Sep
22
2009

Pizza Flavored Instant Yaki-soba

Japanese people are very good at coming up with flavors and combinations that no one else would dare to attempt. On this point, Japanese pizza is another post in and of itself… but today I just want to show everyone this interesting new product that caught my eye at my local convenience store yesterday.

Pizza Flavored Instant Yaki-soba
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Sep
21
2009

Silver Week in Japan

Many of you may have heard of Golden Week, a string of Japanese holidays in early May that is a major time for Japanese people to go on vacation. But I doubt as many have heard of Silver Week! But there’s a good reason you may not have heard of it though: this year is the first Silver Week ever…

Silver Week in Japan
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Sep
18
2009

Jubeat: the most awesome game ever.

It was about one year ago that I first discovered this beautiful machine at a local ゲーセン (“game center” or arcade), and I fell in love at first sight. Those big, beautiful buttons, the soothing cyber-techno atmosphere… I felt like I was dancing in the future, with my hands. This was it. This was the music game to rule all music games, it was perfect.

Jubeat: the most awesome game ever.
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Sep
16
2009

Katakana Mysteries: 6 loan words Japan got wrong

Two minutes with a fashion magazine or computer manual is all you need to understand that loan words are all the rage in Japan. At book stores, you can find katakana dictionaries for every need, from technically oriented things automotive engineering or graphic design, to more simple katakana dictionaries for old grandmothers and grandfathers who simply want to…

Katakana Mysteries: 6 loan words Japan got wrong
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Sep
10
2009

Infectious Gastroenteritis!?

one of my old Japanglish pictures from a Tokyo hotel a year or so ago…

Infectious Gastroenteritis!?
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Sep
08
2009

20 Similar-Looking Kanji

For this post I’ve collected 10 pairs of kanji that to untrained eyes might look almost or exactly the same. My intent is not to discourage learners by highlighting the difficult points of kanji (though there are certainly difficulties…), but rather to spark an interest in kanji…

20 Similar-Looking Kanji
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Sep
03
2009

Japanese have small stuff

Japanese are well known around the world as masters of miniature. And for a small island country of relatively short statured people, limited space and an obsession with things that are 可愛い (kawaii = cute) this should come as little surprise…

Japanese have small stuff
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Aug
31
2009

Japanese Proverbs: August 2009

Every day I post a new Japanese proverb on Twitter, so please follow me if you’re interested. At the end of every month I will recap the proverbs in a blog post…

Japanese Proverbs: August 2009
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Aug
30
2009

Seiken Koutai (Power Change)

政権交代 (せいけんこうたい) , or “power change” was the battle cry of the Democratic party here in Japan for the last month or so as everything built up to today’s Lower House election…

Seiken Koutai (Power Change)
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Aug
29
2009

NihonShock is born!

It was a few weeks ago that I suddenly decided for no reason in particular to start thowing random Japanese proverbs and their English translations/equivalents onto Twitter. Most likely I was just bored (if necessity is the mother of invention, boredom is the handsome young milkman). After a couple days I got the urge to step up from the realm of short, quickly buried and forgotten tweets to an actual blog…

NihonShock is born!
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