Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part V

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Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part V of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. We also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part IV

Akitoshi Kawazu
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part IV of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. We also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part III

Satoru Iwata
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part III of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. We also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide

Playing games in Japanese can be a great way to learn. It shows you real life language written by Japanese people for Japanese people. There’s no worry about whether the vocabulary you’re learning is relevant because you’re seeing it right there in front of you. You might even have these resources sitting in your house, right now! Hundreds of learning opportunities ready to be taken advantage of!

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part II

Akitoshi Kawazu
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part II of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out part 1 here and my translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part I

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Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

This next series of posts is going to be something a little different for Game in Japanese, but I hope you enjoy it all the same. I’m going to be posting my translation of the Iwata Asks column featuring Akitoshi Kawazu. The initial conversation was posted across 6 pages so I’ll be posting them one part at a time as I complete them in the following weeks. Be sure to check out my Translations page if you’re looking for more reading material.

You can also find the original interview in Japanese here.

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Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town] Part II

We’re not quite done with Springdale and Yokai Watch 4 just yet. There are a lot of NPCs to meet so let’s take a look at the next batch. This is a continuation of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series where we walk around video game towns and practice reading Japanese with side-by-side English and Japanese text! Don’t forget to check here for part 1.

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Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town]

Let’s take a little stroll around Yokai Watch 4’s Springdale and meet some of the residents. In this series we go around video game towns and use side-by-side English and Japanese text to get to some Japanese reading practice. This may be a good place to start if you’re thinking about importing the game to see if the text is around your reading level. Yokai Watch 4 is full of NPCs so we’ll start by meeting some of the kids in the various parks around town.

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Yokai Watch 4 Impressions

When I came to Japan for the first time, Yokai Watch had already taken over. I saw it everywhere. Some people even thought it would overtake Pokemon as the go-to monster catching game for kids. Things didn’t end up panning out that way in the following years, but at least they managed to pull me back in (for whatever that’s worth) with Yokai Watch 4.

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I Went to Tokyo Disneyland!

I went to Tokyo Disneyland! It was great. I had been to Disney World in Florida as a kid so that’s kind of my baseline for Disney, but Tokyo Disneyland was nice because you can make a day trip out of it. No driving for days to get to Florida or working with a Disney trip planing expert. You can just kind of show up, do your thing, and leave at the end of the day having seen most of the park. It also seems like there isn’t a single day of the year that doesn’t have a seasonal event going on. This time of year it’s Tanabata. They had a little parade and a place for people to write their wishes on Mickey Mouse shaped paper to hang. They always seem to be rotating seasonal events and merchandise to give each trip its own special something which I’m sure the diehard Disney fans appreciate.

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