Scott Wilson

After getting bored with high school French, Scott came to a crossroads in life whether to study Japanese or Native American Mohawk instead. Mohawk's lack of kanji was its ultimate downfall, and Scott hasn't looked back since. After years of non-stop sweating while working as a translator in sweltering Okinawa, he moved back to his native, delightfully frigid Massachusetts to work as a private Japanese tutor. His hobbies include re-reading One Piece for the hundredth time, dreaming about Shakey's Pizza, and getting feedback on stories he's written from both his wife and cat.

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Keyboard app shares most common emoji by country, Japan’s are completely different from others

A case of cultural differences or linguistic ones?

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Japanese manga artist makes comic showing one of the most heartbreaking experiences for an author

It’s not the long hours, it’s not the rejections, it’s something more personal.

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Free “Language Learning with Netflix” extension makes studying Japanese almost too easy

Works for lots of other foreign languages too!

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Japanese netizens vote on which of nation’s prefectures would make the best weapons in battle

Which prefectures have the deadliest curves? Time to find out!

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Forbidden snack? Japanese “sponge cake” looks way too much like the real thing

Only one way to find out whether that’s cream or soap.

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Japanese artist shows difference between erotic manga for men vs. women in simple side-by-side

Proving it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it that matters.

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Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs, netizens share thoughts too

Are tattoo bans at onsen a relic of the past or part of Japanese culture?

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First-grader’s math test accidentally turns into treatise on confusing Japanese linguistics

Because apparently three plus two equals morphophonology.

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Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent

As it turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing.

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Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads, 10,000 yen fine to violators

Trespassing of both property and people have led to this development.

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Video of each Japanese hiragana getting “measured up” is oddly cute and satisfying【Video】

How tall is your favorite hiragana?

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One bizarre Japanese trading card gets a literal strength bonus from this weekend’s typhoon

Whether you know the game or not, this is pretty hilarious.

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Naruto’s author Kishimoto reveals what characters’ names would’ve been if editor didn’t intervene

As well as several other incredible saves made by the editor.

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Poop Kanji-Drill toilet paper is the best way to accomplish your Japanese studying doo-ties

Now you too can review on the loo!

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Today is “Men’s Valentine’s Day” in Japan, where guys give underwear to girls

Although before you go giving any spicy presents, maybe read this first.

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46-year-old hikikomori arrested for leaving mother’s dead body inside house for over a year

“Yikes. This is like right out of a horror movie.”

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Japanese Twitter user gets surprise visit from elementary school student for cutest reason ever

The last thing you expect to hear when your doorbell rings.

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Japanese man eats Garigari-kun popsicle in one bite, gets immediate, explosive brain freeze【Video】

Don’t try this trick at home!

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Japanese governor and mayor’s cosplay at World Cosplay Summit so good it causes broadcast mishap

When meeting with important guests, it’s important to embrace their culture.

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Language misunderstanding causes anger from Japanese TikTok users over “beached whale shark”

Paying attention is important, both online and in English class.

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