2. Give instructions

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Other participants yell out instruction to prevent participants from going in the wrong direction and hitting a wall.

3. Crack watermelon

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Participants believe in other participants’ instruction and smash watermelon.

4. Eating watermelon

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After succeeding, chunks of watermelon are shared among participants.

“Daruma(だるま) san(さん) ga(が) koronda(転んだ/ころんだ)”

“Daruma san ga koronda” is one of the popular outdoor games for children. It’s usually played in the park.
First, I will briefly explain about “Daruma”, and next, I will explain the procedure of this game below.

What is “Daruma”?

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This picture is a “Daruma”, which is modeled after Bodhidharma who was a founder of Zen Buddhism.
“Daruma” embodies perseverance and grit. Whenever you face difficulty, stand up and carry on until you achieve your goal.
It is traditionally loved by Japanese as a talisman.

1. Decide a tagger

In this game, a tagger takes command. So firstly, decide a tagger by ‘paper scissors and rocks’.

2. Start the game

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Everyone except a tagger stands at the starting line. They say “Hajime(初め/はじめ) no(の) ippo(一歩/いっぽ)! / Take the first step!” then they take a step forward.
While a tagger says “Daruma san ga koronda”, everyone moves closer to the tagger.
You can move as close to the tagger as you want.
But when the tagger turns around after saying the words, everyone has be skill like a statue.
If you move, the tagger catches you and you have to hold hands with the tagger. Then the game continues.

3. Help your friends

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While the tagger is saying the words, and someone shouts “kitta(切った/きった)! / Cut!” and cuts in between the tagger’s hand and your friends, your friends and you can be free.
And then everyone has to run away from the tagger.
When the tagger says “sutoppu(すとっぷ)! / Stop!”, everyone has to stop immediately.

4. Decide next tagger

The tagger asks the person who helped the other person who was caught “nanho(何歩/なんほ)? / How many steps?”.
If he/she says “juppo(十歩/じゅっぽ) / 10 steps”, the tagger takes 10 steps and touches one person.
The person who was touched is going to be the next tagger.

At the end…

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How was this article? If you join MISAO, you can also learn Japanese through Japanese culture.
All MISAO’s staffs are always waiting for people who wants to learn Japanese language!
Please feel free to contact us through our website!! → https://misao.in/

5 characteristics you need to learn before learning Japanese language


“What characteristics do you need to improve your Japanese ? ”

This question we generally heard from students, what characteristics a person should have for improving their language.
So here are some common characteristics everyone should have, if you want to learn this language.

1. Clear future goals

So first you need to find out your clear future goal. You need to ask the following question from yourself such as… “Why do you want to learn this language?”, “What is your future goal with this language?”, “Why is this language important for you?”, “How will this language help you to grow?”, “Is it your passion?”, “Is it your hobby?” etc.

Once you find your answer, then start working towards your goal, which ultimately and eventually helps you to learn the language. This will help you to grow your interest and you’ll start learning and enjoying your language more faster than others.

2. Be aggressive

So being aggressive doesn’t mean to shout or to talk loudly. Here it means to be aggressive in your learning.
Which means to give your attention towards the language and by going deeply into it start thinking aggressively.
Of course, if you give your 100% to something, you’ll get the result sooner or later. So behave in this manner, and start approaching more positively and passionately towards this language.
If you try to think like a native, if you watch Japanese anime or movies, if you try to go deeper like a native, trust us you’ll learn this language with fun and in less time.

3. Be patient

As you are learning a language, you need to be patient. Don’t just force yourself to start speaking like a proficient in just 6-7 months. You are just a beginner and begin it like that slowly and steadily. Follow your teacher’s instruction, and try to speak step by step. Don’t overthink and don’t just start to carry extreme pressure, by making yourself think, that you can’t speak.
Anyone can speak any language with proper guidance and by giving it some time.
Just focus on your current level and try to speak accordingly.
Eventually you’ll find out that before you get to know, you already have a good grasp in the language.
So trust yourself, and be patient.

4. Be observant

As you are learning a language, observation is something you need to do. If you notice that Whatever our native language is, we have learned it through expression and through observing the other person. So this is what we have to do here. Observe how a native is behaving or how they use their language, try to copy their expressions in various situations, try to copy your teacher in order to learn the language in the right manner.
With learning this language always remember you need to be observant towards people’s messages, their body language and gesture. By doing this you’ll find out that in Japanese culture you are being treated with respect and like one of them.

5. Be respectful

The language you are learning is considered the most respectful language having different levels of respect degrees. Japanese always believe in giving respect to other people and hope to receive the same. If you are learning this language, it is the most important quality, you should opt for.
Suppose, if Mr. A is looking for a Job in Japan having beginner level speaking ability but you are respectful which can be clearly seen in your behaviour, on the other hand there is Mr. B, who is having intermediate level or good grasp on a language more than you but that person is rude and not at all respectful towards others, so what do you think, whom should they select? of course they will select Mr. A.
So this is how Japanese culture works, and this is the most important trait one has to learn.

For Japanese language beginner : difficult points, mistakes and their solutions


In this blog we are going to discuss the problems which Beginners face while learning Japanese language or the mistakes they often make while learning it. Further, we talk about how you can tackle it and make yourself grow in Japanese language.

1. You have no idea, where to start?

This is the first point, where beginners face difficulty. As we all are aware, unlike other languages, Japanese language follows three scripts, for example, “Hiragana”, “Katakana” and “Kanji”.
When you begin learning this language, students get confused about where to start and in case, they don’t get proper guidance. Then they will feel like giving up on Japanese Language.

Mistake

So because a beginner has no idea where to start they often make the mistake while starting learning all the scripts together. Now if you do so you won’t reach anywhere, as “Hiragana” and “Katakana” have the same count of letters (46 syllabus each) with the same pronunciation, having the difference in written part only. If you start learning both together, you’ll get confused, and come up with nothing. Besides this we have one more pictorial script which is “Kanji” (“Hiragana” is derived from “Kanji”) here, so it will even get difficult, if you start learning together.

How to cope up

As you are a beginner, first you need to understand how these three scripts work, their role, where and how to use them and then you should start.
So if we talk about “Hiragana”, “Hiragana” is the first script which is derived in Japan only. This script is used to write the native vocabulary, which means those vocabularies, which originated in Japan itself like Sushi, Tokyo etc.
Our second script is “Katakana”, which is used to write foreign adopted words which means those words which are not originated in Japan but in some other country and we adopted it and used in Japan like any foreign Name, table, ice cream etc.
Our third and final script is “Kanji”. “Kanji” is a pictorial language, where a picture denotes a meaning and it has it’s pronunciation. Now it is very important to know that in ancient times when we didn’t have any language, Japan adopted kanji from China and simplified it into “Hiragana”. That’s why some words of “Hiragana”, which can be written by drawing a pictorial image of it or vice versa. For example, (私ー”Kanji” (The reading of this picture is “watashi”, which you can write in “Hiragana” as well (わーwa, たーta, しーshi).

So in order to learn in a proper way, one should start from “Hiragana” because it’s a Japanese originated script and most of the words in beginner level start with “Hiragana”.
In order to learn it you need to write them on the repetition of 5-10 times (each word), and then switch for the next character.
After learning “Hiragana”, you need to do the practice by trying to read the words mentioned in your vocabulary. If you are able to read and recognize all the words, switch for the next script.
Repeat the same process with “Katakana”, and after learning both scripts, for some days just practice these two scripts only, after doing 5-6 lessons of beginner book (check blog for book details), start learning “Kanji”, starting from 4-5 characters of “Kanji” you should take it further to 9-10 characters.
By following this pattern, you’ll never face the issue in writing and reading.
Remember as this is your first step, so you need to pay full attention and time to learn the characters, only then you can read and write further.

2. Not able to use the grammar in speaking

This is the most common issue one can find in any student. When you start learning Japanese language, under the proper guidance one can easily learn the grammar, can make sentences etc. But the problem came when one is not able to speak while using the learned grammar.

Mistake

The common mistake is that students just memorize the grammar pattern by translating it into English, Hindi or any of their mother tongue. They memorize the sentences which are already in the book and do not try any of their own.

How to cope up

So we need to remember here that learning or reading the book sentences will help us to understand the meaning of the grammar pattern, but won’t be left in our memories long. In order not to forget the pattern and for using it while speaking, one should make at least 4-5 sentences of their own, which should be related to their daily life or which is easy to remember. Once you start making your own sentences, then only you’ll get used to the grammar and it will naturally come out when you talk to any native. So do make your sentences of each grammar pattern you learn.

3. Feeling like giving up

The motive of a student to learn Japanese language could vary depending on the student. Some may have started out of interest, some like Japanese food, their culture, anime, movies, some have just started for the growth in career etc.
So one can say, that if you have interest in something, you can make it last long, but if you are doing something out of pressure or just for getting a hike in your job, without having any interest in the same, you’ll feel like giving up.

Mistake

Now in this situation, what students do is that they think Japanese is difficult and it is not their cup of tea, so they give up and quit it. This is the biggest mistake done by a student as they are not able to understand that the issue is not the capability but it is just because you are losing your interest in the same.

How to cope up

So if you are facing the same situation, and you are thinking of giving up, then just remember why you have started? After that, make up your mood, take a one or two day break from books and try to find your interest in other fields of Japanese. Like if you love to watch anime watch Japanese anime, if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine go and try it, watch cooking videos, if you want to travel then watch travel videos or blogs of Japan, if you love game play Japanese games etc. This will help you to grow your interest in Japan, which will automatically boost you up for Japanese study.
It is not that easy to adopt a completely different language like your mother tongue, so it is important to keep your motive in your mind and go steadily.

4. I can understand but not able to speak

Now this is the problem every student has faced once. As we have discussed learning is not a big deal but using that learning material into your actual life is a task. In this situation, you are able to understand Japanese pretty well, but not able to speak, and you start losing your motivation. It makes you think that even after learning years or completing the advanced level or even speaking course “why can’t I speak?”, “Is it my problem?” or “Is it an institute?”. In most cases students think that they choose the wrong place and wrong course, which might be true in some cases, but not every time and with every place.

Mistake

In this situation, students start changing from place to place seeking the answer of their query and think that when they find the right place, they’ll be able to speak. They spend a lot of money and even after doing so, the result is negative. They found themselves in the same place as before. There is no change like before and the words are still not coming out in front of the native.

How to cope up

So first you need to understand “What is the problem?”.
If you have studied well, you are scoring good, and you are giving your best but the problem is only speaking, so it is just lack of practice and hesitation or nervousness.
Actually when you start learning, we have different types of students, students who grasp well and start speaking since starting on the other hand students who are listening, understanding but not speaking, because they are shy or feel nervous in front of others. This is the part you need to change.
In foreign language, the teacher starts teaching some simple Japanese words or letters from your very first day, and asks you to use Japanese words instead of English, Hindi etc. Students take it very easy, and do not use those words on a day to day basis, which stops the words coming out naturally in front of native. If you are used to the common phrases, it will come out naturally, and will boost your confidence to speak more like your native language.

So always remember, even if you have just learned 3-4 grammar patterns or some vocabulary, try to practice the same phrase while repeating the sentence at home alone. For this you don’t need any native, just stand in front of the mirror, speak by concentrating on your expression or how your teacher taught you. The very next day when the question is asked, answer it confidently in front of your classmates and you’ll notice that you gain confidence.

Conclusion

There might be some hurdles which always come in your path, but do “remember” if you want to do good in the language and want to make your career in it, you need to give your best.
Concentrate on your speaking from the very first day, else you’ll be always a step behind from others.
Japanese is a very beautiful language and you’ll definitely fall in love with it as soon as you start. Not only the language, even Japan has a lot to explore starting from their beautiful culture to cuisine. Japanese language will bridge the gap and will help you to enjoy this beauty while growing high in future.

How and where to learn Japanese? Why “MISAO”?

Before giving you the answer of “Why should you choose MISAO?” and “How and where to learn Japanese”, we need to focus on some common questions, which make you understand the answer even better.

Is Japanese difficult?

The most frequently asked question is “Is Japanese difficult”?
So when you search on google about Japanese language, what you find is that Japanese is the second toughest language among all, and students give up just by reading this.
Not only Japanese language, if you go for any other new language, you’ll find it difficult to speak as it is not your mother tongue.
So as you can see, we have mentioned “to speak”, because even if you learn the language, without good speaking, there is no further scope.
Similarly if we talk about Japanese Language, learning is not difficult, what makes it difficult is lack of practice in speaking. Even after studying hours, if you don’t practice speaking step by step, then surely in the future you must have thought of giving up. But there is a big but, if you go step by step, by following your teacher’s guidance, you’ll definitely get a good grasp on the language.
This language has a great potential and an excellent career scope (you can check in our career blog of MISAO), which makes this language different from others.
By following the correct study material, joining the right place and giving some of your efforts can not only make you learn this language fast but also will help you to grow in future as well.

JLPT scoring structure

JLPT focuses on “reading”, “listening”, “vocabulary” and “grammar”. Though speaking is the main part, but in exams there are only these 3 sections. In order to Pass the exam, you need to get passing marks in all three sections.
You can check the scoring structure in detail on the mentioned official site of JLPT.→https://www.jlpt.jp/e/guideline/results.html

How and where to learn Japanese language?

Now after you choose this language as your career, the second question which arises in your mind, “Is that from where you can learn it?”.
So we have a lot of options, as there are so many universities and private institutions like us which are providing this course. Of course, any university or institute will definitely try to give their best still there are so many factors to consider, so choose your one wisely. By giving a check on the particular institutes website, their reviews, their existence on social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn etc, can help you with it.
As there are some institutes which just exist in order to make money without concentrating or focusing on your student’s growth. Learning is not just to go to an institute, open books and finish.
It should be like discussing their culture, having continuous events, getting the right advice for your future and so on.

Why MISAO?

“MISAO JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE” not just chooses the right material for you, but we even guide you towards the right path for the future. Our material and study content is properly studied by native, and we keep trying to provide the best method of Japanese learning.
Here are some details of our teaching pattern which will help you to know us better.

1. Follows punctuality

So this is the basic and most important etiquette to follow. A student can only be punctual if a teacher follows it. So we focus that our teacher will always be punctual and won’t compromise with your precious time.

2. Continue follow up for homeworks

Our teacher just not only gives the necessary h.w for your practice, but also continues the follow up on each and every student in order to focus on their performance.

3. Deep analysis by keeping the record

Our teachers keep the record for each and everything. Starting from the students attendance, their performance, their leaves, their test records, their exams records etc. And after analysing the performance, they will guide you for your best, for example, if you are going down, how to cope up to get back to the normal one or if you are going good, then how to maintain it etc.

4. Continue Test

In order to check the students’ performance, there are continuous tests for each section. We have divided our structure into 4 small semesters and one MISAO certification test (including everyday small tests, class discussion etc). These tests will help us to analyze students’ performance and will help students to get the confidence on every part they are learning.

5. Cultural Events


This is a very important point to consider. As learning is not just reading books, doing homework etc. One should involve and understand the culture as well, which not only helps you to know the language better, even help you to learn their culture and get used to it.
In order to know us more you can check our Facebook page or our homepage where you can find some collection of our events organised in MISAO.

6. Providing you the right material at right time

MISAO just does not focus on bookish knowledge. We try to provide you different materials on different levels, like our teachers provide interesting reading sections from basic to advance, if you reach to advance level, they help you to read some news stuff, shows you the videos of conversations (helps you to know better about language and their people), gives you the knowledge of writing resumes, Japanese letters, let you know interesting facts of Japan etc.

7. Friendly Environment


An institute environment should be friendly enough, so that students won’t hesitate to ask their queries. MISAO follows this concept fully and the teacher gives their time to each and every student by making them understand. We always try to maintain an environment where students can enjoy their study while growing.

How to learn Japanese language in MISAO?

Regarding “studying from institute”, we have already talked about much, “How you can choose the right institute” and “How Misao works?” etc. Still remember that the teaching patterns, materials etc, may vary depending on institutes.

Now we talk about “How to do self study”.
There could be many ways to self study, but we would be glad to let you know that we even provide online lessons (https://misao.co/) (JLPT N5 and JLPT N4). By learning these two levels which are the base of the next levels you can go for next levels online or offline.
We provide you the material, which you can download and then start studying. You can study anytime anywhere on your favorable time and after buying the lessons you’ll get one year membership to cover the course at your pace. Our online lessons are recorded lessons and provide the curriculum which covers the JLPT in minimum time.
But if you want to concentrate on just self study you can follow the “MINNA NO NIHONGO” book for basics (N5 – N4) and “kanzen master” or “sou matome” for advance (N3 – N1).
“MINNA NO NIHONGO” has different types of book editions starting from the English translation, Japanese edition and practice books. These books are perfect for designed in such a way to cover all your vocabulary, grammar, reading, conversation and listening, or bridging the gap of next levels. And then, “kanzen master” and “sou matome” are perfect for advanced levels, focuses on JLPT and gives you the deep knowledge of each level.

Conclusion

Whether it’s online or offline, anyone can study this language with focus and by giving their some time. Try to make yourself indulge into it by watching Japanese related things, which will develop your interest more in it such as drama, anime, movies, cooking show etc.

Japanese Word List for Business

In this article, it is a word often used in Japanese business. Be sure to remember if you have N3 level or higher. It is also a must-see for those who are planning to work or have already worked for Japanese companies.

Japanese Word List For Business

Kanji Hiragana Pronunciation English
働く はたらく hataraku work
通勤 つうきん tsukin Commuting
サラリーマン さらりーまん salari-man employee
会社 かいしゃ kaisha Company
会社員 かいしゃいん kaisha in Office Worker
株式会社 かぶしきがいしゃ kabu shiki gaisha Public Company
有限会社 ゆうげんがいしゃ yuugen gaisha Limited Company
派遣会社 はけんがいしゃ haken gaisha Temporary Worker Agency
派遣社員 はけんしゃいん haken shain Temporary Worker
企業 きぎょう kigyo Company
大企業 だいきぎょう dai kigyou Established Company
中小企業 ちゅうしょうきぎょう chusyo kigyou Small to Medium Company
事業 じぎょう jigyo Business
個人事業 こじんじぎょう kojin jigyou Freelancer
営業部 えいぎょうぶ eigyou bu Sales Department
開発部 かいはつぶ kaihatsu bu Development Department
人事部 じんじぶ jinji bu Human Resources Department
総務部 そうむぶ soumu bu General Affairs Department
事務所 じむしょ jimu sho Office
事務員 じむいん jimu in Office Clerk
社長 しゃちょう sha chou Company President
副社長 ふくしゃちょう fuku sha chou Vice President
取締役 とりしまりやく tori shimari yaku Company Director
総支配人 そうしはいにん sou shihai nin General Manager
部長 ぶちょう bu chou Department Manager
課長 かちょう ka chou Section Manager
係長 かかりちょう kakari chou Group Leader
専務 せんむ senmu Executive Director
従業員 じゅうぎょういん jyugyou in employee
上司 じょうし joushi Boss
部下 ぶか buka Subordinate
同僚 どうりょう douryou colleague
取引先 とりひきさき torihiki saki Client
お客様 おきゃくさま okyaku sama Customer
残業 ざんぎょう zan gyou Overtime Work
出張 しゅっちょう shucchou Business Trip
欠勤 けっきん kekkin Absence from Work
欠勤届 けっきんとどけ kekkin todoke Report of Absence
有給休暇 ゆうきゅうきゅうか yuukyuu kyuuka Paid Leave
給料 きゅうりょう kyuuryou Salary
福利厚生 ふくりこうせい fukuri kousei Employee Benefits
会議 かいぎ kaigi Meeting
会議室 かいぎしつ kaigi shitsu Meeting Room
書類 しょるい shorui Document
企画書 きかくしょ kikaku sho Project Proposal
名刺 めいし meishi Business Card
判子 はんこ hanko Personal Seal
印鑑 いんかん inkan Personal Seal

Type of jobs and benefits to work in a Japanese company in India

As we all are aware that the exchange between India and Japan has started since the 6th century when we introduced Buddhism to Japan. Since then both of our countries have tied together and are trying to continue healthy and long lasting good relations with each other.

If you talk about recent relations, the frequent visits of India’s prime minister “Mr. Narendra Modi” and Japan’s Prime Minister “Mr. Shinzo Abe” made it clear that both countries are still focusing on their future prospects.
Both of the prime ministers discussed setting a common goal by doubling the Japanese companies in India and supporting each other economically and politically. We also have an upcoming Shinkansen project which was decided in 2015 during the visit of “Mr. Shinzo Abe” in India.

Now we all know that Japan is known for having a good grasp in the field of Electronics, Automobile, Anime, IT etc. And we have many Famous Japanese brands operating in India, which can boost your value if you work in it.
So Now let’s have a look on what type of jobs you can find in India. Their benefits, salaries and required level for same.

1. Interpretation and translation

Overview

This is the very common and most Famous career option if you want to go to a Japanese company. We have a lot of Japanese companies in India, belonging to various fields such as IT, automobile, travel and tourism etc. So after learning Japanese language and having a good grasp on it, one can choose this profession which has a great future outlook.
First you need to know the difference between both. So translation is when you translate from English to Japanese or vice versa on paper or documents. On the other hand interpretation means when you translate two person conversations live by being the mediator for both different speakers.
For this you must understand both the languages the speaker’s are using, for example, Japanese to english or vice versa. Generally, if you go for this profile, a company hires you for both types of translation.

Benefits

If you choose this profession, it involves public dealing, meeting with new people on a daily basis, could include the travel in various countries including Japan, which will not only enhance your Resume history, also gives you the confidence to deal with various different people by focusing on your growth as well. By starting this profession, not only you’ll improve your Japanese but you’ll improve your future as well. As this profession comes with a grade salary package.

Salary

So here we can’t comment on how much you’ll get, as it totally depends on your skills. The more good your speaking and skills will be, the more you’ll earn. But if we talk about the starting for freshers in this field, it could be from Rs.30,000 and by adding up the experience it can go limitless.

Required level

As this profession demands to translate official documents and interpret meetings, one should have good advance knowledge in Japanese.
【Level】- JLPT N2, N1 / JLPT N3 (With experience)
If you are hired as a trainee on low pay scale so one should have the below one.
【Level】- N3 (No experience required)

2. Japanese Teacher

Overview

Now this is the second option, if you are looking for a career in Japanese Language.
This is the never ending career, as we all know that for working with a Japanese Company you must know Japanese Language and for that you need to learn it, so yes this is the career, which not only will help you to go deep into the roots of Japanese language, but also gives you the respect and a good career growth. If you become a teacher, you have to study harder than anyone and you should have deep knowledge of the particular language, in order to provide for the students.
Today many companies, which is like Canon, Toyota, Hitachi, Nissan, Toshiba, Honda and so on, are looking for a teacher in order to train their employees and make them understand the Japanese Business culture. If you are good, they generally tie up till the future with the same person as they need someone who can give them the right and required knowledge of the language.

Benefits

This profession gives you the long lasting benefits, as you have the huge knowledge of the language, so you can switch anytime in any other field. If you are a teacher only, you’ll always learn and grow and at the same time provide that knowledge to your students, which makes you so valuable. As we mentioned today many colleges, universities and companies look for the right knowledgeable person, which can make their institute or organisation proud.

Salary

So Salary is a little concern in teaching field, though you can earn good if you are knowledgeable but not every teacher earns that well. There is a limit for teacher’s salaries and mostly teachers are hired part time which will not cost a company or an institute much. Your salary also depends, how educated or good you are in your language, how is your public appearance, students reviews, their results etc. So there are many factors which can influence your salary.
Salary can be from Rs.30,000 but it totally depends on the scale of your company or institute. If you are hired as a trainee, so there might be chances that you get less or nothing as you are still learning.

Required level

As this profession demands deep knowledge, understanding, students dealing, and a big responsibility, so one should only go for this after having correct and deep knowledge in the particular language. As this profession requires never ending studies, so one should be hardworking, to be interested in studies and open to learn new things.
【Level】- JLPT N2, N1 (Requires good speaking and deep knowledge)

3. Travel and tourism

Overview

If you are someone who loves travelling so this is the right profession for you. This profession can be done as a freelancer as well as on a permanent basis.
You can work for a company as well as can go for solo work as well. This profession mainly includes the guiding work, where you need to go with the native and guide the location in Japanese language. You can tour a group who visited for travel or came for research etc. As this work is all about speaking, one should be good in Japanese speaking to make the native understand it well.

Benefits

This type of job will always benefit you as you meet different types of people. The same like other languages, depending on person to person the way of talking could be different like some use a high tone, some speak fast, some speak slow etc. By meeting with different types of people you’ll be able to grasp good and natural Japanese skills and better understanding of the language, which will help you to attain a good position in future.

Salary

A guide salary could start from Rs.30,000 and will depend on your skills. The transportation and travel in a different country or city, hotel and food expenses will reimburse as well.

Required level

As this profession demands to talk fluently while guiding, one should have good speaking in Japanese. JLPT N3 can also be fine, if you are good at speaking. Or even if you have just JLPT N4, but you have lived in Japan and can speak good Japanese, then also you can apply here.
【Level】- JLPT N4 – N1 (Requires good speaking)

4. Work in a Japanese MNC (Multinational Corporation)

Overview

As we have discussed, we have many Japanese brands which are operating in India, and giving us support in employment. So if you go for MNC, we have a lot of profiles to discuss, because in MNC there are lots of positions to work for, and an employer needs a person who can speak Japanese from basic, intermediate or advanced. They have different jobs for different level speakers, so one can expect to get a job even if they are not at advance level. We have profiles starting from Admin to HR to Sales department and so on.

Benefits

Working in MNC gives you a lot of benefits such as Pf, tax benefit on your salaries, a good atmosphere, a better exposure and a very good growth. A good MNC generally cares a lot for their employees and tries to provide them as much as they can. Mostly MNC includes facilities like gym, frequent events, paid leaves, other fun training, free of cost travel, parties etc. All these things not only gives you a good exposure of life, but motivates you in your work as well.

Salary

When it comes to salary, of course the MNC mostly value their employees and if they find the right candidate, they do not hesitate to pay what you deserve. They require an employee who is confident, can deal publicly and is not shy. So for applying in MNC, you need to be confident and good in your particular language.
The salary starting can vary, depends on your job profile but not less than Rs.30,000 and goes limitless depending on your profile.

Required level

As we have mentioned that there are different level profiles in MNC, so your level totally depends on which profile you are applying. If it is just requires some very basic knowledge (JLPT N5) sounds perfect, if it is basic speaking on day to day basis (JLPT N4) sounds perfect and if it is for as a translator, interpreter or any other big profile where you need to use advance speaking so it should be from (JLPT N3 – JLPT N1)
【Level】- JLPT N5 – N1 (Depends on what your profile demands)

Conclusion

The mentioned professions are just the highlighted and the most common and famous professions in Japanese fields, but except these there are more profiles like in sales department, accounts, restaurant, aviation sector, BPO etc.
So one can say that we have a huge market of Japanese in India, with a great future aspect, so if you are thinking that do we find a job or not so don’t worry, as the opportunities are just going to increase from now on.
Don’t hesitate to go for a Japanese company, as it will teach us a lot, starting from their beautiful culture to their dedicated hard working business environment.

Japanese products in Indian Lifestyle

Recently, the relationship between Japan and India has been strongly linked to both politics and economy. Our lives are surrounded by Japanese products. Today I would like to introduce some of them.

Japanese companies that have influenced our lives!

Japan is one of the most prosperous countries in the world. It has the third highest GDP (Gross Domestic Product), (a measure of the total amount of money generated in the economy), and fourth highest nominal PPP (Purchasing Power Parity, a measure of the disposable income of each of its citizens. No doubt, this has something to do with the fact that japan is home to many successful companies that enjoy a global presence and have made products that have been parts of the lives of people around the world. So without further ado, here’s a list of some of the most influential Japanese companies.

Sony

Sony’s greatest success is the PlayStation 2, the best selling game console of all time. With more than 3874 titles that have sold over 1.5 billion copies, many of us have fond memories of “wasting” hours together in front of our PlayStation 2 with our friends. Another notable Sony product was the Walkman line of portable cassette players which were the iPod of its time. Today Sony has diversified into many businesses. This includes cameras, speakers, the Bravia line of TVs, the Xperia line of smartphones and the VAIO line of laptops (now sold to Lenovo). Interestingly, Sony is also the company that has the television broadcasting rights to the widely popular Indian Premier League.

Nintendo

Sony might have the credit of producing the best-selling gaming console, but Nintendo was the one that started it all with its Hit franchise Mario, a franchise that still remains the best-selling gaming franchise of all time, with 210 million units of the overall series of games sold. Nintendo is one of the largest companies in the world by market capitalization. Another major Nintendo franchise I’m sure you’re familiar with, has seen something of a revival in recent years. Yes, I’m talking of course, about Pokémon GO. Pokémon is the second best-selling gaming franchise, (after the aforementioned Mario), and the highest grossing media franchise of all time. Many of its characters including Pikachu have become pop culture icons, and Pokémon enjoys a global fan following. Needless to say, a detailed analysis of Pokémon and its influence would require an article all of its own so I’ll leave it here for now.

Toyota

Toyota is one of the largest listed companies in Japan by market capitalization and revenue. Its hybrid vehicle model called “Prius” has sold well around the world and shown people and auto manufacturers alike that there exists a market for hybrid mass manufactured cars. Known the world over for pioneering innovative quality management systems as well as supply chain engineering methods by adopting a number of management and engineering techniques collectively known as “The Toyota Way”. Toyota remains a popular choice among Indians and international consumers alike, looking for reasonably priced high quality cars.

Famous Japanese Anime that we all watched as kids!

Dragonball

The Dragonball anime series is the anime adaptation of the manga written by Akira Toriyama. It follows the adventures of Goku an extraterrestrial alien from a race of warriors called Saiyans. He was sent to earth as a child to conquer the planet, but a bump on his head as a child, caused him to forget his mission and instead he grew up to become a hero, saving the earth many times from evil, Including but not limited to an attack from his own brother at the cost of his own life, one from his two fellow Saiyans, one from a genetically engineered warrior, and one from a magical demon created by an evil wizard.

The franchise is broken up into four series Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT , and Dragonball Super. With the introduction of Dragonball Super, Dragonball GT is now considered non canon. Its status was always questioned anyway since Akira Toriyama never wrote it directly.

The series runtime spans two decades and has enjoys a large fan following both in japan and abroad due to its character design, character development, fight scenes and plot, and is a personal favorite. I highly recommend watching it, but with a little patience, as there is a lot of build up between fights, and a lot of screaming, crucial aspects of the series that have been widely parodied. It has nonetheless managed to inspire many manga and anime that came after and has had a great influence on pop culture.

Naruto

Naruto, is the anime adaptation of the Manga of the same name by Masahashi Kishimoto. Naruto takes place in a world of ninjas that is divided into a handful of warring nations, each governed by a ninja village. Naruto follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki a mischievous but pure hearted orphan boy living in the village of Konoha.

His purpose in life is to be the greatest ninja in the world and leader of his village. He was bullied and tormented by the villagers all his life because the villagers were afraid of him due to the fact that a terrible demon was sealed inside his body by a former village leader to save the village. Strangely instead of hating them for it, he decided to become the greatest ninja ever to win everyone’s love and admiration.

The series follows his adventures and his transformation from a novice to a legendary ninja, as he battles the many opponents who threaten the village and seek to extract the power of the beast sealed within him to become powerful enough to take over the world.
The tone of this series at times can be far more serious than either Dragonball or Pokemon and has some pretty dark moments. Themes include death, revenge, extensive body modification, cloning, and personal loss and grief. I recommend it highly simply because the world of naruto is crafted with a rich lore and attention to detail.

Pokemon

Arguable one of the most famous things to ever come out of japan, Pokemon is an anime based on the bestselling video game franchise created by Nintendo second only to the Mario franchise in terms of sales. The name is a contraction of “Pocket Monsters”.

The pokemon world is populated by creatures called pokemon that exist alongside humans who capture, train and battle these pokemon against each other. The series follows the adventures of Ash ketchum, a trainer from pallet town who wants to become a pokemon master. He battles against powerful trainers called gym leaders who if defeated, give him a badge. Collecting 8 such badges will allow him to participate in a grand tournament, the winner of which will be widely considered as one of the most powerful trainers in the region.

Along the way, he battles various criminal organisations who wish to steal pokemon for their own devices, and unlocks the hidden mysteries of the pokemon world. The story and characters of the anime loosely follow the plot and characters in the games, and as such the series can get very repetitive. Overall I’d say the series is more suited to an audience of children rather than young adults. Also worth noting is the fact that this anime gained notoriety worldwide for a particular episode that induced seizures in many children, so maybe try and avoid that particular episode if you do decide to give this anime a watch.

Favourite places to visit in Japan

Here are some places where students learning Japanese should definitely visit.Please try to be interested not only in Japanese but also in Japan.

Kyoto – the old capital of Japan

Kyoto is one of the most famous destinations when coming to Japan because there are many places to see in Kyoto .Kyoto is located in the central part of the island of Honshu .Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 8th century .There are so many temples and shrines in Kyoto which are famous all over the world. Kyoto is also named as thousand year capital .For first time visitors some recommendations are: Kiyomizu-dera , Arashiyama ,and Gion. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most famous area to visit but it is so crowded area so it is difficult to even get around.The festivals of Kyoto are not only famous in Japan but also famous all over the world. Kyoto is full of cultures, artistics and events related to nature. In Kyoto there are so many parks ,gardens, churches, Museums and temples.

some places to visit in Kyoto are

-Amanohashidate Station
-Chionji temple
-Kasamatsu Park
-Motoise kono Shrine
-Chirimendoya
-Cable car and chair lift at Fuchu Station.

Tokyo- the capital of japan

Tokyo which is capital of japan is the original megacity of Japan and dynamic metropolis of 32.5 million people well over 50 percent more massive than world’s next largest metropolitan areas. Tokyo’s ranking as the world’s number one city goes well beyond the sheer scale of its population.Tokyo’s famously bustling Tsukiji market plays fishmonger to the world as the largest wholesale fish.Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan.

Tokyo has been described as one of the three “command centers” for the world economy, along with New York city and London. In 2012 Tokyo was named most expensive city for expatriates. Tokyo is very clean and friendly for Tourists.More interesting fact about Tokyo is as a culture , lifestyle than Landscapes.

Food is also great in Tokyo. people are so friendly and kind.So many attractions for visitors.Today Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of Shopping, entertainment,culture and dining to the visitors. Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

some places to visit in Tokyo are

-Asakusa
– Tokyo Sky-tree
-Tokyo tower
-Tsukiji
-Shibuya crossing
-Sensoji temple
– Yasukuni shrine

Hokkaido- most beautiful and breathtaking place

Japan is an archipelago with a variety of tourist destinations that can be visited.One of the destination attraction in Hokkaido.

Hokkaido is the northern part of Japan which is superpopular with japanese. Hokkaido is wonderful place to visit in Japan. Hokkaido is sometimes famous for its volcanoes and hot springs. Hokkaido is amazingly picturesque and if anyone visit this place that person forgets memories etched in mind.This city is also famous for having a road trip on.It is the perfect place to grow flowers.

Despite its weather being harsh in winter ,decorated with snowfall, covered with sub-zero temperature.Hokkaido is place blessed with uncorrupted nature and door lovers. Hokkaido is magical wonderland of snow.

Hokkaido is the largest northernmost island . Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall , below zero temperatures and frozen seas while in summer it does not get so much hot as compared to other parts of country. The scenery is beautiful and one can visit the observation there.

Some places to visit in Hokkiado are

-Shiretoko National Park
-Otalu canal
-Hakodate city
-Akan-lake
-Asahikawa
-Sapporo city
-Furano town

JLPT(Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) in India

What’s JLPT?

JLPT is a Japanese language proficiency test, which measures the proficiency of Japanese learners whose native language is not Japanese. The test is conducted worldwide and is necessary for those who want to move to Japan or want to work in a Japanese company.
This test is for non native speakers and covers language ability, which includes, speaking, reading, writing and listening. This test is held twice in a year (which is in July and December).
JLPT has five levels to measure the ability of Non native speakers i.e from (N5 – N1). The details of each level is next chapter.
【JLPT web site】→https://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html

JLPT levels and study plan

1. N5 (Basic course)

N5 is the most basic level in Japanese language and is the beginning of your Japanese course. In this level we learn the connectors, basic grammar patterns, basic vocabulary, some easy kanji and basic conversation. As this is the base of next levels so it is important to complete this level without compromising it.
After learning this level, one will be able to understand and speak basic phrases.

Study plan

Learning hours – 150
Kanji – 100 approximately
Vocabulary – 800 words
Useful books – みんなの日本語(MINNA NO NIHONGO)(part – 1)
grammar patterns, reading and listening

2. N4 (Intermediate course)

N4 is the next level of N5 and we can totally say that these both levels are necessary to complete your basic intermediate level. N4 is the intermediate level and covers all the necessary grammar patterns, forms and vocabulary which are needed to speak on a daily basis.
After completing this level, you’ll be able to understand most of the Japanese conversation and even be able to speak.

Study plan

Learning hours – 300 hours approximately
Kanji – 300 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 1500 words approximately
Useful books – みんなの日本語(MINNA NO NIHONGO)(part- 2)
grammar patterns, reading and listening

3. N3 (Pre-advanced course)

N3 is the level where you start focusing more on reading and comprehension. This is your advance level and at this level we start learning more of practical Japanese and those words and grammar which are necessary to read or understand the practical Japanese language. The main purpose of this level is to bridge a gap for the next level which is N2, which focuses more on writing than speaking.
After completing this level, one can start applying for jobs. So one should focus on this level if they want to start working.

Study plan

Learning hours – 450 hours approximately
Kanji – 600 approximately (including till N4)
Vocabulary – 3700 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

4. N2 (Advanced course)

N2 is the advance plus level, and gives you the most of grammar, vocabulary and kanji, which are necessary to understand written and spoken Japanese. This level focuses on more natural Japanese than bookish Japanese. The content we learn in this level is mainly can be seen in news, books and official ground.
After completing this level, you should be able to understand most of the native material, novels, common advertisements and notices etc. You should be able to write letters and should be able to express your thoughts and words in Japanese easily.
This level holds great respect and after completing this level, you can get good jobs in India as well as in Japan.

Study plan

Learning hours – 600 hours approximately
Kanji – 1200 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 6500 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

5. N1 (highest level)

N1 is the king of all. Of course this is the last level and in order to pass this level one needs to know how to deal with a native on a day to day basis, which means one should be able to read, write and speak nearly to a native. This level comes with a lot of reading and listening which help you to come even closer to Japanese language. For clearing this level one should start to watch anime’s, Japanese movies and dramas or read newspaper, books and novels. Do as much listening as you can and try to communicate on a daily basis in Japanese language.
Most students complete this level while working after N2, as this level requires practical Japanese.

Study plan

Learning hours – 900 hours approximately
Kanji – 2000 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 10000 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

JLPT history in India

The earliest Japanese language course in India was established by the Ministry of Defence which started offering the course with their affiliated foreign language school located in Lodhi road during the period of 1954 in New Delhi.

Then the first university in india which is Vishwa-Bharti established a Japanese department in 1954 in India. And then further somewhere in 1958, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, JN Academy and new Delhi also started the Japanese Language courses. Moreover in 1969, the University of Delhi established their Japan studies center and then by following it the university of Pune established in 1977.
A very known and popular university which is New Delhi’s Jawaharlal University began Japanese language in 1982.

After this for the growth of Japanese Language and promoting it on a large scale, the Japanese government started the Japan Foundation organization in 1993 in New Delhi and started promoting the Japanese culture, to make everyone aware about the benefits of Japanese language and so on.

How to apply for JLPT

This is the biggest concern for every Japanese learner, how they can apply for JLPT. So for applying for JLPT, one needs to visit their particular city’s local test institutions near your city. In case of any query of doubt regarding the same, one can go on the following link and can contact directly to the incharge person.
【Applying page of JLPT】→https://www.jlpt.jp/e/application/overseas_list.html

Cities where you can find the JLPT test center

Today JLPT is actively used in every corner of the world and students can take the JLPT test in below mentioned cities once or twice a year as per their choice and pace of study.

・Delhi
・Mumbai
・Chennai
・Bangalore
・Pune
・Kolkata
・Santiniketan
・Karur

How can I pay?

You can pay it online as the applicant needs to apply online for the JLPT test. after filling all of your required information, you’ll be asked for the payment gateway, where you can pay by selecting your payment mode.

How much does it cost?

Registration fees can cost you between (Rs.1000 ~ Rs.1600) per candidate depending on your level.

What’s the benefit of JLPT in India?

1. Great career scope

As we all are aware that Japan and India have a great relation and whenever we need each other, we do not hesitate to hold each other’s hand.
India has very big brands in Japan such as Sony, Honda, Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba, Casio, Canon, Pioneer, Nikon, Fujitsu, Suzuki, Toyota, Mitsubishi etc.
So being able to deal with their clients while understanding their needs, Japanese need potential Japanese speakers who can write, speak and understand well.
We have a huge market, which requires the Japanese translator, interpreter, trainer etc.
You can search on google and can find that today we have so many companies in India which are looking for “ Japanese Specialists ”. Japanese value your work, and will get a beautiful environment to work in, which helps you for your growth as well.

2. Helpful to study or work in Japan

If you want to go for study or want to work in Japan, you are required to learn Japanese.
As we have already discussed that India – Japan shares a special bond, and we are even planning to make it stronger further, so studying or working in Japan can be a great asset which will help you in your career and in a good employability.
Without speaking, if you plan to go to Japan, it will not only be inconvenient for you but you’ll also miss the true pleasure of Japan.

3. Low competition and better pay

So not so many pick this language, as this language is considered the 2nd most toughest language worldwide. Even if you pick it and leave it in the middle, you won’t be able to speak or understand properly. So this language has low competition and of course if you speak fluently and have a great knowledge of Japanese, you’ll be able to get a good job in India as well as worldwide. This language gives you less competition, better pay and more work with a good future prospect.

How many students have appeared for JLPT in india?

Till 2018 the number of students who have appeared for JLPT had exceeded 1 million. This test has become the most popular and widespread test worldwide.

Do JLPT certificates expire?

JLPT certificates do not expire and are valid over time. One can apply for a job anytime on the basis of the level they are holding.