Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today's Word

Today's word is a song title

我が良き友よ Waga yoki Tomo yo
My good friend (note this is old Japanese)

Today's Word

アメコミ amekomi
American (super hero) comics

The Japanese name for comics 漫画 manga (漫 funny + picture 画) has become an international word, but we still use a foreign word to refer to foreign things.

アメコミ amekomi is short for American Comic アメリカンコミックス(amerikankomikkusu)

Japan is sometimes very conscious of the split between occidental and oriental.

We say 邦画 houga for Japanese and east Asian films, and 洋語 youga for western/European films.

Although many Japanese children grow up with a view of the world that it is made of two countries 日本 Japan and 外国 foreign land(s), we are actually very sensitive about where things come from.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Let's Learn to Pronounce Japanese Sounds

Japanese is very easy to pronounce, much easier than say English. It is based on a very limited collection of immutable syllables which we call 五十音 gozyuuon The Fifty Sounds.
Although there are actually less than fifty base sounds in Japanese, they are arranged into a grid of 5 pure vowels and 10 consonants some of which can be slightly augmented.

The five vowels of Japanese are あいうえお a i u e o, and that is their "alphabetic" order.
あ a sounds likes the a in father
い i sounds like the ee in feet
う u sounds like the oo in zoo
え e sounds like the e in bet
お o sounds like the o in solo

the vowel sounds stay the same no matter which consonant you pronounce them after
か ka さ sa た ta な na は ha ま ma や ya ら ra わ wa

All Japanese sounds are pronounced one syllable, one beat, ending in a vowel
(bonus, this is why Japanese poetry is syllable based 5,7,5 and not stressed or "rhyming")

There is one exception that comes at the end of our syllabary ん nn is pronounced like a mix between English m and n, and never begins a word.

There are some other consonants that might be confusing to foreigners. かきくけこ ka ki ku ke ko is very simple, but
さしすせそ sa si su se so
し si is pronounced like the English word "she" with an sh sound
たちつてと ta ti tu te to
ち ti is pronounced similar to an English "ch" sound rather than "t" = chi
つ tu is pronounced "tsu"

つ is an important letter because if you write it small っ it becomes a symbol meaning "guttural stop." In roman letters this is represented by repeating the consonant it precedes.
Let's practice!
きて kite (ki te = kee tay) means come (please)
きって kitte (ki guttural stop te) means a stamp, or it could mean "please cut"
きいて kiite (ki i te) means listen (please), be sure to pronounce every syllable for one beat

はひふへお ha hi hu he ho
ふ hu sounds similar to an English F, but you don't bite the bottom lip "fu"

There are two other tricks to pronouncing Japanese
゛ dakuten and ゜ handakuten
ゃ ゅ ょ a few more little letters, ya yu and yo

゛ dakuten are too little marks you can put on a letter that mean "pronounce this sound deep in the throat"
it turns
か ka into が ga
さ sa into ざ za
た ta into だ da
は ha into ば ba

Note: the Japanese sound じ zi like the Japanese sound し si sound different to English ears
we already learnt that "si" sounds like "shi"
but "zi" sounds like "ji"

゜handakuten (half deep throat sound mark) only goes on ハ行 hagyou the H row
はひふへほ hahihuheho
ばびぶべぼ babibubebo
ぱぴぷぺぽ papipupepo

And the last thing you have to know is!

You can write や ya ゆ yu よ yo small after a consonant in the い段 i dan I row, and make a new sound
So き ki becomes きゃ kya し si (shi) becomes しゃ sya (sha) and so forth
you can use it if the letter has dakuten or handakuten as well ぴょん pyon

It is important to know that Kya is one syllable, not Ki A. Wikipedia

はつおんの れんしゅうを がんばって ください
hatuonno rensyuuwo ganbatte kudasai
Please work hard your pronunciation practice!

Today's Word

有袋類 Yuutairui

有袋類(ゆうたいるい、Marsupialia)は哺乳綱獣亜綱後獣下綱の1グループ。 (wiki)

Marsupials are a subclass of mammals.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Today's Word

七面鳥 Sitimentyou

A gorgeous whole roast turkey beaming from the Christmas table

Today's Word

税 Zei

Citizens are obligated to pay tax as the law dictates. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today's Word

Let's learn some names for Japan

日本 Nihon/Nippon
This is the normal name for Japan

日出処 Hiiduru tokoro
Land of the rising sun (old, poetic)

御國 Mikuni
This is an old honourific name for "the country". It uses pre-war letters and feels very nationalistic.

The field rich with reeds. This is a poetic name for Japan, it implies great beauty.

侍の国 Samuraino Kuni
Land of Warriors(samurai) ... it is popular to think of Japan as a land of Samurai, like it is popular to think of England as a land of gentlemen or knights

神の国 Kami no kuni
God's country ... this is an old religious and nationalistic name for Japan, based on our local religion 神道 shintoh

日本国 Nipponkoku
This is an official nation name

日の本 Hi no moto
This is the Japanese rather than Chinese reading of Nippon, it means root of the sun

大和 Yamato
Yamato means the foot of the mountains, it originally referred to what is now Nara Prefecture where the ruling dynesty resided and was used to refer to Japan as a whole before there was a proper name for Japan.
It is still used in words like 大和魂 Yamatodamasii meaning the Japanese spirit.

倭国 Wakoku
This is the ancient Chinese name for what is now Japan

Today's Word

日系人 Nikkeizin
The descendant of Japanese parents

This word generally means a Japanese born outside of Japan

ハーフ Haahu
A half Japanese child

Note: do not use the word 混血 konketu mixed blood

純血日本男子 Pure Japanese Youth (boy) ... definitely avoid this word

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today's Word

強姦 Goukan

note: 強姦 is used to name a crime, it is a noun. In slang we can say レイプ reipu, and the verb "to rape" is 犯す okasu.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today's Word

怪談 Kaidan
Tale of Horror

怪談(かいだん)とは、怖さや怪しさを感じさせる物語の総称。日本古来のものを限定して呼ぶ場合もある From
Tales of Horror is the collective name given to stories intended to inspire fright or suspicion. It can be used specifically to refer to horror stories of Japanese origin as well. 

Today's Word

高所恐怖症 Kousyokyouhusyou


Experimentation reveals a medicine effective against acrophobia

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today's Word

キリン Kirin

A giraffe is a mammal with a long neck

Today's Word

パン Pan 

Bread is best when it is freshly baked

Tomorrow: another new word

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pepsi Caribbean Gold

Famous for annually releasing eccentric new flavours like cucumber, baobab, and mont blanc, the new product we've all been waiting for from Pepsi and this year's topical flavour is "Pepsi: Caribbean Gold". A shining gold soda that will be flavoured with white sapote.

White Sapote is harvested when it is still young and relatively hard and then allowed to ripen after picking. It is soft and easy to eat.
The very strong sweetness of the fruit makes it easy to forget that it's a member of the citrus family and the flavour is something like a mix between a banana and a pear.

Let's learn Japanese
新商品 sinsyouhin

New Product 

Chinese Girl stirs up conversation

A Chinese Beauty with huge eyes like a cartoon caricature draws attention

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長屋):2011/06/29(水) 17:24:27.12 ID:9Iemr7RB0 ?PLT

Previously we had the "just like a shop window manequin" Chinese beauty, but the topic du jour is even more astounding.

Here name is Koko. She has the long legs and arms matched with a slender body type that conjures images of a girls' comics heroine . But what really draws attention is her eyes!

On first seeing her bulbous peepers one is at first shocked and draws comparisons to characters in girls'  comics. It is uncertain whether her eyes were always this enormous, but the effect of make-up does make them look larger still.

On Chinese message boards she received fevered responses of horror, "Seriously scary!" "This is too frightening!" "Is she a ghost!?" and "I felt the fear of death." Others postulated that the images had been photoshopped.





Here you can see video of the Chinese Belle 

Let's learn Japanese
眼 me

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Man falls to death avoiding Football

サッカーボール避けバイクの男性(87)骨折→認知症→翌年、食物誤嚥で死亡 蹴った少年の親に1500万円賠償命令
An 87 year old man fell from his bicycle avoiding a flying football and received many broken bones → developed dementia → and the next year died of pulmonary aspiration ... Family seeks 15000000 JPY in reparation from the the parents of the boy who kicked the ball.

1 :有明省吾 ◆BAKA1DJoEI @有明省吾ρ:2011/06/28(火) 12:19:17.54 ID:???0

In an Oosaka court a case has been opened to determine if a 19 year old boy is responsible for negligent behaviour when he was a 5th year primary school student and kicked a football out of the pitch which caused a man passing by on his bicycle to fall and at the age of 87 lose his life.

According to the boy's defense, in February 2004 he was doing free kick practice at the school pitch when a kick aimed at the goal flew over the school gate and rolled onto the street. A man on a bicycle attempting to avoid the ball fell and broke his leg. After that incident he developed symptoms of dementia and in July of the next year accidentally intook some foodstuffs into his trachea and died of pulmonary asphyxiation.

The boy's defense claims "He kicked the ball towards the goal like normal, there's nothing in illegal in that," but on the 27th the decision came that, "Depending on the manner in which the ball was kicked, it would be possible to foretell its traveling into the street. Because the boy was a minor at the time he has no legal responsibility, however his parents are responsible to pay restitution."

3 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:20:41.75 ID:gzs1o7Ih0
きびしいな Wow that's strict

4 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:21:03.11 ID:ZM9YAF3E0
これはメチャクチャ This is all messed up

7 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:21:51.29 ID:L+QCGSgB0
直接の死因ならまだしもなあ Even if it had been the direct cause of death I'm still on the fence about this one

44 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:25:47.97 ID:OVO5IMoG0
Ignoring the child, isn't the problem here that there was a net to catch stray balls behind the goal?

20 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:23:35.46 ID:lxkl6cue0
Rather than the boy and his parents, isn't this the schools fault for positioning the goal in a way such that balls might fly into the street?

385 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:46:15.68 ID:ZM9YAF3E0
Even if someone was held responsible for that it would be the contstruction planners
It's completely unbelievable that they would seek restitution from the child's parents

24 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:23:51.68 ID:413Wy/520
How is breaking your leg linked with dementia anyway?

66 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:27:51.23 ID:4rUmvSZq0
Immobility can addle the mind easily
The body also weakens rapidly, so for a lot reasons a broken bone in the eldery is very dangerous

31 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:24:29.16 ID:Ypiy5i/h0

I think it's definitely bad to just kick and throw balls around with no regard to where they might go.
But in this case rather than the actions of the child, I think the blame rests with the school.

32 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:24:30.80 ID:CTspaF000

Why didn't the sue the school and the city for not making it such that the ball couldn't fly out in the first place

34 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:25:08.81 ID:3opJpjOeI
What if a child had ran out into the street? Would that be the same thing

302 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/06/28(火) 12:40:58.24 ID:lwZHwX5p0

If it had been a child instead of a ball than the fault would lie with the old man

Let's learn Japanese! 
骨折 kossetu
A broken bone

Monday, June 27, 2011

Akiko Wada voices complaints re: Lady Gaga's charity

和田アキ子、レディ・ガガの寄付金額に不満 「稼いでる割に少ない」
Akiko Wada, re: Lady Gaga's charity donation "It's not very much for how much she's earning"

1 名前:禿の月φ:2011/06/27(月) 06:18:16.00 ID:???P
額に不満?アッコ ガガの震災寄付金「少ない」

This is the news that Akiko Wada (61) said on her TBS programme "Leave it to Akko" on the 26th re: Lady Gaga's recent earthquake relief donation that the amount wasn't particularly impressive.

Lady Gaga donated approximated 240000000 JPY including some of her own pocket money for the restoration of areas effected by the great eastern Japanese earthquake. Mrs. Wada said "For Gaga who makes 720
0000000 JPY per annum, I don't think it's very much."

Instead of the Japanese response today, let's learn a little bit about Mrs. Akiko Oda.

Akiko Wada was born Bokja Kim in Japan. She is what is called a 在日韓国人 or Japanese Resident Korean. They are Korean families left in Japan after the second great war, although now they are many generations living in Japan they don't have Japanese citizenship or voting rights.
Many live in poverty and the perceived crime rate is very high. In Japan it is common manners to ignore this problem, and the average Japanese attitude is "Why don't they just naturalise if they want to be citizens?" (There are many issues related to national identity which I won't address here)
Mrs. Wada became a naturalised Japanese Citizen when she married the CEO of her Production Company. That is how she got the name Akiko Wada. Previously she sang under the pseudonym Fukuko Kaneumi. Since her first marriage she has been divorced and remarried several times.

Akko-san as she's known is very famous for being highly opionated. Her past is filled with incidents, some violent, but she always assumes the moral high ground.

She's the sort of persistent celebrity that everybody loves to hate and loves to be hated.

Let's learn Japanese!
在日 zainiti
Koreans in Japan

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Girl Gamers in Japan

Girls "The female characters in Final Fantasy aren't cute! Make some girl characters that are cute from a female perspective!"

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/26(日) 16:12:05.30 ID:2fBW5XRl0 ?PLT
スクエニHD第31回定時株主総会レポート ■質疑応答
Square Enix 31st Stock Holders General Meeting Report : Q&A

Mr. Oda "What do you want to see Square Enix do to promote itself?"

Several respondents "A live action commercial for Dragon Quest 5! We want to see Yuuna from Final Fantasy 10! Do a collaboration with Devilman!" 

Mr. Oda "What do you think about the games?"

One respondent "The girls aren't cute!! My daughters were complaining that the female characters were annoying and unattractive when they quit Final Fantasy. Make some female characters that are cute from not just the male but also the female perspective! Don't change the cuteness of the Dragon Quest characters though! That's the sort of thing we're looking for.
Also, you made a film once didn't you? Let's leave that to the professionals from now on.

Mr. Oda "That sort of opinion is very important to us ... lol... I see."



Let's see the Japanese response!

2 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/26(日) 16:12:29.29 ID:C8JQvRKU0
そして誰もいなくなった And then everybody went away

6 :名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:13.90 ID:K918F3xb0
男視点でもFFキャラは魅力ねえよ  FF characters aren't attractive from a male perspective either!

7 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:14.97 ID:LaztukUB0
リノアみたいのが増えるのか So we'll get more like Rinoa then?

9 :名無しさん@涙目です。(宮城県):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:24.59 ID:9FzjpJ1a0
また一段と劣化が進むな And the deterioration continues 

10 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:32.46 ID:HBZueTxO0
Like what then?
I thought Garnet was pretty cute.

14 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:56.62 ID:JMf2edLg0
Please just give us a male character that's cool from a male perspective
We've had enough rent boys already

242 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/26(日) 16:32:02.32 ID:KTT8+WYL0
The guys don't think the male characters are cool
The girls don't think the female characters are cute

FFってなんなんでしょうね WTF is FF anyway

11 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/26(日) 16:13:32.68 ID:Wnnr2hZb0
A cute girl from a female perspective = one with a bad face

16 :名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):2011/06/26(日) 16:14:15.48 ID:1ALQMgft0
自分よりブスを出せってことだろ Basically make characters that are more minging than the girls playing the game 

Let's learn Japanese! 
ブス Busu

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lady Gaga comes to Japan

レディー・ガガ、まぶたに目を書いて会見に登場 「日本に住みたい」
With eyes painted on her eyelids, Lady gaga announces at a conference "I want to live in Japan."

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/25(土) 20:10:12.55 ID:uRmOTp9G0 ?PLT

The artist  Lady Gaga arrived in Chiba on the 25th as one of the top batters for the musical event "MTV Video Music Aid Japan." After her performance she answered questions from reporters.

Lady gaga appeared wearing thick gold studded boots and no bottoms. When she removed her sunglasses, eyes could be seen painted over her eyelids which she laughed off in front of reporters saying, "What? Is something funny?" Afterward she never opened her eyes throughout the conference.

Let's see the Japanese response

2 :名無しさん@涙目です。(石川県):2011/06/25(土) 20:10:38.28 ID:OU2ba8bD0
コントかよw What is this, some sort of pantomime? 

8 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/25(土) 20:11:18.97 ID:NvD184D60
こりゃ寝てないな Those eyes look like she hasn't been sleeping well

12 :名無しさん@涙目です。(山形県):2011/06/25(土) 20:11:37.78 ID:SFwAZQb10
コメディアンか何か?  Is she a comedienne or something?

15 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東日本):2011/06/25(土) 20:12:01.04 ID:/WPwBZv80
芸人になってほしい  I wish she would become an entertainer

21 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/25(土) 20:12:49.23 ID:kOJySum80
ヘタな芸人より面白い時があるから困る She's funnier than some entertainers sometimes, that's the problem

17 :名無しさん@涙目です。(不明なsoftbank):2011/06/25(土) 20:12:15.85 ID:qkEZSIQp0
前衛的からキチガイにジョブチェンジしてるんだよな・・・  She's preemptively job-changed to madwoman

18 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/25(土) 20:12:16.70 ID:aQ2odNCv0
I thought before that she was playing somebody without any sense
but now I think she's someone without any sense who's playing a person who's playing someone without any sense

37 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/25(土) 20:14:02.54 ID:t7DMepzE0
二次元イメージしてるだろ……  She must get these ideas from the world of 2d

34 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/25(土) 20:13:39.71 ID:6YZlRTfC0
絶対に笑わせに来てるだろ、こいつ。 This is definitely a ploy to make us laugh

43 :名無しさん@涙目です。(広西チワン族自治区):2011/06/25(土) 20:14:36.90 ID:Umjt5Q67O
狂気の底が見えない  I see no end to her madness

44 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/25(土) 20:14:37.58 ID:oO/DGvZ30
Hey! quit trying to play off this bullshit by calling it art, you're just a comedy routine

46 :名無しさん@涙目です。(北海道):2011/06/25(土) 20:14:40.41 ID:p92bI56q0
どこまでやったら怒られるか試してんな  She just wants to see how far she can go before she upsets someone

49 :名無しさん@涙目です。(和歌山県):2011/06/25(土) 20:14:44.48 ID:kgYseiA50
アメリカの志村けん It's America's Ken Shimura! 

Let's learn Japanese! 
気違い kitigai
Mad/senseless/in bad taste

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cold Tea Syndrome

"We are drinking tea from Shizuoka City" project begins ... participants names are revealed on website

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/24(金) 14:25:04.35 ID:6zMyrrj00 ?PLT
After tea produced in the Kiyomizu district of Sizuoka city was determined to contain excessive levels of radioactive caesium, the mayor Mr. Nobuhiro Tanabe announced on the 23rd that he would begin the "We are drinking tea from Shizuoka City" project. Mayor Tanabe has said, "By taking the initiative to drink locally produced tea ourselves, we can allay negative rumours." 

The project has the government and local businesses working together to purchase and promote the imbibing of locally produced tea. By revealing the names of participants in the project on the internet, the hope is that fans of Shizuoka Tea will increase in number.

Let's see the Japanese response

2 :名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):2011/06/24(金) 14:25:20.76 ID:H47aIEbY0
二度と飲まねえ I'll never drink it again 

7 :名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:00.29 ID:cj4mx5IY0
嫌がらせだな This must be some sort of prank

10 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:12.42 ID:nKb9DYLS0
キチガイが考えそうなことだな It's the sort of rubbish a madman would come up with

11 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長屋):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:14.35 ID:fMi8sTGX0
逆効果な事しかしないなこいつ This guy doesn't do anything that doesn't have the opposite effect he desired

13 :名無しさん@涙目です。(西日本):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:36.83 ID:ArYSsxJT0
ホント馬鹿 What a fucking ijit

18 :名無しさん@涙目です。(岡山県):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:50.48 ID:ff5A03p+0
知事だけでなく市長そっち側かよ So not only the governor but even the mayor is on their side, huh!

12 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:33.90 ID:WNov7RBy0
どんな意味があるんだ  What's the point of this 

16 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:47.60 ID:JCxNmMRD0
隔離リストか A list of people to keep away from, huh?

19 :名無しさん@涙目です。(山梨県):2011/06/24(金) 14:26:55.59 ID:DACM5XEN0
私汚染されてます!って実名で公表されるようなもんだろ They're basically announcing "Hey, I'm contaminated!" and using their real names

30 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/24(金) 14:27:45.67 ID:2zVwLH+f0
さらし者じゃねーかwThey're being pilloried lol! 

Let's learn Japanese
お茶 otya

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Old(ish) Chinese News

(Because the last post made me feel like I was stirring up animosity between Japan and Korea)


A boy who was about to jump to his death was saved when suddenly a girl he didn't know kissed him ... China 

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/22(水) 11:05:16.77 ID:pdkzXTAc0 ?PLT
In Canton Province, China, a boy who was planning to jump to his death lost his will to commit suicide when a girl who was passing by kissed him. The girl pretended to be the boy's girlfriend and embarked on this brave mission, Chinese press reports.
June 11th, a 16 year old boy was planning to jump from a pedestrian bridge. A 19 year old girl who saw this lied to the people gathering saying that she was his girlfriend and approached him to convince him not to do it. Before long the girl embraced the boy and boldly kissed him. Suddenly being kissed by a girl he didn't know, the boy lost the will to die and was rescued by the fire brigade.

Let's see the Japanese response

3 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/22(水) 11:06:07.96 ID:KsHr4BP40
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r;:   r'´        ヽ ヽ
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r-i.     、_,.: .::/
!:::;::! ::.、     .:::r,!
l::::::::ト __` 二..-',r'::::-、
l;::i' l:     ̄,.rt':::::::/   ` -、
,r' ´  ヽr'ヽr'i::::::::;!'´

ソレナンテ・エ・ロゲ[Sorenant et Roage]
(1599~1664 フランス)

16 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/22(水) 11:07:27.91 ID:MrzXAtKP0
ちょっと中国行ってくる。 brb, going to china 

18 :名無しさん@涙目です。(関東・甲信越):2011/06/22(水) 11:07:33.83 ID:jhRgLsR9O
ちょっと自殺の演技してくる brb, going to fake a suicide attempt

29 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長屋):2011/06/22(水) 11:07:57.74 ID:5ZLfKWoZ0
He must have been really unpopular with the ladies if one kiss was all it took to bring him down

31 :名無しさん@涙目です。(秋田県):2011/06/22(水) 11:08:06.14 ID:5ZVPNuvX0
やっすい命やな  What a cheap life

11 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/22(水) 11:06:51.19 ID:DGUyPnDyP
早く画像早く。 Somebody post pics NAO!

36 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/22(水) 11:08:25.91 ID:pdkzXTAc0
画像あったわ  pics





49 :名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県):2011/06/22(水) 11:09:38.28 ID:+ueRT5UG0
顔見えないな I can't see his face

52 :名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県):2011/06/22(水) 11:09:45.37 ID:CWpv8cdn0
3枚目硬直しててワラタ He went stiff in the third pic lol

75 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/22(水) 11:11:10.41 ID:XVtsop//0
こんなアグレッシブにキスされたら硬直するわ絶対 You would too if you were kissed this aggressively

76 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/22(水) 11:11:14.08 ID:8com3ICsP
WTF is china like a porn world?

99 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/22(水) 11:12:45.64 ID:puHY5rWAi
意味不明にもほどがあるだろw  This is just beyond belief

118 :名無しさん@涙目です。(九州):2011/06/22(水) 11:14:25.13 ID:X2zsi2igO
He played out in his head the girl saying "When you come down we'll continue what comes after the kiss" 

Let's Learn Japanese
飛び降り自殺 tobiori zisatu 
Suicide by jumping from a high place

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cunning at the World Pastry Team Championship

Korea plays tricks on Japan at the World Sweets Championship

1 :ニューソックスφ:2011/06/21(火) 21:28:44.70 ID:???0
You can see the video at this link
1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(中部地方):2011/06/21(火) 19:51:47.84 ID:XqcSpzwt0 ?PLT


Why did the ice cream melt?
In fact, the Korean team left the refrigerator door open longer than necessary.
Left wide open for some reason
No matter what, we didn't want to loose to Japan. 

You left the refrigerator door open on purpose while you were working
If you don't close it we will determine it to be interference against the Japanese team
If you do it again, we will deduct points mercilessly

Let's learn Japanese!
嫌がらせ iyagarase
A dirty trick/a prank

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

30 year old Police Woman arrests 14 year old boy

A 14 year old 3rd year middle school student was arrested by a 30 year old Police woman after lifting her skirt and touching her bum.

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(愛知県):2011/06/21(火) 09:12:21.97 ID:q5nDsBh/0 ?PLT

The boy (14) was arrested in Kyoto prefecture on charges of indecent behaviour (molestation).
The boy is alleged to have been riding his bicycle along the road when he came up behind a female police officer, lifted her skirt and touched her bum. According to the police the suspect confessed "I started having interest in women, so I touched it half playfully."

According to the police bureau, this sort of molestation crime has been occurring frequently on the streets of late when women are making their way home. It had been suspected that because of reports of the individual's stature and clothing that it may be a young boy.

Let's see the Japanese response
4 :名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):2011/06/21(火) 09:13:44.01 ID:Hzw9Ijg90
将来有望だな This kid's got a bright future 

5 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福島県):2011/06/21(火) 09:13:51.60 ID:ucUFp+yy0
> 女性警察官(30)Female Police Officer (30)

ババアじゃん What an old hag!

6 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/21(火) 09:14:20.69 ID:YOn9gtxx0
Why of all people would you touch a police officer's butt!
That's one strike you're out!

54 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/21(火) 09:26:26.85 ID:XZ+X0e0P0

突っ込みどころは(30)のほうだろ You should rather wonder why he touched a 30 year old woman's butt

8 :名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?):2011/06/21(火) 09:14:32.75 ID:WgTNWJt/i

He's only 14, let him off with a slap or a lump on the head
She wasn't very mature, was she

11 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長野県):2011/06/21(火) 09:15:23.54 ID:9/sLJJql0
It's a cute prank!
You have to overlook this sort of thing. 

Let's Learn Japanese!
痴漢 tikan

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fluff News (news without content [about people who don't matter])

Worried about contaminated school lunches, a mother sends her child to school with a box lunch ... the only child to bring their own lunch to class

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/19(日) 22:26:22.91 ID:6YFzo0QA0 ?PLT
Fighting an invisible enemy, a mother protects her child! Mrs. Ayumi, a resident of Chiba Prefecture, hasn't been feeding her first year primary school child the school lunch since she started school: for fear of radiation contamination. She tells the school the reason her daughter can't eat the school lunch is because of allergies, but in reality she is worried about contaminated foodstuffs. For her eldest daughter who is the only one in class to bring a box lunch, the mother meticulously prepares the same lunch that is on the school menu. 
"I would hate for her to be bullied because of my fault."

On the 21st of May, her daughter came in from the rain with a rash on her forehead. "I worried that it might be because of radiation." On the 23rd, radioactive material was discovered in the Tokyo public water supply. Panicked, the mother and daughter got on the train and evacuated to a weekly flat in Kyoto, but because of her daughter's entrance ceremony they would have to return to Tokyo.

Since then they've stopped eating out completely, and get their vegetables from Kansai and eggs from Kyuusyuu. Because of the increased expenses they limit their water intake to bottled water: 4litres per day, to do the washing up they use an office water cooler.

Let's see the Japanese response to this mother's uneducated reactionary approach to disaster.

2 :名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):2011/06/19(日) 22:27:10.52 ID:vSUx5Ff60
引っ越せよ Just bloody move!

4 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/19(日) 22:27:49.44 ID:DKFaaOub0
そこまで貫くのはすごいと思うよ  I think it's impressive she takes it that far

5 :名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):2011/06/19(日) 22:28:02.34 ID:KthNTWZQ0
その弁当ははたして安全かな?( ̄ー ̄)ニヤリ
Ah, but can you be certain those boxed lunches are safe?

10 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/19(日) 22:29:14.41 ID:+AvSS7pO0
I guess it's the maternal instinct
But at this rate the mother will have a mental collapse first

15 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/19(日) 22:29:59.63 ID:hhu4w36P0
In 4 years time we'll see how right she was

18 :名無しさん@涙目です。(京都府):2011/06/19(日) 22:30:41.44 ID:n+dRmdpj0
When something goes this far it's not good for the mental health

19 :名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):2011/06/19(日) 22:30:48.88 ID:B4qF1Mv50
もう汚染されてる。In a way it's impressive she took it this far... although it's pointless. Everything is already contaminated. 

Let's learn Japanese

精神衛生 seisin eisei
Mental Health

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's perfectly fine!

静岡知事 「飲用茶にすれば問題ない」 仏での放射性物質検出受け

The Governor of Fukuoka "If you make tea from it, and drink it, it's fine" RE the discovery of radioactive materials in a local tea export to France

1 名前:依頼710(大阪府):2011/06/18(土) 21:23:53.71 ID:b8usxEcl0 ?PLT

"Even if the produced tea had ratings of 1000 Bq, if you dilute the tea in boiling water like you would to drink it, it comes out to only 10 Bq. It's perfectly fine to drink." say the results of an individual study within the prefecture reinforcing the safety of their local products.
Furthermore the governor announced that he would "secure the information, and expediently monitor the export routes."

Let's see the Japanese response! 

2 :名無しさん@涙目です。(不明なsoftbank):2011/06/18(土) 21:25:11.09 ID:ONzkdYoR0
これが放射脳か。 So this is the effect of radioactivity on the brain!

3 :名無しさん@涙目です。(山形県):2011/06/18(土) 21:25:20.44 ID:6gRWP9510
黙れ川勝 Shut up Kawakatu!

9 :名無しさん@涙目です。(関西地方):2011/06/18(土) 21:26:46.83 ID:U5sjLN9/0
高濃度汚染茶 うめぇええええええええええwwww 

Mmmm delicious highly contaminated tea

11 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/18(土) 21:27:07.62 ID:8o3eftcZ0

16 :名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):2011/06/18(土) 21:28:15.91 ID:bEcoxlIN0

Do you think this logic will pass on the international stage?  

17 :名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県):2011/06/18(土) 21:28:24.33 ID:3oeDqUZb0
Would the people of Fukuoka please shut this old man up!

Japanese Green Tea exported to France found to contain Dangerous Levels of Caesium

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長屋):2011/06/18(土) 11:25:50.96 ID:OZT9Ffue0 ?PLT
The French government reported on the 17th, that customs at L’aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle when inspecting imported Japanese green tea from Fukuoka Prefecture that the tea contained levels of the radioactive material Caesium exceeded the prescribed limit of 1038 Bq per kilogram. 
This is the first discovery of radioactive caesium from a Japanese import product since the Fukusima Nuclear Power Plant accident prompted tested.

Let's see the Japanese response! 

21 :名無しさん@涙目です。(長野県):2011/06/18(土) 11:28:50.71 ID:dbEtAsRx0

ARGH!! This is shame of Japan.

25 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/18(土) 11:29:12.05 ID:8DcO4boc0

This sort of thing is why the whole of Japan's reputation is in tatters!

29 :名無しさん@涙目です。(USA):2011/06/18(土) 11:29:40.14 ID:WVs2AyO70
Because of the fault of the government for not stopping an irresponsible tea producer, other Japanese products will receive a huge hit to profits.

31 :名無しさん@涙目です。(四国):2011/06/18(土) 11:29:57.52 ID:uctSvFlDO
日本の信用がた落ちだな… Japan's clout  has fallen

36 :名無しさん@涙目です。(岐阜県):2011/06/18(土) 11:30:15.52 ID:/mLAL6gAP
1000 becquerel is so high it's slightly glowing
No wonder they got caught!

37 :名無しさん@涙目です。(西日本):2011/06/18(土) 11:30:18.61 ID:UeGl6x9Z0
The domestic limit is 500Bq! 

I can't believe they exported something at 1000Bq lol 

Let's learn Japanese!
放射性 housyasei

Friday, June 17, 2011

We've finally reached single digits!

1 名前:禿の月φ:2011/06/17(金) 14:11:38.86 ID:???P


This is the news that the General Producer of Morning Star Television, Tomohisa Fujii, tweeted yesterday that their television viewership entering prime time finally reached above 1 percent of the audience.

Let's see the Japanese reaction to this news

7 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:14:28.40 ID:rbaEDn4Y0
I don't watch television so I don't know if there's anything on worth watching

9 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:14:31.82 ID:U+QYK/SVO
It can't be helped

11 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:14:36.66 ID:9TFv2Guu0
It's all a bunch of stupid annoying celebrities anyway... Especially Yoshimoto

17 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:16:01.78 ID:ck6n8MXA0

What they need in the 7 o'clock time slot is more detective shows and costume dramas.

24 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:16:27.33 ID:Kz3iQ7Rz0

Last time I turned on the TV all they had was shows with people stuffing their faces and inane quizzes

34 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2011/06/17(金) 14:19:08.57 ID:OpCJ0/RSO
It's because they only play shows they want to show viewers
not shows that viewers want to see

What is your response? Recently it's been a phenomenon in Japan to say this generation has moved away from the things the last generation enjoyed. 
This generation of Japanese people doesn't eat fish anymore! They don't watch telly! Fruit sales are down. 

I think most of it is rubbish and young Japanese people don't do the things older Japanese people do because the economy doesn't allow it, or because new technology has replaced the old ways. 
Some of it I think they are making up. Like "this generation prefers showering to bathing". 

But the television stats hold true. I think it's because they don't have the budget to produce a lot of programmes. 

Let's learn Japanese! 
視聴率 sityouritu

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Light Truck plows into group of Children on their way to School


This is the story of an eighteen year old girl who waved to her little sister on the way to school, and then rammed into a group of children with her light truck. 

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府):2011/06/16(木) 12:23:02.13 ID:4AprdXqC0 ?BRZ
登校中の児童が軽トラにはねられ重傷 恵那、運転の少女逮捕

In Gifu Prefecture, on the 16th at 7am, a group of 11 primary school boys were hit from behind by a light truck operated by an 18 year old girl. Amongst the boys some were hit hard in the abdomen and sustained severe injuries. The girl was arrested on the suspicion of driving with a suspended license.

 Let's see the Japanese response!

15 :名無しさん@涙目です。(群馬県):2011/06/16(木) 12:25:29.03 ID:8Yej2NGO0

lol an 18 year old girl in a light truck, she's a real man isn't she lol

19 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福井県):2011/06/16(木) 12:25:55.03 ID:fJEaY7ev0
Cars go in the direction you're looking, so you should be careful.
I guess my warning was too late though.

23 :名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県):2011/06/16(木) 12:26:28.23 ID:63nglfrv0
She was waving goodbye to her freedom.

24 :名無しさん@涙目です。(中部地方):2011/06/16(木) 12:26:40.51 ID:76HRrZdt0
わけだから マジこわいか あれっこれってアブナイの?の
From the kids point of view a young girl was smiling and waving to them as her light truck came hurtling at them. That's gotta be really scary.

31 :名無しさん@涙目です。(鹿児島県):2011/06/16(木) 12:27:08.94 ID:9e7JMa+z0
この妹間違いなく学校でいじめられるだろw Her little sister is gonna get bullied at school for this

28 :名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区):2011/06/16(木) 12:26:56.73 ID:BYc9eRpN0
Because of her big sister the little sister will be teased and become a truant
The big sister will be sacked and become a whore

Let's learn Japanese!

マジ怖い mazi kowai
Really (fucking) scary

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Filler and more Anime News

Tomorrow if everything goes according to plan there should be a translated news post like normal.

Until then, here's a video introducing the upcoming Japanese cartoons for the Summer 2011 season.

Maybe you recognise some cartoons returning with a second series, if you're really into Japanese comics maybe you see some of your favourites being animated for the first time.

I know Japanese cartoons are so popular throughout the world that "anime" and "manga" are international words now!

Let's learn Japanese! 
漫画 manga (漫 funny +画 picture)

Schedule Change

Due to a legal kerfuffle the editor of this blog regrets to inform you that daily updates may not be possible for some time.

We will still continue to bring you all the best translated news articles from Japan, but at a less frequent pace.

Let's learn Japanese!
申し訳ありません mousiwake arimasenn
My sincerest apologies

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mr. Spit is arrested.


This is the news that after collected the saliva of some 200 little girls for more than 17 years, "old man spit" has been arrested. 

1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府):2011/06/14(火) 15:57:06.37 ID:0iLYArut0 ?BRZ
女児から唾液収集 「つばくれおじさん」逮捕 200人分のテープや容器を押収
55 year old Tosihiko Mizuno, unemployed, was arrested in Tokyo by the Police Force for Ensuring the Safety of Women and Children, or Sakura Police as they are commonly called, on suspicion of engaging in lewd activities. He is charged with calling out to little girls on the street and on the pretense of doing a research project involving saliva, video taping the girls as they spit into a film case. 

According to the police, the suspect Mizuno is recorded as having confessed, "I wanted to make the girls my own, but I couldn't take them home with me, so I took their saliva as a human souvenir. I must've called out to 4000 little girls in the last 17 years.

Let's see the Japanese response!

24 :名無しさん@涙目です。(鳥取県):2011/06/14(火) 15:59:12.76 ID:R8pNhWNS0
無害だから許してやれよw It's harmless, let him off

33 :名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府):2011/06/14(火) 15:59:51.41 ID:eiKIJM4B0
わしのヨダレでよかったらナンボでもあげるがな  If he wants it I'll give him all of my drool that he wants.

37 :名無しさん@涙目です。(大分県):2011/06/14(火) 16:00:05.95 ID:56yq1WMz0
Normally you would drink the saliva, but he's actually preserving it. Amazing!

46 :名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府):2011/06/14(火) 16:00:30.13 ID:A83bozhj0
Well, it's pretty perverted, but he's not committing any sexual crimes, and he's getting the permission of those spitting ... I think we have to say this guy is a real gentleman.

49 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/14(火) 16:00:33.04 ID:wTy+JC260

and it's not like he isn't doing some sort of research with spit 

Let's learn Japanese! 
唾 tuba

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gundam AGE begins in October

Japan is now world famous for our cartoons. After Sazae san and Doraemon, you can't get anymore famous than Gundam!

Today's news is about the launch of a new Gundam series.


1 :名無しさん@涙目です。(不明なsoftbank):2011/06/13(月) 17:48:20.45 ID:1Uywb0+z0 ?PLT
ガンダムシリーズ新作は「機動戦士ガンダムAGE」 2011年10月に放送開始
The animation company Sunrise has announced on the 13th of June that they will begin broadcasting a new Gundam series "Mobile Suit Gundame Age" starting from October, 2011.
Along with this announcement they have opened a public site with information about the new series and its characters.


Let's see the Japanese response!

7 :名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍):2011/06/13(月) 17:49:29.04 ID:h9ydwuca0
誰が見んの? Who's gonna watch this? 

17 :名無しさん@涙目です。(関東・甲信越):2011/06/13(月) 17:51:14.88 ID:VizKZb27O
見る前から漂う糞臭 Even before watching it, it stinks of shit

20 :名無しさん@涙目です。(徳島県):2011/06/13(月) 17:51:30.49 ID:8VrHqR1QP
発表会のキャプまとめ  Screenshots from the announcement




799 :名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):2011/06/13(月) 18:44:49.84 ID:/jRfgs8S0
ターゲット層は小学生か。 What is their target audience elementary schoolers?

296 :名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都):2011/06/13(月) 18:10:34.63 ID:GpxrM1Jp0
どんな判断でこれGOしたんだよ真性なのか? Who okayed this? Are you serious!

676 :名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県):2011/06/13(月) 18:36:01.36 ID:6EuU0xrh0
There's no real reason for this to be Gundam, is there?
Kids these days have enough entertainment anyway, they won't even be attracted to Gundam.

21 :名無しさん@涙目です。(奈良県):2011/06/13(月) 17:51:32.60 ID:RDq6M8410
ガンダムAGEはこうなる This is what's going to happen to Gundam Age


The DVDs won't sell
People will complain a lot at first, but its nerdy fanbase will still increase

Children won't watch it
The toys will sell the same as every year

24 :名無しさん@涙目です。(岐阜県):2011/06/13(月) 17:51:51.32 ID:f/A8dms10
No matter what happens, it can't be worse than OO

What are your opinions on this news? Have you seen a Gundam cartoon before?

Let's learn Japanese!

アムロ、行きます!こいつ 動くぞ!Night Ver 正面

This is Amuro, ready for go! ... This thing moves! 

What are your opinions on this news? Have you seen a Gunda
Did you know we have a full size Gundam statue in Odaiba? 

Note from the Editor: I don't know the English line for the famous phrase アムロ、行きます! 
So if you know it, please comment.