Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Test your Japanese!

The Japanese Test of Communication (JTOC) - pronounced "Jay-talk" is a 200-question Japanese language proficiency exam.                              


Introduction: Press Play


Sample Question


Select your answer:

Choice A)

Choice B)

Choice C)

Choice D)




Let's get started!


Choice A)

Choice B)

Choice C)

Choice D)

 Select your answer next to the picture.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Improve your English with TJ!


Sunday, 27 July 2014 03:08

Los Angeles Cosplay Contest Rules

Saturday, 19 July 2014 21:31

Los Angeles Cosplay Contest

Los Angeles Cosplay Contest at Nagoya Day

Join the contest or just come cheer and experience Nagoya

No entrance or contest fee

Cosplay Contest
Sunday, August 10th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Grove in Los Angeles

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles CA 90036
At the main park between the fountain and Nordstrom

1st Prize includes a Round trip airline ticket
Los Angeles - Tokyo on All Nippon Airways (ANA)!

- Ivan Van Norman (Season One Contestant from TBS's King of the Nerds)

- Paola Alejandra
(Cosplay / Video Game Journalist)
- Kristine "Space Invader" Carr
(Designer/Professional Seamstress)
- KC Mussman
(Makeup & Special Effects Artist)

REGISTER to take part in the COSPLAY CONTEST

Free registration by email: [email protected]
Limited on-site registration available
No entrance or contest fee

> Click here to see L.A. Cosplay Contest Rules

Nagoya Day Activities

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrate 55 years of sister city relations between Los Angeles and Nagoya, Japan

  • - Cosplay Contest with exciting prizes
  • - Sushi demonstration
  • - Samurai Warriors
  • - Japanese cultural crafts
  • - Japanese dance
  • - Special guest judges
  • - Special guest appearances

Cosplay Contest produced for LANSCA by:

Tokyo Journal / Authentasia

Presented by:
City of Nagoya
Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 01:00

Home Makeover Spotlight

Home Makeover Spotlight

Exterior: Subtle Sophistication with Asian Elegance

Mangaris Red Hardwood Decking

The Mangaris Red hardwood decking transformed a once bland exterior to a rich, mahogany-colored one, with a matching, Japanese-style gate. Mangaris decking wood was also used to build up the front exterior wall by 18 inches, giving the front yard, pool, and entrance both a higher level of beauty and of privacy.

Travel to the U.S.A.

Universal Studios, Hollywood, Scottsdale & New Orleans

TJ’s hotel reviewers headed to California, Arizona and Louisiana to experience the best places to stay and most entertaining things to do. Here are a few of our favorites.

Friday, 09 May 2014 22:10

The Yamano Beauty College Legacy

The Yamano Beauty College Legacy

Interview with Yamano Gakuen Chancellor & Kimono Aficionado Jane Aiko Yamano

Yamano Beauty College was founded in 1934 by Aiko Yamano (1909-1995), a pioneer in the hair and beauty industry. At 16, she opened her first salon in 1925. Her dream was to dignify the beautician profession by increasing educational standards. Yamano also introduced the permanent wave machine to Japan in the 1930s and in 1980 was awarded the “3rd Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure” by the Emperor of Japan. Today the Yamano group of schools has 3,125 students, with four areas of study: beauty, aesthetics, medical/chiropractic and Japanese language. Yamano’s granddaughter and successor, Jane Aiko Yamano discusses the 80th anniversary of her family’s school and Aiko Yamano’s legacy.

The Man Who Brought Sushi to America, Part IV

Remembering the War

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Noritoshi Kanai, chairman of Mutual Trading and the man who coined the phrase “sushi bar.”

Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui

Ambassador of Jazz

Keiko Matsui is a Japanese contemporary jazz pianist and composer who has received international acclaim for her 24 albums spanning a quarter of a century. Born in Tokyo and living in Los Angeles, California, Keiko spoke with Tokyo Journal during a recent trip to Japan before embarking on a tour to Peru, the U.S., Indonesia and Russia.

Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00



The duo that are making Japanese hip hop hip

Singer-songwriter Minami and rapper/track maker Staxx T form the Japanese hip hop group CREAM. Influenced by hip hop, pop and electronic dance music, they have gained popularity through their CREAM VISION YouTube channel featuring original songs, Japanese covers of western songs, and live performances, earning over 22,000,000 views and over 68,000 subscribers. In October 2012, CREAM started a free download project “Tada Uta” on their official website where fans could download their music at no charge, and their debut album DREAMIN’ was released in January 2013.


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