Japanese language

What does a kanji with 12 “kuchi” radicals mean? A look at weird, forgotten Japanese characters

Three dragons and three clouds…A straight line…An upside-down “child”…What could they mean?

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Why is there a fish on this Shake Shack Japan T-shirt?

The linguistic and cultural reasons behind the design of one of our burger-loving reporter’s favorite pieces of clothing.

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Japan’s Kanji of the Year revealed, reflects both the good and the bad of 2022

Single character with multiple meanings chosen as the kanji that best sums up 2022.

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Pokémon Center apologizes for writing model Nicole Fujita’s name as Nicole Fujita

Even native Japanese readers had trouble spotting the problem in collaboration announcement.

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Apprentice geisha fire drill in Kyoto leaves Internet charmed and chuckling【Video】

”Kaji dosu!”

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Apparently Tucker Carlson never read our explanation of Japanese breast-related vocabulary.

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Japanese public broadcaster issues apology for calling a train a “train”

Rail otaku take NHK to task.

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The hidden meaning of the U.S. Air Force’s “shake and fries” patch in Japan

Special technique to help newcomers acclimate to life in Japan gives Japanese Twitter users a smile too.

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Yahoo! Japan finds most alphabetic and katakana words Japanese people want to find out about

GJ on YJ for TCOB.

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Japanese elementary school student teaches us all how to pronounce English like a native speaker

Sometimes the youngest students can be the smartest learners.

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Japan Weather Association creates new words to describe merciless summer heat

Sometimes “Atsui!” just isn’t enough.

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Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave, hopes to change attitudes

Governor of Tokyo wants people to stop saying the old term because paternal leave is not a vacation.

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Shochu brand Iichiko produces an anime short which leaves us warm and fuzzy inside

The story focuses on a father-daughter relationship, future dreams, and how two long-running Iichiko poster advertisements connect them all.

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Turning a crazy cheap country Japanese house into a home — Step 1: Tegowashi【SoraHouse】

”This is gonna be tegowashi.”

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Japanese schools banning nicknames, mandating use of -san divides opinions

Proper manners, or forcing kids to be too polite?

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Why are there different counters for animals and people in Japanese?

This will change the way you think about counting things in Japanese forever. 

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This Japanese supermarket has either the kindest or cruelest slogan, but no one’s sure which

We have it all? Keep your mouth shut about our poor selection? It could go either way, because of a Japanese language quirk.

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Why are some types of Japanese rice written with completely different types of Japanese writing?

Katakana is usually for foreign words, but there’s a whole class of Japanese-grown rice that has katakana names.

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Pikachus perform classical Japanese dance routine for Japan’s most famous cherry blossom song【Vid】

With sakura in bloom, a trio of dancing Pokémon give us a moment of beauty, something to smile about, and a Japanese language lesson.

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Students in Japan get free point on entrance exam because of typo, Internet says they got off easy

Fukushima Board of Education admits mistake, but it’s hard to imagine it made any difference.

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