Japanese language

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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Japanese first grader wins math contest by quantifying “which hiragana are the hardest to write”

The search for the objectively hardest hiragana.

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Translation trolls Japanese Elden Ring player as he tries to unlock nighttime fortress event

Auto-translated messages are all just part of the challenge in the Dark Souls successor.

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Meow’s that? 2022’s ranking of the top cat names in Japan

For the third year in a row, this particular name takes the top spot for all felines, male or female.

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American’s Japanese calligraphy gets called “cultural appropriation,” Japanese Twitter disagrees

Messages of thanks and support come flooding in for shodo beginner.

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Passing the JLPT N1 — Here’s how I did it, so you can too!

Strategies to take down the N1 final boss.

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