Scott Wilson

After getting bored with high school French, Scott came to a crossroads in life whether to study Japanese or Native American Mohawk instead. Mohawk's lack of kanji was its ultimate downfall, and Scott hasn't looked back since. After years of non-stop sweating while working as a translator in sweltering Okinawa, he moved back to his native, delightfully frigid Massachusetts to work as a private Japanese tutor. His hobbies include re-reading One Piece for the hundredth time, dreaming about Shakey's Pizza, and getting feedback on stories he's written from both his wife and cat.

All Stories by Scott Wilson

Japan to add first new symbol to maps in 13 years, can you guess what it means?

It’s not for labeling popsicle stands, or caves, or tongues, or…

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Ridiculous Japanese anti-drug poster tells would-be addicts to just eat udon instead

We’re not sure if we’re supposed to laugh or cry at this official prefectural poster.

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What’s in a genre: do you think a novel can be “shonen?”

Is “shonen” for manga/anime only, or can books join the battle too?

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Pikachu carved out of pure butter melts hearts and eyeballs on Twitter

Butter is clearly an artistic medium that had yet to be milked to its full potential.

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Translator at Japanese marathon under fire for calling African athletes “cute chimpanzees”

Completely unacceptable.

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Japanese dads reveal the shocking secret behind their daughters’ “homemade” Valentine’s chocolate

A different kind of love is the secret ingredient here.

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These side-by-sides of Pokémon and baseball players with matching haircuts are super effective!

Some major league hairstyles here.

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Japanese Twitter user wins free ice cream for a year, surprised that’s what they literally get

If you ever wanted to know what a full year of ice cream looks like, here’s you chance!

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Japanese Internet confused and intrigued by sudden influx of “choking Sasuke memes”

Sometimes humor doesn’t translate between languages… even if there’s no language involved.

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Japanese netizens react to picture that disappears if you stare at it for 20 seconds

Get ready to learn some unfortunate facts about our feeble human minds.

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Japanese publisher to release photo book of beautiful… delivery women?【Video】

Sagawa Express is trying to show off their feminine side.

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Drunk Japanese vice principal stumbles into girls bathing area on field trip, urinates, loses job

A three-step plan to wreck everything.

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Edo-Period Japanese book depicts U.S. history in hilariously awesome illustrations

It may not be historically accurate, but it’s one-hundred percent real!

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Mario Segale, the man whose name inspired Nintendo’s “Mario,” dies at age 84

Without him, who knows what the name of the famous video game plumber would be.

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We investigate which conveyor belt sushi restaurant is best for drinking alone, drowning regrets

Kappa Sushi, Kura Sushi, and Sushiro. Which pairs best with contemplating past mistakes?

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10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why?

The linguistic reasoning may surprise you.

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China planning on sending massive “artificial moon” into orbit in 2020 as a giant nightlight

If having one moon is good, then having two moons is twice as good, right?

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Niigata school superintendent resigns over improper use of Japanese word for “you”

The linguistic error was seen as insensitive in light of a horrific situation.

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“Death day” quiz trending on Japanese Twitter uses data to predict the exact date you will die

Do you want to know the precise minute of your own death?

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We ate “pizza-buns” from four different Japanese convenience stores to find which reigns supreme

There can only be bun.

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