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Must-know words for Japanese summer festivals

June marks the beginning of the intensely hot and humid season in Japan. At the same time, and possibly to help cope with this weather, the entire country celebrates countless summer festivals or natsu matsuri (夏祭り) from June to August. These festivals are rooted in ancient Shintō beliefs and practices. However, in the last 70 ...

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Endearing ways to say “Father” around the world

First celebrated in 1910 to recognize the important role of fathers and to complement Mother’s Day, Father’s Day only became a permanent national holiday in the U.S. in 1972. It has been annually observed every third Sunday of June ever since. Today, several countries worldwide have adopted the American holiday that typically involves spending time ...

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Faces of Gengo: Hari

Despite his busy schedule as a first-year medical resident, Hari also works as a French to English translator in his spare time. He believes translating for Gengo served as the catalyst for pursuing one of his dreams. Find out more about his Gengo experience in his interview. Nationality: Canadian Location: Bahrain Occupation: Intern doctor Gengo ...

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The advantages of being a professional Gengo translator

In the last decade, the number of people working from home has gone up by nearly a quarter of a million according to a recent study. With a multitude of jobs available online, more and more people are ditching the 9-to-5 routine and rush hour commute and trading them with a location-independent lifestyle. Translation has ...

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Faces of Gengo: Kanako

Based in L.A., Kanako is an English to Japanese translator originally from Tokyo. When she moved to the U.S., she discovered Gengo and the advantages of freelancing. Find out why she rated being a freelance Gengo translator a perfect 10 out of 10 in this interview. Nationality: Japanese Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Occupation: Full-time ...

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Endearing ways to say “Mother” around the world

A time dedicated to pay tribute to mothers all over the world and celebrate motherhood, Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914 and usually falls on the second Sunday of May in most countries worldwide. The date changes annually because it is linked to Easter, which is different every year as it is ...

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