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Gacha, Our Life Posted by on Mar 7, 2022

If you have been to Japan, you might have seen Gachapon.  It is also known as gacha, gashapon, or gachagacha.  Gacha is a name trademarked by Takara Tomy A.R.T., while Gachapon/gashapon are names trademarked by Bandai.  The general name for this is capsule toy – not very exciting!  Whatever the names are, they refer to…

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The Dictionary as a Mirror of Time Posted by on Oct 16, 2021

One of the largest Japanese dictionaries (辞書 jisho) is published from Sanseido. It is the most popular one.  It was first published in 1960, and it has been edited periodically to add or delete words.  The dictionary was updated this year after 8 years. Language is alive and it is changing all the time whether…

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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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Be careful not to be ディスられる by trying to be hip Posted by on Mar 24, 2021

In the last blog (Flattening Accents), I wrote about the trend of flattening accents.  I am going to list more language trends (トレンドtorendo) among Japanese young people in this blog. Combine English words+ suffix ru  バズる   (buzz + ru) = to go viral ディスるor disる (disrespect + ru) = to disrespect ググる  (google + ru) = to…

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