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Welcome To Nihongo Master Podcast!

In this episode, Azra welcomes you to the Nihongo Master podcast! Nihongo Master is a Japanese e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.

S1E1: The 3 Essential Japanese Phrases

Azra teaches keystone pieces of survival Japanese, which will help you navigate the complexities of everyday life.

S1E2: Celebrating 4 Significant Japanese Festivals

Azra talks about Japanese “matsuri” (祭) or festivals! Whether it’s dancing celebrations or times of paying somber respects, there are many festivals year-round that shape the Japanese tradition.

S1E3: Language, Connection, and Culture with Taylor Dondich

Azra interviews Taylor Dondich! Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Nihongo Master. He founded Nihongo Master in late 2011 after taking a trip to Japan.

S1E4: Fantastic Beasts (Japanese Mystical Animals)

We talk about the mystical animals of Japan!

S1E5: Island Life in Japan

We cover three different categories of islands: famous main islands, quirky tourist islands and some far-flung exotic islands which feel a world away from Tokyo.

S1E6: The Munchies (Japanese Foodie Favorites)

We discuss about the famous munchies of Japan! We cover kaiseki, sushi, Shojin Ryori, street food, and Ramen. There’s a good chance you’ve tried sushi and ramen, but do you know it’s history?

S1E7: Subculture Mania

Anyone with an interest in Japan will definitely have seen pictures online of all the weird and wonderful fashion out here: from girls dressed like 18th century toddlers to guys that look like they walked right off the set of the musical Grease.

S1E8: Pixels and Power Ups (Japanese Video Games)

All you need to know about the Japanese gaming culture!

S1E9: Japanese Fashion Throughout The Ages

Let's take a walk down memory lane of Japanese's fashion throughout the ages!

S1E10: The Art Culture of Japan

We dive into the art culture of Japan! Art is one of the best windows into the character of a nation and culture, and Japan has one of the richest artistic traditions in the world.

S1E11: The Picture of Politeness (Japanese Etiquette)

Manners make the people, and the people make the country. The Japanese are famously known for their politeness, and we have their highly-valued customs to thank for that.

S1E12: Ghosts and Ghouls (Halloween Special)

This special Halloween episode involves us telling Japanese ghost stories!

S1E13: A Gēmu of Thrones

We talk about the lives and times of the Japanese Emperors (and Empresses)!

S1E14: Mix Business With Nature, featuring Overland Japan

In this episode of Nihongo Master podcast, we spice things up a bit — an interview with Overland Japan about all things business and nature!

S2E1: Japanese Cinematography

Let's talk about Japanese film!

S2E2: Study Saturday - Have You Ever...? (ことがある)

We introduce our language series, Study Saturday!

S2E3: Tunes & Beats

Listen to Japanese tunes and beats!

S2E4: Study Saturday - It Looks Like... (そう・みたい・ようだ・っぽい・らしい )

We give you a second Study Saturday with the grammar points for “it looks like…”!

S2E5: Bento Craze

We’re all about that packed lunch in a box, also known as a bento.

S2E6: Study Saturday - Do You Know...? (知っている・わかる)

In our third Study Saturday, we talk about ways to ask and answer, “do you know...?”

S2E7: The Japanese Avant-Garde Trio

We look at the Japanese fashion triumvirate.

S2E8: Study Saturday - I Think... (と思う)

In our fourth Study Saturday, we talk about expressing opinions using "I think..."

S2E9: Ceremonial Stages of Life

We talk about the various ceremonial stages of life!

S2E10: Study Saturday - I Want... For Christmas! (〜たい・欲しい)

In our fifth Study Saturday, we discuss how to express our desires and wants (for Christmas, especially) by saying “I want...”.

S2E11: Japanese Artists of Today

Let's discuss about a few of the top Japanese contemporary artists!

S2E12: Study Saturday - I Got/Gave...For Christmas! (あげる・くれる・もらう)

In our fifth Study Saturday, we look at how to express we got something, gave something, and someone gave something to us for Christmas!

S2E13: The Magic of Japanese Winter

We talk about the magic of Japanese winter.

S3E1: Coming of Age Day

Let's chat about Japan’s Seijin no Hi holiday — also known as Coming of Age Day.

S3E2: Study Saturday - My New Year's Resolution is to Try... (〜てみたい)

We discuss how to say “I’ll try…” as part of our Study Saturday language series!