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Dear Readers,

Next week is the Autumn Leaves Viewing Week
I will introduce a series of articles about autumn leaves viewing.

Learn about
  • When to view autumn leaves.
  • Where to view autumn leaves throughout Japan
  • Why view autumn leaves
Don`t miss the 紅葉狩り momijigari autumn leaves viewing.  

Nara Station

Sento-kun is the Nara Mascot
sento kun ha nara no masukotto desu.

How to Say MASCOT in Japanese

The mascot for Nara is a young Buddhist with antler.
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The key to saying I love you to a Japanese girl with success is indirectness.
How to say I love you to a Japanese girl and yet being indirect?
And why shall I say I love you to a Japanese girl when I meant it but have to be indirect?

I love you is a 3 letter word.

I love you is a simple 3 letter word.
There is a also a simple version of I love you in Japanese - 愛してる Aishiteru. 4 letter word.
Slightly longer, but definitely not hard to pronounce.

Although this sounds like a pretty simple way to say I love you to a Japanese girl, it is not often used.
If I don`t say I love you, what do I say?

If you watch Japanese movies or Japanese drama, you would probably come across scenes where the guys would confess to the Japanese girls.
But they don't say I love you.
They say, I like you.

How to say I love you in Japanese?

Kimi no koto ga suki



Either of the above, it all mean I love you in Japanese.

Wait a minute, isnt 好き suki means LIKE?

But I want to say I love you not I like you.
Isn`t love and like different?

I love you vs I like you

Yes, to many Western culture, it is very direct, I love you is I love you.
I like you is I like you.
Love is stronger than like.

When you say I love you to a non Japanese girl, it is a love confession.

When you say I like you to a non Japanese girl, it is a statement of admiration. A praise. Just that! Dot!

It is pretty direct.
I love you is I love you.
I like you is I like you.

In Japanese culture, it is different.

I like you is I love you.

When you say I like you to a Japanese girl, no matter you say

Kimi no koto ga suki


...it all means I love you.

What if all I wanted is to praise her and just that?
Avoid the word suki.
For example,
Kimi no koto ga subarashii to omou yo.
I think you are great.

Saying I love you is pretty indirect.
You say I like you to mean I love you.


Why do I need to be indirect when saying I love you to a Japanese girl?

It is called 曖昧表現 aimai hyougen (ambiguous expression).
To put it simply, i don't say it clearly, but you know what I mean.

Surprisingly, aimai hyougen (ambiguous expression) is widely used among Japanese people.
It is part of the Japanese culture.

Japanese people are said to be shy and they care deeply with how the other feel.
To avoid embarrassment to others or themselves, aimai hyougen (ambiguous expression) is used.

So is saying I love you.

Kimi no koto ga suki



Above are the aimai hyougen (ambiguous expression) for saying I love you to a Japanese girl.



As a conclusion, if you fell in love with a Japanese girl. Say I love you to her.
Remember how to say I love you to a Japanese girl?

Kimi no koto ga suki



Take the initiative. Be proactive. Tell her before someone does.
Your own happiness lies in these 3 simple words - I love you. 大好き DAISUKI.

Somewhere in Nara

My lunch is rice and mackerel.
hiru gohan ha gohan to saba desu.

How To Say MACKEREL in Japanese

サバ saba Mackerel fish contains the omega fatty acids EPA, DHA and ALA, which are good for brain growth.


What is moss?

Moss, to put it simply in laymen term, small green plant that grow on wet and shaded soil.
You can find them under tree shades which is also usually wet since it is not exposed to direct sunlight, thus the ground moisture is not easily evaporated.


Is moss a weed?

Some consider moss as a weed.
Moss is a weed when you try to grow grass, and your grass lost to the moss.
But well, if you are growing moss, grass will be the weed.
It mostly a matter of perspective.

Personal experience with moss

For me, I didn't like moss at first. Moss makes the ground slippery.
When I was a child,I was jumping around in the garden and I accidentally landed on a ground covered with moss.
I slipped and fell on the ground.

My body landed flat on the moss covered ground.

There is also a certain moss smell to it that I can remember until today.
Surprisingly, I kind of like the smell of the moss. It is rather refreshing in my opinion.

There were also a time, I was wearing a white shirt with a pair of jeans and I leaned against a wall. I didn't realize that the wall was covered with moss.
Yucks!!! My shirt and jeans had some green moss attached to it.

Some people hate moss

Whereas, there are also some that feel that moss is an eyesore.
Moss can grow on their rooftops and driveway.
They would prefer the rooftops to be in rooftop color and not green moss colored.
For that, some people hate moss.
If you hate it, you hate it.
They would go all the way to kill moss.
They would buy moss killing spray of super strong moss killing chemical, bleach the moss growing area and if you are rich, hire professional to remove moss, etc.

Some people like moss

While some people hate moss, some like moss.
While some people think it is an eyesore, some think it is a beauty.
Just a matter of aesthetic perception.
While some people want to kill moss, some want to grow moss.
Just a matter of preference.

How to Grow Moss?

As we said earlier, moss like shady, cool places with moisture. Give it the right condition and moss will grow. It will die if it is exposed to direct sunlight. Some said moss grow better if it is on slightly acidic soil.

There are also some methods to grow moss on rocks.
You may refer to How to Grow Moss on Rocks, Bricks or Pots.

Why Japanese like moss?

Japanese grow moss in their gardens and flower pots. To the Japanese people, moss gives a sense of serenity and tranquility.

Moss usually grows after a beautiful rain, a slight sunshine, and by the side of a flowing river.
It will flourish when undisturbed thus come calmness.
Moss also signifies continuation and longevity since it can last for a long time.

The older generation of Japanese people would probably love moss more because they like the moss as it continues to grow and live for a long time. That inspire people to continue to flourish (to be active) so that they would be as vibrant like the moss.


When I first in Japan, I thought why were the gardens not maintained. Moss are growing all over.
Then I found out that moss were allowed to grow on purpose. Some even took the effort to grow moss on rocks and pottery. I came to like moss as it blends into nature and gardens. It does create a certain sense of harmony and tranquility not only to the Japanese people but even to me.

With that, I hope you have can understand better why Japanese people like moss.
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Learn Japanese Through Pictures


Learn Japanese Through Pictures


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