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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Let Me Introduce You to Cherrygrove City Part II

Alright, it’s time to go meet the rest of Cherrygrove City as we continue looking at dialogue from Pokemon Crystal with side-by-side translations. Don’t forget to check out Part I and the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to‘ series!

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Let Me Introduce You to Route 29 and Cherrygrove City Part I

Now that we’ve talked to everyone in New Bark Town, it’s time to move to Route 29. Check the side-by-side game dialogue and translations to get reading practice using Pokemon Crystal! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series :]

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Let Me Introduce You to New Bark Town

I want to try something a little different here and see if anybody out there finds this sort of post helpful. I’m basically going to post the Japanese text from each NPC in New Bark Town from Pokemon Gold and Silver with a translation that tries to be literal, but still understandable. You can try to read the text yourself and then check the translation to see how you did. I may sprinkle in some grammar information as well. Let’s get to it!

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3 Great 3DS Games to Play in Japanese Part I

The Nintendo 3DS may be region locked, but if you want access to a great catalog of Japanese games, importing a system from the 3DS line is worth the trouble. This is because it can access Nintendo’s digital store, the eShop, and is jam packed with JRPGs. Once you import a system, there isn’t really a need to import games because most of them are on the eShop. Plus, with a bank account that lets you make international purchases, like Ally Bank or something, you can use the debit card from your bank to buy games. Buying eShop gift cards from international sellers and having the codes sent to you is also an option though. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the games.

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How to Play Video Games in Japanese

Learning all of these fancy words isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t have any games to read them in. Lucky for us, getting our hands on video games that we can play in Japanese has become easier in recent years, especially with the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One not being region locked. A region locked console, such as the Nintendo 3DS, will not be able to play games from other regions which means you can’t just import a game from Japan and pop it into your North American system. Let’s start with the consoles listed above and follow that up with some other consoles that aren’t region locked. 

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How I Study

Here, I want to break down how I study and what resources I’ve found to be the most helpful. There are a lot of other sites and resources I’ve used help fill in the gaps over the years, but what I really want to talk about in this post are things that have been staples of my various routines. As time goes on, you’ll probably find your own favorite sites (maybe even this one) and apps and whatnot to help spice up your study routine and help you when you’re stuck so I won’t go into everything I’ve used. Let’s get to it.

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Zero Experience Beginner’s Guide

So you’re considering embarking on the Japanese learning journey? Great! It’s a long road (like, years… maybe forever) but incredibly rewarding. But before you dive in, I want to quickly explain a couple of things and give you some tips. If you’re looking for how to actually get games to play in Japanese, check here.

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