Japanese language

Genius shares the magic phrase to instantly shut down sales pitches in Japan

Four little, and polite, words are all you need to instantly convince a pushy salesman to move along and leave you alone.

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World’s first moaning hiragana character either a stroke of genius or just plain weird【Video】

Foam shaped into hiragana word reacts to massaging, stroking, and poking with eye-raising exclamations.

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Five magic Japanese phrases to know before starting a job in Japan

Gomen and kudasai are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these.

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Tightening regulations lead to a new code word for schoolgirl-themed porn in Japan

Some complain that the rose doesn’t smell as sweet with its new name.

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“People who break sakura branches are idiots” – Twitter outcry over cherry blossom accessories

Japanese proverb sternly reminds social media users about an often forgotten way in which cherry blossom trees are extremely delicate.

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The simplest, most direct way to protect your umbrella from being stolen in Japan

Sometimes, a not-so-gentle reminder is all it takes to make sure your belongings continue to be yours.

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“Cherry blossoms of the heart” — The 10 most popular Japanese names for girls in 2017-2018

Baby name suggestion website compiles list of its users favorite names for they’re considering for their daughters.

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Japanese government tells teachers not to be so strict, at least about some kanji radicals

Students rejoice and adults gripe as the government Agency for Cultural Affairs declares some writing “rules” undecided.

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Female convenience store clerk accidentally fends off robber in Tokyo with two simple words

24-year-old cashier literally wasn’t in the mood for any antics.

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Japanese government says Internet slang is too hard to understand, issues guidelines for netspeak

The Agency for Cultural Affairs’ National Language Subcommittee of the Cultural Deliberation Council asks people to be easier to understand online.

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How to enjoy Japanese idol music if you hate its sweetness: Pretend they’re not singing about YOU

There’s black comedy gold waiting in the titles of AKB48 idol hits, and our one tiny trick reveals it.

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Russia’s gold medal-winning skater gets a dog from Japan, picks an unusual Japanese name for it

Alina Zagitova wants to give her new Akita Inu a name that means “victory,” but there’s one thing she might be overlooking.

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Video teaches Japanese schoolgirls how to pick panties out of their butts without anyone noticing

Lingerie maker seeks to address the annoying problem called “PK.”

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Should saying thanks at a Japanese convenience store go without saying?

Manners maketh the man. Unless he’s at a convenience store, according to some Japanese social media users as debate over manners erupts.

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Tokyo’s first “breast slash” cafe is opening soon

The Japanese language has a word for everything, and this cafe is all about the love of “paisura.”

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New Japanese dictionary acknowledges that otaku aren’t “lacking common social intelligence”

Still says they’re “abnormal” in their passion, though.

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Cool design on Japanese posters lets you look at kanji upside-down for a whole new meaning

Don’t strain your neck! We’ll show you what they look like the other way.

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Japanese dictionary’s definition of “LGBT” draws criticism for inaccuracy on the “T” part

Critics call for revision to brand-new edition of one of Japan’s most trusted and influential language resources.

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Japan’s kanji character of the year for 2017 is “north”

Because one of Japan’s Asian neighbors had the nation’s eyes looking north again and again this year.

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Learners beware! Even Japanese people agree that their language can be really ambiguous

Un! Uun! Un? Three words that sound awfully similar but have totally different meanings.

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