linguistics

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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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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“Good on the floor?” Five funny times Google Translate drops the ball with Japanese idioms

Free online translation programs have come a long way, but they’re still far from perfect.

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Bevy of busty beauties from the modeling and cosplay worlds take part in pun-based festivities.

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Eat shit and learn Japanese with educational poo-inspired candies from Japan

Professor Poop wants to impart you with kanji knowledge during his temporary stay in your digestive system.

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Japanese tourism poster with elderly man saying phrase for “I’ll have sex with you” puzzles Japan

It turns out he’s just following the local hospitality custom, though.

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Japanese Internet can’t agree on what to call this color, what do you think it is?

Although they do have a perfect, obscure kanji for it.

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Japanese idioms become cute anime girls in latest anthropomorphization video game【Video】

Language is power in Idiom Girl.

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Discrimination fears lead Japanese genetics society to replace words for dominant, recessive gene

But a potential problem is lurking in its proposed revision.

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No, Japan doesn’t have a special phrase for “mansplaining” on Twitter

“FF gai kara shitsurei shimasu” has nothing to do with men or explaining.

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Anime-style English textbook character who stole Japan’s heart now has her own calendar series

Ellen-sensei is back and ready to keep her fans company all year long.

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Chinese bootleg invites us to learn about the wonderful world of anime legend…Guzuo Miyazaki?!?

That’s the familiar Studio Ghibli anime legend on the cover, but with a very unfamiliar name.

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Avengers film’s Japan scenes look just like the real Japan…if you haven’t spent much time there

Marvel Cinematic Universe joins the long tradition of Hollywood productions flubbing the details when setting scenes in Japan.

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Japanese writing system gets turned into handsome anime men with Hiragana Boys video game

Feast your eyes on anime eye candy and learn some Japanese at the same time.

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Teaching English in Japan? New book helps students talk about the Illuminati, alien abductions

Other books leave out key phrases like “Isn’t the president of your company a Reptilian?”, but not this one!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with ironic meanings【Weird Top Five】

It would just be silly if the kanji for “strong” had “weak” in it… right?

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Magazine teaches Japanese using Kemono Friends anime, Japanese netizens can’t stop laughing

And what they find funny probably isn’t what you think.

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Learn Japanese kanji with captivating stop-motion videos created by Tokyo animator

These adorable clips and characters will help you memorise kanji symbols and make you smile at the same time.

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