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Three JLPT test-takers living in Japan talk about Japanese language, culture and the JLPT!

  • Why Study Japanese?
  • Gateway to Education and Employment
  • Fascinating Japanese Expressions

The More You Know About Japan…

The four seasons in Japan are beautiful—cherry blossoms in the spring, fireworks in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snow in the winter. I enjoy the differences and changes of each season.

There are many things you won’t be able to know unless you live here. I briefly stayed in Kyoto before my current stay, and I thought that there were lots of temples and old buildings everywhere in Japan, just like in Kyoto. The sight of all the Tokyo skyscrapers was so different from Kyoto and gave me a culture shock.

I did a home-stay before, and I was so happy that my home-stay family treated me like a real family member. The Japanese mentality and etiquette that they taught me have benefited me to this day.

Before coming here, I didn’t know that there were so many festivals in each region.

Me neither. In Indonesia, there are no town festivals, so the “bon odori” that is held almost weekly in neighborhood parks in the summer surprised me.

The more I learn about regional traditions, culture, and history in Japan, the more interesting it gets. Right now, I am interested in Japanese historical novels and dramas. I passed the N2 level, and can understand daily conversation and contemporary dramas. I am now studying to pass the N1. My next goal is to understand the NHK historical dramas!


Books and References

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  • JLPT Bulletin
  • For Teachers: Explanatory Materials
Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 5, 2020
  • Second test: Sunday, December 6, 2020
*Outside Japan, the test may be held only in July or December in some cities. Click here for the test schedule in your city.

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