Part of my presentation to Japanese teachers this week was aimed at providing teachers with some authentic, real-time Japanese resources - for the language and the culture. For me, these are the blogs and sites that I turn to when looking for images or short, reflective pieces on Japanese festivals, food, music, language and so on. These are my favourite J-Bloggers. People who live in Japan or have lived in Japan and blog about Japan and their experiences there.
The best thing about these posts is not only the quality of the images but also the real-time nature of the blog posts. Posts and images on Children’s Day or Hinamatsuri can be found around those days.
Previously, I have posted on finding images for teaching culture. This new list contains some of those same sites and some added extras that I have found since. It also contains some sites that focus a little more on the language, as well as the culture.
If these don’t satisfy, the best thing to do is to look at the “Blogroll” (usually found in the side pane of the blog) on these blogs.
Muza-chan's Gate to Japan - Great images and explanations of what's happening in Japan
Kimonobox - From Hinamatsuri to decorations to quirky Japanese products (and great images)
Shibuya246 - Awesome images and easy to read explanations
Japan: Life and Religion - Reflections on Japanese life, culture and Buddhism
A Rinkya Blog - A place to find Japanese gadgets and quirky collectibles.
Caught Red-handed - A variety of articles on Japan and the language that contains the occasional gem
Rainbowhill Language Lab - Language and culture, including lots of tips for learning Japanese
Tofugu - Lots of tips and resources for learning Japanese
Hungry for Words: Mostly Japanese - Reflections on the Japanese language and customs
What are your favourites? Please add any I've missed in the comments section.