January 18, 2015

Upside down luck at Chinese restaurants

There are lots of Chinese restraunts here in Japan. Of course, the food is different than what is passed off in other countries ( I prefer American Chinese fare), but I wanted to point out that there is often an upside down 福 (fuku, luck) symbol on the wall. The logic is this:
Upside down symbol is falling. In Chinese, to fall is literally to arrive at the ground. Thus, arriving luck, or 倒福.
Have a look for this symbol on the wall the next time you go out.

December 3, 2014

Planet of the Apes Hachimaki

I and my girlfriend laughed a lot at this episode of MST3K, which I remember watching as a teen, but the funniest part for us was seeing a monkey boy running around town with a hachimaki. Hachimakis are what the working class used to wear as sweatbands. I'm not sure I've ever seen one in the wild, outside of a festival.



You can watch it yourself:

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November 4, 2014

Who drew Howard and Nester? Shuji Imai did.



If you're a child of the Nintendo Power generation and a manga aficionado to boot, you might have occasionally wondered who drew Howard and Nester (the good ones, before a new artist took over).

Recently Howard ebayed off an unpublished comic from the series, as well as the first ever episode's proof. I scoured it for the Japanese information. Does that say Tamura? I thought to myself. Tamura searches were just bringing me a baseball star. But someone on Tumblr said Shuji Imai, and the wikipedia for 今井修司 seems to check out. Unfortunately, he doesn't draw in his classic style anymore.

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October 28, 2014

Karate will see you through this disaster

Sign says:
女性 women
中高生 middle and highschoolers
病弱者 weak and sickly dudes
かんげい welcome
gloss: We welcome, women, children, and the infirm!

大地震 big quakes
大津波 massive tsunamis
大不況 great depressions
にまけるな!don't lose to 'em!
gloss: Overcome all the hardships that nature and the economy can throw at you!

カラテ教室 Karate class
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If you are having problems getting that precious byoujyaku karate teacher sympathy, here is a makeup guide.

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October 23, 2014

Anyways, Just Try It Once

Thought this an interesting way of using 兎に角 (tonikaku, anyway) that we probably wouldn't do in an English ad. It translates pretty much as per this post's title. It seems like the nuance of the Japanese "anyway" is slightly different.
You might note that sometimes I write anyway with an s. It's not really fixed in my idiolect.

February 19, 2014

MOTHER OF MERCY I DON'T SPEAK JAPANESE! Japanese Game Show (SNL)

I remember watching this one as a kid. I had no idea they were trying to speak actual Japanese. They fall far from the mark on pronunciation, but good effort. If I remember correctly, SNL has a Japanese camera or producer that helps out with this kind of stuff and occationally appeared on camera (as fat Sulu, once, for instance). This was fun to confuse the girlfriend with.


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August 15, 2013

GReeeeN - 愛し君へ

I've been known to sing a GReeeeeN song or two at karaoke. Anyways, this video will tickle nostalgia bones, and has a very funny cameo by Black Jack.



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July 18, 2013

July 7, 2013

Yoda Rakugo

This is an image that happens to please me a lot: Yoda as a Rakugo storyteller. GF made out the name paper as saying maybe Taitei Yoda-yu. This comes from the Daikon 4 imagery. I've not yet seen a high-resolution version...

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May 10, 2013

A lot of these characters are not really used in Japanese, but this is one of the quickest guides to how kanji work I've seen.
 

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May 16, 2012

Karaoke: Love is Blue

Older readers may be familiar with Paul Mauriat. He is a composer that was very big in Japan. Japan made superstars (in Japan) out of many instrumental music makers (see the popularity of The Ventures in a previous karaoke post).
I only became cognizant of him after being intrigued by a track of his in the 20th Century Boys movie. But the man provided the background music of my childhood. Here is one of songs, that was a hit in America, in three languages
Japanese:
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French:

English:

Or perhaps you are a purist and just want the orchestral version.
I have a French-fluent coworker, so I think we will tag-team this song.

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March 29, 2012

Karaoke: Webster City Connection Found

I just wanted to take this opportunity to point out that this song existed. I already blogged that part, but I have now confirmed it is available at your closest Utauga karaoke outlet. You can look for it by the name シティコネクション (shite konekushion *snort*) or look for his other songs under エマニエル (emanieru).



Which is more impressive, this or that time Pink Lady had an American TV show? In any case, history is weirder than we were aware.

BTW, yes, I know that most of the old karaoke posts on this site have been milleniumcopyrightact-axed. I'll try to work on fixing them.

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