Friday, June 30, 2006

Colorful proverbs capture a peculiar sensibility

An interesting article on Japanese proverbs:

Every language has a vast number of proverbs, mottos and saws, and native speakers often quote them to express a feeling or to prove a point. The fact is that you can "prove" almost anything with a colorful turn of phrase as practically every proverb has an equal and opposite proverb.

A person might well claim that "He who hesitates is lost," while another could refute this with "Look before you leap." This latter saying has a fine Japanese equivalent in ishibashi o tataite wataru (tap the stones of the bridge before you cross it).

In order to read more on how interesting Japanese proverbs could be, refer to this link:

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Language knows no age

I found this interesting article that covers link between Japanese language and brain

Punctuality - A mindset or a matter of convenience?

Punctuality and adhering to commitments on time, every time is not an accidental occurence. It is a carefully cultivated mindset that requires some effort initially. Why are many Indian professionals unable to internalise this?

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Why is it that even when there are so many highly paid jobs available to bilingual professionals IT industry's engineers seem to ignore the obvious?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Welcome to a brave new world

Dear Cyberfriends,

This is a blog created exclusively for those who hold an interest in developing a long term career in the Japanese market. Whilst the initial focus is on IT and software, the effort is to keep the content as generic as possible. I would like to encourage all of you to post your questions here and will try to ensure that your questions get answered as quickly as possible.

I would like to bring to everyone's attention that all questions and answers in this forum are purely on a personal capacity and do not reflect the views of their respective organisations.

A brave new world awaits us all.