March Proverb: 無我夢中

無我夢中(むがむちゅう) It means that one is completely absorbed in something or to lose oneself in something like doing a sport. For an instance: 毎日無我夢中で稽古をする。 I was absorbed completely in training everyday. 通常指熱衷於一件事到忘我的境界。

February Proverb: 全身全霊

全身全霊(ぜんしんぜんれい) It means the whole body and soul. For an instance, 全身全霊をかけて仕事をする。 I have put everything that one has to do the job. 同義詞: 全心全意

Renewing/ Extending Your Japanese Working Holiday Visa

To renew your Japanese working holiday visa (I renewed/ extended mine twice in Okinawa 2014 and 2015 respectively as an Australian.) 1. Ring up or visit the local immigration office in the area you live in to check what documents you need in advance. 2. Prepare and bring all the documents such as residence card,…

January Proverb: 風林火山

風林火山(ふうりんかざん・FuurinKazan) 風=Wind-> swift as wind 林=Forest-> silent as forest 火=Fire-> fierce as fire 山=Mountain-> still as mountain The samurai, Takeda Shingen(武田 信玄), in Sengoku period used the initials of fours phrases from Sun Tzu’s famous book, The Art of War, as the banner in the battlefield. Originally it represent the spirit of the battlefield. Takeda Shingen…

Time Availability

Hi everyone, Just a notice. I will be available on Sunday sessions from 10am to 4pm (Sydney time) from May 2015 for online live teaching apart from the online course and support. Currently, I’m in Japan doing working holiday to advance my Japanese skills in all aspects and provide more content for the blog readers…

January Music Selection

The beginning of the year is a good time to restart or keep things up after refreshing and recharging from the end year holidays. I have picked 3 songs for everyone who are chasing their dreams at the moment. Here we go~  [1] Agnela Aki-手紙~拝啓 十五の君へ~ (Letter ~Greetings to a 15 Year Old~)  [2] Mr.…

Happy New Year + December Proverb

あけましておめでとうございます! Happy New Year! 新年快樂! Another year has passed. Okina has to thank your support this year as well. I need to apologize there was a bit lack of updates in December due to preparation for 2015. Your visits are my motivation to continue. For those who studied hard this year for Japanese, it is greatly appreciated. Please…

How Do You Pronounce 凸凹 in Japanese And What Does It Mean?

凸凹 is pronounced as でこぼこ (dekoboko). They also mean as how they look like. 凸=でこ (deko) meaning ‘bump’. 凹=ぼこ (boko) meaning ‘concavity’. When 凸凹 is used as a noun, it means roughness or unevenness.   P.S. Please see ‘How to Pronunce Basic Japanese Characters ‘ from http://www.okinalearning.com/blog/downloads/

November Proverb: 忍の一字

忍の一字(にんのいちじ/ Nin no Ichiji) It means that you will need to be patient to endure any challenges that may occur to the last minute before you can accomplish anything. 源自呂本中的「官箴」。意思是說要完成任何事都得咬緊牙關面對種種困難和挑戰直到最後一刻!   忍(にん)=endurance and patience 一字(いちじ)=one word

Kansai Trip 2014

Hi guys, Around the end of April, I was travelling in Kansai area before I arrived Okinawa. I would like to share some photos and tips as well. Trip Routes in Kansai Osaka(大阪)-> Shirahama(白浜)-> Toba(鳥羽)& Ise(伊勢)-> Nara(奈良)-> Osaka again. Travel Tips -When at the train station, always ask directly if you can to avoid time loss…