Technique of how to tell


Does anyone have trouble that you are not able to communicate well due to too straight expression?

Today, I will introduce a book to such people. It is [伝え方が9割] (つたえかたが9わり、Important things occupying 90% in the way to communicate).

I had the opportunity to listen to the lecture of Mr. Sasaki, the author of the book, and it was interesting, so I would like to introduce this book today.


Mr. Sasaki is also a copywriter and CM planner, and as a result of pursuing a good way of communicating, he insists on the following two things.

  • You can change scenes that are refused as “no” to “yes” if the way to tell is good!
  • If that can be done, life will surely change!


For example, if there is a person who wants to date, how do you invite?

He says there are three steps to change “no” to “yes”.

【1】 Do not use words in your head as it is.

【2】 Imagine the inside of the opponent’s head.

【3】 Make a wish consistent with the merit of the opponent.


According to this steps, not to say straight like “I want to data with you”. imagine what the other person likes (eg : He / She likes Italian food), “There is a restaurant that offers amazingly delicious pasta. Why don’t we go together?” Both have the same goal of inviting to “date”, but how to tell is quite different, right?


He asserts, “How to tell is not sense, it’s technique!”

It is not easy to learn the sense, but anyone should be able to master the technique if they study. If you are interested, why not try reading it?

For beginner level to intermediate level people, we also recommend the manga version.

Funny non-Japanese celebrities living and working in Japan


I’d like to introduce you to funny non-Japanese celebrities living and working in Japan.

【Atsugiri Jason】

Jason became famous for his phrase “Why Japanese People!” to lament the difficulty of the Japanese language.

He wanted to be a comedian in Japan, but they don’t give out visas for that, so he came to Japan and joined an IT company that was expanding in Japan. Later, he attended an entertainer training school, and has continued both jobs until the present time.



This comedian works as a team with a Japanese comedian. He not only appears on comedy shows, he also does other work as the moderator of an English education program and a commentator. He is actually a prodigy and graduate of Harvard.



【Chad Mullane】

Chad dreamed of becoming a comedian. When he came to Japan to study abroad he felt Japanese comedy is the best in the world. After graduating from high school, he entered entertainer training school. Now, in addition to working as a comedian, he also works as a translator, translating many Japanese comedy movies.


I have three reasons for telling you about these people.

First, they are all are very good at Japanese.

Second, just like Jason Atsugiri, you can come to Japan and work at a job for which a visa is relatively easy to get, and then find work in the kind of job you really want.

Third, Pak-kun and Chad get many offers to do work other than being comedians. In other words, it’s important to have a career plan once you arrive in Japan.


Social Studies Field Trips in Japan that Anyone Can Enjoy


During my grade school days in Japan, there was an extracurricular activity, called a “social studies field trip”, where I got to visit a local factory.

In recent years, more and more companies are actively accepting factory tours in order to create corporate fans, and field trips for adults are very popular. Such tours can easily be enjoyed, because they usually are free or cost only a few hundred yen.


I have primarily selected spots close to Tokyo.

Note that in some cases you must apply in advance, or there may be age restrictions or limits on the number of people in a group. Check with each site for details. Most websites are in Japanese only, but try to do the best you can.



Beer tastes significantly different depending on the country. Japanese beer is relatively easy to get used to for people from overseas.

Almost all beer factories allow beer tasting, so I recommend these tours for beer lovers.


KIRIN(Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) 


ASAHI(Minamiashigara City, Kanagawa Prefecture)


SUNTORY(Fuchuu City, Tokyo)


SAPPORO(Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture)


Japanese Sake

For Japanese sake, there is a huge warehouse called a sakagura (酒蔵) that you can tour.


SAWANOI (Oume City, Tokyo)


KOYAMASHUZO  (Kita Ward, Tokyo)


ISHIKAWASHUZO(Fussa City, Tokyo)



Soy Souce

You can also see how soy sauce, an integral part of Japanese cuisine, is made.


Yugeta Soy Sauce (Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture)


Kikkoman Soy Sauce (Noda City, Chiba Prefecture) site)



Automobiles and Motorcycles

You can see the history of Japanese cars and motorcycles, and famous cars from the past. These tours should be irresistible to car and motorcycle enthusiasts.


TOYOTA(Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture)


NISSAN (Several plant tours exist)


HONDA (Several plant tours exist)


MAZDA (Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture)


SUBARU (Oota City, Gunma Prefecture)


SUZUKI(Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)


KAWASAKI (Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture) tours)(English site) City, Hyogo Prefecture)

(Kawasaki limits tours to motorcycle clubs only)


YAMAHA(Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture)



The airplane hangars are incredibly impressive.


JAL (Oota Ward, Tokyo)


ANA (Oota Ward, Tokyo)




You can even buy gifts and souvenirs. There’s even a place that offers all-you-can-eat ice cream for free!


glico (Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture)



(Hokkaido, Tochigi Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture)


AKAGI (Honjoo City, Saitama Prefecture)

*This is the manufacturer of the popular Garigari Kun ice cream in Japan.


chateraise (Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture)


unagipai(Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)


shiroikoibito(Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

(English site)


royce (Chitose City, Hokkaido) site)





(Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) site)

You can make your own original cup ramen, including drawing a picture on the container and choosing the ingredients.


Yamato (Oota Ward, Tokyo)

You can tour the latest facilities of a Japanese distribution company that delivers luggage quickly and accurately.


Railway-Museum (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture) site)

This is a museum, so it is a little bit different from a social studies field trip, but it is a very popular spot for those who like trains.


Why isn’t LinkedIn used in Japan?


The column “Why isn’t LinkedIn used in Japan” is very popular.

・The company will think that you’re trying to change jobs if you register with LinkedIn. (In Japan, many people still assume lifetime employment.)

・Japanese people do not like to publicize their personal achievements and work experience. (Many people do not think in terms of their own achievements, but in terms of the achievements of their company or team.)

・In Japan, building personal relationships come first and this then leads to business opportunities. This is why people prefer Facebook.

・The following reason was also given: “Japanese people do not tend to draw a clear line between public and private matters. So they can talk about both their private lives and work on Facebook.” However, I think it’s more than just that.

The problem is the people who seek to employ workers.

Human resource departments, staffing agencies and corporate hiring managers also use LinkedIn, but except for large corporations, many hiring managers in Japan are also responsible for labor management, general affairs and administration, so they avoid direct recruiting because it’s a lot of extra work.

Not only that, there’s no real reason to put much effort into using LinkedIn, because even if hiring costs could be lowered by using it, companies don’t value it very much and it wouldn’t have much impact on salaries anyway.


If you do not prepare, you will lose money!


You may already know that “it is better for you to take lesson with preparation.”


But, there are not so many people who are always preparing well.

I think this is a very wasteful thing.

Because it is not a school nor a lecturer but a learner who lose by not preparing.

Not only time but also money.


Let’s think about what each lesson will be in the following three patterns.

(1) With complete preparation

(2) With little preparation

(3) Without preparing at all


(1) With complete preparation

In the lesson, the lecturer will explain only “what students have prepared but did not understand”. And the lecturer uses all the remaining time for exercises with high learning effect such as applied practice and role play. In addition, lecturers can explain things not written in textbooks, and can also customize exercises according to the environment and preferences of learners.


(2) With little preparation

In the lesson, the lecturer can explain what is written in the textbook and can use a little time for practicing high learning effect such as applied practice or role play.


(3) Without preparing at all

In the lesson, the lecturer must explain each vocabulary and grammar one by one and must use all the time for them. They cannot teach whole contents what they planned and they have to resume from the middle in the next lesson.



I will quantify and describe the above three patterns so that you can imagine. (*These figures are hypothetical, as it is aimed at simplifying the story, there is a possibility that it is not accurate.)


In each of the above cases, we assume the amount that you can learn in one lesson as follows.

(1) 150

(2) 80

(3) 40


And assuming that the total amount you have to learn in order to finish a course is 2000, the number of lessons required for each case is as follows. (In case a lesson progresses according to learners’ proficiency level)

(1)13.3 lessons

(2)25 lessons

(3)50 lessons


And assuming that one lesson is 10 US dollars, the necessary cost to complete the course is as follows.

(1) $ 133

(2) $ 250

(3) $ 500


In other words,

The person of (2) has to pay 1.875 times the tuition fee of (1).

The person of (3) has to pay twice the tuition fee of (2).

The person of (3) has to pay 3.75 times the tuition fee of (1).


Everyone wants to save both time and money, right? That’s why I recommend preparing well. Moreover, those who prepare well can do applied practice and customized exercises, which has the effect of making the lesson fun.


Which would you prefer, “Cost-effective good and fun lesson” or “Cost performance bad and boring lesson”?



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