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Japanese Vernacular: I-Turn, U-Turn, We all Turn!

I'm sure most of you have heard of a u-turn: that thing drivers do when they want to go back the way they came fromーsometimes on a road where such actions are both illegal and dangerous and pedestrians almost pay for this misdemeanor with their lives. Ahem. Forgive the dramatic explanationーit's the direct result of almost ...

Japanese Wedding Vernacular: Narita Rikon

We covered the wonders of shotgun weddings and why they’re a good idea for Japanese citizens last week, but what of the “other” sideーdivorce? Well, here’s a really interesting term for you:   成田離婚 Narita Rikon   Direct translation: Narita Divorce A translation that (almost) makes sense: ...

Japanese Wedding Vernacular: Dekichatta Kekkon

YJ and I are tying the knot this week (at least on paper—the ceremony will come later) and so it’s quite natural that my brain is turning its thoughts to marriage and weddings and such. <-Note that I’m not thinking about it, my brain is doing something entirely involuntary. Can’t be helped. ^^; While I’ve ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 36

So it seems I missed last week's posting of... well, everything. Being bogged down with assignments and then going on a trip for work that got extended isn't conducive to getting things done outside of that sphere. Anyway! We got a bit of a cold spell here in Tokyo last week, and it seems like autumn has come early. While ...

The Anatomy of the Herbivore Boy

Throwback Thursday drops by again, this time with a piece on the supposed herbivore phenomenon in Japan, which is still getting press both domestically and internationally.  Note: This post was first published in August 2009 as a script for the Nandeyanen Podcast (a project my friend Vix and I started when we both ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 27, 2014

Back in Tokyo and quite possibly rid of the jet lag, I'm not sure. Regardless! Fun stuff going on this week:     Music/Fashion/Other The lovely lads in BRADIO have released their second mini-album, and the first music video from it is up and ready! A great track, and as with all their songs, very easy ...

The Lingo Labyrinth: 5 Swedish Words You Already Know (Part 1): Chemistry

I thought I'd take a break from the Japanese words in English and switch over to Swedish ones, possibly inspired by my recent visit to the homeland. Betcha didn't know there area whole slew of Swedish words we use in English too, didya? ^^ There's not soooo many, but probably enough to help on Trivia Night, should the ...