Welcome
Hey Everyone,

Hi and welcome to JapaneseLanguageCultureFood.com. I originally made this site as a place to dump all my Japanese study materials. I am now in Japan for the sixth time and as time went on I kind of gave up formal study and simply talked with family, friends, and neighbors. Now I can speak and understand Japanese, albeit simple conversations.

During the past four years in Japan I bought a car, purchased two adjacent properties, one of which I already sold, made some really good friends and basically saw a side of Japan which most gaikokujin (foreigners) never see. Then it occurred to me....why not write about all this stuff.

Beginning soon, hopefully in March of 2014, this site will become a WordPress kind of blog site. I am going to post mostly little known points about living in Japan since so many other sites already post all the touristy stuff. I will try, as much as possible, not to be too biased but there is a lot of good and bad, mostly good in this country and occasionally my strong opinion about these points will still show through. Hopefully you will find my perspective of Japan interesting, and if nothing else, at least informational.
Pictures of Japan
Until this daunting project gets going please look at my years in Japan through pictures. The links to my Facebook albums follows and will give you a good idea of what residing in the countryside of Japan is all about. Make sure to look through any albums titled Miscellaneous. You are welcome to add me as a friend in Facebook if you would like to comment on any of the pictures or simply to say hi. Facebook
For those of you who were used to using my study materials, these will still be kept online (links listed below) for anyone to use.

I added the Facebook Comments Application to every page of this site. Go crazy and comment on your favorite pages. Express your appreciation and maybe even criticism for this wonderful country and culture.

While work on this site progresses, feel free to contact me at any of the links below. Be sure to also visit our other sites.

Please take a few moments to Like and Recommend this site at the top of this page. Thank you for visiting.

Howie and Akiko Hayman
My contact information
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Facebook Pictures in Japan
A picture is worth a thousand words
2013 Pictures
Japan - 2013-2014 December 29-January 5 - New Years new
Japan - 2013 Nov 27-Dec 4 - Hanukkah Thanksgiving
Japan - 2013 November 24 - Nara Park
Japan - 2013 October 29-30 - Wakayama Fishing
Japan - 2013 October 26-27 - Halloween Party
Japan - 2013 November 1 - Takagi Family Moving Day
Japan - 2013 August 20-23 - Lake Biwa Camping
Japan - 2013 August 16-17 - Wakayama Fishing/Gojo Fireworks
Japan - 2013 July 26-28 – Amanohashidate Fishing Trip
Japan - 2013 July 27 – Hyogo Prefecture Marine Park
Japan - 2013 July 23 - Shai 4th Birthday
Japan - 2013 July 14-15 - Independence Day Shai Birthday Party
Japan - 2013 July 9 - Myojin Mountain Hiking
Japan - 2013 July 6-7 - Wakayama Fishing
Japan - 2013 June 29 - Fishing Trip to Kishiwada
Japan - 2013 June 15 - Wakayama Fishing
Japan - 2013 April 19-21 - Amanohashidate, Kyoto
Japan - 2013 April 5 - Koriyama Hanami
Japan - 2013 - English Global Group Cafe
Japan - 2013 - Miscellaneous 5 new
Japan - 2013 - Miscellaneous 4
Japan - 2013 - Miscellaneous 3
Japan - 2013 - Miscellaneous 2
Japan - 2013 - Miscellaneous 1
Japan - 2013 - House Parties
Japan - 2013 - House Dinner Parties
Japanese Food Miscellaneous 2
Japanese Food Miscellaneous 1
Japan Home Improvement Products
America-Korea-Japan - 2013 March 4-6 - Traveling
2012 Pictures
Japan–Korea–America – 2012 December 6 - Traveling
Japan - 2012 December 2 – Small Party Before Returning Home
Japan - 2012 November 3-4 - Halloween Party
Japan - 2012 October 21 - Sister in Law Wedding
Japan - 2012 October 6, 2012 - 七五三 753 Ceremony
Japan - 2012 September 23-24 - Wakayama Fishing
Japan - 2012 September 16-17 - Wakayama Fishing
Japan - 2012 September 2-3 - Wakayama Camping Fishing
Japan - 2012 August 31 - World of Dreams Circus
Japan - 2012 August 24-27 - Lake Biwa Camping
Japan - 2012 August 20 - Myojin Mountain Hiking
Japan - 2012 August 15 - Nara Park Light Up
Japan - 2012 August 11-12 - Yoshino Mountain Camping
Japan - 2012 July 31 - Sakurai Onbara Fireworks Festival
Japan - 2012 July 28 - House Party - Summer
Japan - 2012 July 7 - House Dinner Party
Japan - 2012 June 30 - House Party Independence Day
Japan - 2012 February - Tokyo Trip
Japan - 2012 February - Hakone Trip
Japan - 2012 January - New Years
Japan - 2012 - House Parties
Japan - 2011-2012 - House Dinner Parties
2011 Pictures
Japan - 2011 November - Rice Harvesting
Japan - 2011 November - Thanksgiving
Japan - 2011 October - Halloween
Japan - 2011 August 6-7 - Yoshino Mountain Camping
Japan - 2011 July 31 - Sakurai Onbara Fireworks Festival
Japan - 2011 July 30 - House Party Summer BBQ
Japan - 2011 July 23 - Kobe Suma Beach
Japan - 2011 July 17 - Kyoto Gion Matsuri
Japan - 2011 July 2 - House Party Independence Day
Japan - 2011 June 24 - House Party
Japan - 2011 April 10 - Yoshino Mountain Hanami
Japan - 2011 February 12 - House Party
Japan - 2011 February 11 - Snowing Like Crazy Today
Japan - 2011 January 8 - Happy New Years Party
Japan - 2011 January 3 - New Years Party
Japan - 2011 January 2 - Nara Park
Japan - 2011 January 1 - New Years Day
Japan - 2011 - Japan House Pictures Recent
Japan - 2011 - Japan House Pictures
Japan - 2011 - Japan Miscellaneous
Japan - 2010-2011 - House Parties
2010 Pictures
Japan - 2010 December 25 - Holiday Party
Japan - 2010 November 12 - Baby Gap Model Contest For Shai
Japan - 2010 October 30 - Halloween 2010
Japan - 2010 August 29 - Odaigahara Mountain Hiking
Japan - 2010 August 28 - Yoshino Village Camping
Japan - 2010 August 14 - Nara Park Obon
Japan - 2010 August 7 - Nara Park Light Up Event
Japan - 2010 July 31 - Mimoro Onbara Festival Fireworks
Japan - 2010 July 26 - Myoujin Mountain Hiking
Japan - 2010 July 24 - Shai Birthday Party
Japan - 2010 July 23 - Shai Birthday
Japan - 2010 July 3 - Independence Day Party
Japan - 2010 April 11 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Viewing
Japan - 2010 April 11 - Hanami (different album)
Japan - 2010 - Japan Pictures 2
2009 Pictures
Japan - 2009 December 4 - House Pictures
Japan - 2009 December 3 - Dinner Parties
Japan - 2009 December 3 - Japan Move
Japan - 2009 December 3 - Japan Pictures 1
2008 Pictures
Was back in America
2007 Pictures
Japan - 2007 - Kyoto - Amanohashidate
Japan - 2007 - Nara - Nakata B and B
Japan - 2007 - Nara - Nara Park
Japan - 2007 - Nara - English Teaching
Japan - 2007 - Nara - Karaoke
Japan - 2007 - Friends in Japan
Miscellaneous Pictures
Japan - Farm Pictures
Japan - Bike Trips
Cover Photos
AkikosKitchen.com Recipes
Japan Miscellaneous
Japan Miscellaneous 2
Japan - House Pictures - Residence
Japan - House Pictures - Adjacent Property
 
Old Study Pages
Japanese Language - Learn Japanese the easy way. Beginning with romaji, to hiragana, to katakana, to kanji. This site includes the 1,006 Kyouiku Kanji that Japanese elementary school students learn thru the 6th grade.
Learn to write Japanese
Follow the steps below to learn everything Japanese students learn thru grade 6 of elementary school.

Step 1 - Introduction to writing Japanese (everyone)
Step 2 - Romaji (beginner)
Step 3 - Hiragana (beginner)
Step 4 - Katakana (beginner)
Step 5 - Kanji Introduction (everyone)
Step 6 - Kanji 1 - (80 - beginner)
Step 7 - Kanji 2 - (160 - intermediate)
Step 8 - Kanji 3 - (200 - intermediate)
Step 9 - Kanji 4 - (200 - advanced)
Step 10 - Kanji 5 - (185 - advanced)
Step 11 - Kanji 6 - (181 - advanced)
Learn to speak Japanese
New to the language? Follow the steps below to begin speaking Japanese immediately. Spoken Japanese is much easier to learn than you might think. You need to learn Romaji before you begin learning Japanese pronunciation.

Step 1 - Introduction to speaking Japanese (everyone)
Step 2 - Pronunciation (beginner)
Step 3 - Conversation (beginner) - unfinished study section
Step 4 - Vocabulary (intermediate)
Step 5 - Grammar (advanced) - unfinished study section
 
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