So about a week before my trip, a girl overheard my friends and I talking about me going to Japan. She walked over to us and asked if it was true and if I could do her a huge favor. I asked her what the favor was and she went into a story of how her family just found out that her 11 year old cousin with leukemia will be having all treatment cutoff the following Wednesday. She told me that she’s had people from around the world take pictures in front of cool places/monuments with a piece of paper saying “Team Alexis” on it so that she could put it all together into a collage for her cousin, Alexis’ Birthday. I of course said yes, took down her email address, and promised I would send her a picture from Japan. This is that picture. Me standing in front of The Rokuon-Ji Temple in Kyoto, also known as The Golden Pavilion. Team Alexis.

Japanese Learning Strategies


  • Listen and read along to understand Japanese better.
  • もっとよく理解できるように日本語を聞きながら読む。
  • Motto yoku rikai dekiru yō ni Nihongo o kikinagara yomu.
  • Record your voice and compare your pronunciation with native Japanese speakers.
  • 声を録音して、日本語母語話者の発音と比べる。
  • Koe o rokuon shite, Nihongo bogo washa no hatsuon to kuraberu.
  • Download dialog tracks and listen to the Japanese conversations.
  • ダイアログをダウンロードして、日本語の会話を聞く。
  • Daiarogu o daunrōdo shite, Nihongo no kaiwa o kiku.
  • Repeat the phrases that you hear out loud again and again.
  • 耳にしたフレーズを何度も何度も声に出して練習する。
  • Mimi ni shita furēzu o nan-do mo nan-do mo koe ni dashite renshū suru.
  • Review old lessons to master them completely.
  • 完璧にマスターするために前に勉強したレッスンを復習する。
  • Kanpeki ni masutā suru tame ni mae ni benkyō shita ressun o fukushū suru.
  • Read lines slowly at first. Then re-read and increase your speed.
  • まずは文章をゆっくり読む。そして、もう少し速く、もう一度読んでみる。
  • Mazu wa bunshō o yukkuri yomu. Soshite, mō sukoshi hayaku, mō ichi-do yonde miru.
  • Set small and measurable learning goals with a deadline.
  • 締め切りのある、小さくて適当な目標を立てる。
  • Shimekiri no aru, chiisakute tekitō na mokuhyō o tateru.
  • Try harder lessons to challenge yourself and improve faster.
  • 早く上達するように、自分のレベルより少し難しいレッスンに挑戦してみる。
  • Hayaku jōtatsu suru yō ni, jibun no reberu yori sukoshi muzukashii ressun ni chōsen shite miru.

Kinkaku-ji Temple (金閣寺) in Autumn in Kyoto (京都) Japan by TOTORORO.RORO
Via Flickr:
Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺) or Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺), “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, in Autumn in Kyoto (京都) Japan Camera Information: Model: Sony NEX-6 Lens: Sony 10-18mm f/4 Wide-Angle Zoom Lens OSS Alpha E-mount (SEL1018).