Japanese language

Top Japanese baby names for 2016 feature flowers and other flora on both boys’ and girls’ lists

Names with auspicious and beautiful meanings appear often in parents’ top picks.

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Survey asks Japanese women for the details of their “showdown lingerie”

When you’ve got a big day ahead of you, sometimes a little fashion-based boost can make all the difference.

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Video compares the Japanese, Korean, and American Pokémon theme songs and Pokéraps 【Video】

Which country does the Poké-songs the best?

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Buzzword Awards: Top 10 buzzwords used by Japanese high school girls in 2016

How many of these words have you heard before?

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Survey finds more than half of Japanese women’s nieces don’t call them “aunt”

Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.

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Is Japanese language becoming less discriminatory towards women?【Women in Japan Series】

The status of women in Japan is changing and the Japanese language is being modified along with it. Let’s see how women are viewed these days by surveying some of the modern Japanese words used to describe them.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most confusing Japanese counter words【Weird Top Five】

English has “heads” of lettuce and “loaves” of bread, but Japanese is even worse.

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Foreigner accused of shoplifting tea in Japan, label to blame 【Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan?】

It’s often said that freedom isn’t free. In Japan, Free Tea isn’t either.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest kanji ever 【Weird Top Five】

Kanji, go home. You’re drunk.

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Iketara iku: A simple Japanese phrase that people in Tokyo and Osaka take completely differently

Survey suggests that east Japan and west Japan interpret the common invitation response in almost entirely opposite ways.

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Should you say “Itadakimasu,” Japan’s pre-meal expression of thanks, when eating by yourself?

Our Japanese-language writer used to give himself a pass, until he encountered a woman who changed his mind.

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Do you know some Japanese? Test out your skills with this Japanese “math” puzzle

Can you bend your brain to turn “three” into a “ball?”

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12 strange Japanese names for Western sports, from “fighting ball” to “reject ball”

Are you ready for some armor ball?

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Grammar Nazis exist in Japan too! “Ra-nuki” fanatics get put in their place by Twitter user

No “ra-nuki” for you! No “ra-nuki” for you!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most offensive Japanese swear words 【Weird Top Five】

We’re going beyond baka today. (Obviously, this is not safe for work due to language.)

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Kyoto accidentally calls all old people “terrible drivers”【Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan?】

Japan’s most polite city inadvertently throws shade on elderly motorists.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most perfectly translated Pokémon names【Weird Top Five】

Which of the original 151 had their names translated best from Japanese to English?

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Japanese netizens discuss the ulterior meaning of “kawaisou” (how sad/pitiable)

Be careful when breaking out this one; sometimes the person you’re pitying doesn’t want your pity.

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Words they don’t teach you in Japanese class: How to say “straw man” in Japanese

Could a straw man survive the attack of even a single sumo wrestler?

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese【Weird Top Five】

Japanese is a crazy language, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read More

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