Tag Archives: japanese

On Getting Rid of Japanese in Japan

Kanji is hard. The hieroglyphic written script (just one of three) used in Japanese has a weird history, borrowed and bastardized from the Chinese. And it takes years, even for the Japanese, to learn. For foreigners used to Roman scripts, … Continue reading

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15 English Words You Will Only Hear in Japan

English is something of an international language, and so it tends to make out with a lot of native tongues. In Japan, I hear a lot of English phrases scattered into otherwise Japanese conversations. Most of them, however, make no … Continue reading

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J-Cin Sundays: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Biker Gangs and How to Get Angry in Japan

Title: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi Year: 1976 Notes: This documentary was the inspiration for the name of post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which honestly is the only reason I sought it out. TLDR: A bunch of … Continue reading

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On Using a Japanese Toilet

I still don’t know what “standby mode” means for a toilet.

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