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Kanji Quiz for Adult and Thoughts on Kanji Posted by on Sep 18, 2021

There is a kanji quiz called “Kanji Quiz for working adults” put out by Baila.  The quizzes are not easy.  Almost all kanji are certainly recognizable (認識できる ninshikidekiru), but how you read them is very difficult. Today’s kanji was 仄々.  I certainly was one of many that could not read this kanji.  It is read…

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Variety Makes Life Richer – Writing System Posted by on Aug 27, 2021

Like many people in the world, I started playing Animal Crossing New Horizon on a Nintendo Switch that my son had brought back from Kyoto. It was extremely hard to get one in the US or Japan due to the very high demand (需要 jyuyo), so that was great.  The great thing about the Switch…

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Skater Words hit the National TV Posted by on Aug 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics is over, and Japan has been seeing the COVID-19 number making the record every day.  But I am not going to talk about that.  I am going to write about a Japanese skateboard commentator that has been attracting many Japanese’s attention in a good way. Skateboard was introduced in the Olympics for the…

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What a Little Sweet Snoozing Can Tell You Posted by on Jul 30, 2021

Inemuri (居眠り), snoozing, is one of the Japanese cultural traits.  Students fall asleep in class. People snooze on a train.  Members of the Diet (国会議員 kokkai giin) snooze during a session.  Local assembly members (地方議員 chihou giin) snooze during an assembly meeting. Wikipedia refers to it as “a custom that is notably seen in Japan.”…

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Kominka – a future for disappearing villages? Posted by on Jul 21, 2021

Kominka (古民家) – a traditional Japanese old house. A new fad that came about in the pandemic Japan was to escape (逃げる nigeru) from big cities and live in a rural area (田舎 inaka). The COVID-19 pandemic made many people realize that they did not need to live near the big cities and endure a…

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I am not worthy… SUPERFICIALLY Posted by on Jun 17, 2021

One day, my Japanese friend who was my classmate at grad school told me “Your bag is very nice.”  And I said, “I got it on sale (セール se-ru).” What would you have responded to? Have you told a compliment (称賛 shosan) to your Japanese friend, and have you heard a similar response from your…

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Kamikakushi – Spirited Away Posted by on Jun 8, 2021

Kamikakushi (神隠し) is a word that has been in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. It means “hidden by kami (god, deity, divinity, tengu, yamanba, oni, fox, or spirit)”, and often translated to “spirited away.”  You may have heard of Hayato Miyazaki’s movie. Even in the present day, many people disappear in a blink of an…

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