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Dec 16, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

しまじろう(Shimajirou) is a beloved Japanese children's animation character.  Think of him as the Barnie (do kids these days even know who he is?) equivalent, but less menacing and more adorable.  The lil tiger helps you out with problem-solving-skill development, language acquisition and observing the world around you.  

Why am I talking about Shimajirou when I'm talking about memes? 

Because THIS: 

He's using a string phone and where is the cup placed?  NOT AT HIS EAR. 

What are we teaching little children nowadays?  To place a phone to your cheek, and listen carefully. Now take a look at Shimajirou's mom:

 

Clearly the creators of Shimajirou have some basic common knowledge to review. 

My next favorite meme involves "FROZEN", or otherwise known in Japan as "Anna and the Snow Queen".  

"Let it go" invaded the land of the rising sun with more ferocity than in the USA.  You don't believe me?  Near my aunt's house in Osaka, there's a dollar store that is open 18 hours a day, with "Let it go" on repeat.  18 hours of "Let it go".  That's not even that crazy.  Japanese people can't pronounce "Let it go", so it's just "Lelligooooo". 

This little girl is just like "STOPPPPP! PLEASEEE!" 

I felt the same way too, until this AMAZING THING SURFACED ON THE INTERNET: 

Look at that sumo wrestler, creating snow flakes from thin air.  You can almost hear him singing the song!  I couldn't handle this image when I first saw it.  It's spot on.  By the way, if you needed reference: 

Last but not least, although not strictly Japanese (because they're not of Japanese origin.  Someone in America made it): 

Noisy isn't quite the right translation.  I think there's more of a wailing connotation, and kanji characters originate from traditional Chinese, so...

But, if you live in America, you speak American.  If you live in Japan, you speak Japanese. 

THIS IS JAPAN. 

THE END.  It's entirely possible that my humor isn't funny to anyone else, and it should be kept to myself.  That's fine.  If you have any thoughts on this, share it in the comments section.  

Do you know any other Japanese memes that are funny?  Link them.  

 

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Dec 10, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

As a Japanese American, or Nikkei-jin, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Japan, or about being Japanese.  These questions are mostly all harmless, and some of them are really stupid.  Other ones are really annoying.  

So, here’s my attempt to shed some light on the subject.  This post will inevitably be biased, but bear with me.  At least it’s short (I have a hundred more of these ready, if I get a positive review).  

Q: Do Japanese people eat sushi for every meal?
A: Japanese people don’t eat sushi every day. 

 

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I recently had the total misfortune of going on a business trip to Japan with an enormous culture vulture.  This dude literally thought that everything in Japan was pokemon, studio Ghibli and sushi.  He wanted to eat sushi for every meal possible.  Do Americans eat hamburgers every day?  Do Indian people eat curry every day?  Nope.  Right.  C’mon guys. 

Also, this is a big one for you too: 

 

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Q: Doesn’t the Japanese writing system go up and down, with three different kinds of writing styles?  How do you keep up? 
A: Because I can read and write.

 

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I know that this question isn’t actually stupid, but the thing is, it’s just a part of the language.  There is no greater mystery to it, and Japanese is a way easier language than English.  To keep it as simple as possible, kanji is the writing system that is borrowed from the Chinese.  It’s more symbolic, with meaning behind each character.  Even if you don’t recognize a character, it’s easy for you to figure out what someone meant to write.  Hiragana is essentially the Japanese alphabet.  Hiragana is the writing style that is phonetic, so that you can read letter to letter.  Katakana is the exact same as hiragana, but used primarily for “borrowed words”.  Foreign words, usually Western words are written in katakana.  As far as the writing structure going up and down goes, Japanese can also go left to right. 

Q: Do Japanese people celebrate Christmas? 
A: Yes, but in the strictly materialistic way. 

 

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Lose all religiosity.  Only presents. And pretty much the second coming of Valentine’s Day for couples.  It’s not an official holiday, and there aren’t very many christians in Japan.  For the more elderly couples, many hotels host dinner shows featuring major singers, actors, and actresses. 

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Dec 07, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

ONE PIECE is a beloved Japanese manga series that revolves around pirates.  It's in an unknown era, sort of like Full Metal Alchemist.  Somewhere in a universe where people have super human powers, there are pretty much magical scientific advancements, and everyone wants to be a pirate.  The premise is just so uplifting.  The characters are charismatic and dumb.  Friendship is real. And the food is awesome. 

I recently stumbled upon this youtube video, originally taken from Nico Video, of this dude who recreated the ONE PIECE meat.  

I'm really not sure what kind of living creature produces meat that looks like that, but this dude managed to make a real-life version of it out of a mixture of mystery meats. 

Check it out below. 

These are the reasons why I'm so amazed.  I'm more amazed watching this than watching the video of those bros who made the Turducken.  

- There's 4 kg of meat used 

- They had to use paprika and yogurt (in meat?!)

- The video is 5 min. long but I think it takes over 2.5 hours to make this 

- Who would eat that much meat in one sitting?  What kind of poop would you produce by the end of consumption?

I know that I'm usually pushing people to buy things from iTunes Japan, but THIS TIME I'm going to link you to the free webpage for ONE PIECE comics in color. The downside to this is that it's only up to volume 10 though.  You should make an iTunes Japan account, and check it out.  

P.S. LOVE IS ALWAYS A HURRICANE. 

Also, holy crap, ONE PIECE has been an ongoing series since 1997.  That's practically a lifetime.  17 years.   

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