Asuka Naito

Asuka Naito is the co-host of Learn Japanese Pod, a podcast and website for learning natural, conversational Japanese. She is a multi-talented linguist, salsa dance teacher and professional radio announcer. Born in Tokyo and raised in the U.S., Europe and Japan, she now splits most of her time between Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Articles By Asuka

Basic Etiquette Tips for Japan

When traveling or moving to a completely new country, it is expected that you might commit a social faux pas or two. But with some...

May 22, 2016 | Lifestyle

Easy Japanese for Taxis

So, you’ve just finished a marathon shopping spree and the prospect of lugging your spoils across Tokyo on foot doesn’t sound all that appealing to...

May 16, 2016 | Lifestyle

Easy Japanese for Going to the Doctor

In our last article we studied some Japanese for emergency health issues. In this issue, you’ll learn some useful phrases and vocabulary for visiting a...

November 20, 2013 | Lifestyle

Easy Japanese for Emergencies

Although Japan is considered a relatively safe country in terms of crime, emergencies and disasters can of course happen. Being able to contact emergency services...

October 8, 2013 | Lifestyle

Easy Japanese for Shopping

Shopping in Japan can be quite an experience, whether you're exploring an iconic department store or roaming the back streets of Aoyama. There is an...

August 14, 2013 | Lifestyle