Everyone from Ariana Grande to your best friend’s dog is on TikTok right now and it’s easy to spend countless hours enjoying the creative, funny – and sometimes outright weird – content.
But did you know you can learn Japanese from TikTok too? With several great Japanese-language accounts and creators making Japan-related content, there’s no good excuse to not level-up your Japanese skills while enjoying everything that TikTok has to offer.
We look at how you can learn Japanese with TikTok and who to follow for the best Japan content.
Nihongo no Mori
Originally a YouTube channel with the same name, Nihongo no Mori is a popular and fun account to learn some useful Japanese from. Explanations are super easy to understand, always presented in a fun way and relevant to daily life, making it great for beginners and more advanced learners alike who want to learn Japanese from TikTok.
This account is a great one for beginner Japanese learners as Andy does all his explanations in English and the Japanese he teaches is relatively simple. It’s often related to daily life and he often creates videos according to requests from his followers.
The videos on this account are best enjoyed with some Japanese knowledge, as well as some knowledge of Japanese culture and society. He teaches useful and natural Japanese in context, often ending the video with a humorous twist.
Go! Go! Nihon
This list wouldn’t be complete without our very own account, where we publish entertaining and educational videos related to studying in Japan. Throughout the month of April, we published one Japanese language video every day, teaching everything from basic numbers to how to express love in Japanese. Check us out here.
To look for more Japanese-learning accounts, simply search for #learnjapanese on TikTok!
Japanese culture and society
Get ready for cuteness overload – this Japanese couple makes relatively easy-to-understand videos about moments in their daily lives. To fully enjoy the videos and understand the subtexts, we recommend this account for intermediate Japanese learners.
Maydaysan is rapidly gaining popularity for his comedic and easy-to-follow videos on Japanese life and society. Formerly an assistant language teacher, he makes videos commenting on all aspects of life in Japan. He also likes to mention Japanese pop culture, so anime and manga fans will appreciate the references he makes in some of his videos.
マリーヌさん家のヤバい同棲生活 (Marinesan ka no yabai dousei seikatsu)
Marine and Ryo are an international couple (she’s French, he’s Japanese) who turn moments in their daily lives into cute anime videos. There is no English or furigana readings for the kanji, so we recommend this account for intermediate to advanced learners.
Popular Japanese TikTok accounts
柴犬コマリ (Shibainu Komari)
One of a plethora of dog accounts on the internet, this is one of the most popular accounts with over 4 million followers. Involves many shots of Komari the shiba looking adorably into the camera.
The comedy of this account might fly over the heads of those who don’t relate to slapstick humour. But, more than 3 million people enjoy following him as he attempts various “challenges” for comedic purposes.
A 13-year-old Japanese schoolgirl with almost 3 million followers. Videos are primarily of her lip syncing.
Hayashi Takuma, also known as Hayataku, was already a bit of a social media star in Japan before joining TikTok. His videos feature lip syncing, some dancing, humour and Japanese male idol haircuts.
Famous Japanese people on TikTok
Famous comedian and actress.
Musician and singer with a long career in entertainment.
The pen-pineapple-apple-pen guy.
Arguably the most famous Japanese boy band of the moment.
Japanese girl pop group from Hiroshima prefecture.
What’s your favourite Japanese TikTok account? Tell us in the comments.
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