Bookstores in Japan rule because you can find the stranged books. Take for example this one. It’s a book about how to make various desserts for your dog! Follow the links to see some examples.

Counting in Japanese

Counting in Japanese is much harder than counting in English. First of all there are 2 counting system. Most of you have probably heard

  1. ichi
  2. ni
  3. san
  4. shi
  5. go
  6. roku
  7. shichi
  8. hachi
  9. kyuu
  10. juu

etc… but there is another,

  1. hito(tsu)
  2. futa(tsu)
  3. mi(tsu)
  4. yo(ttsu)
  5. itsu(tsu)
  6. mui(tsu)
  7. nana(tsu)
  8. yo(tsu)
  9. kokono(tsu)
  10. tou

The second counting method is a prefix which is why I put the tsu in parenthesis. It also only goes to 10. After that you switch back to the 1st but it is used quite often. Then to make it more compliated there are exceptions

First of all, in the first counting system, 4 can be yon or shi and 7 can be nana or shichi. I depends on what you are using them for.

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More Japanese Emoticons

I think I’ve metioned the differences between western emoticons \:-) and Japanese emoticons <^_^> but here are a few interesting ones.

Kushiya Monogatari

Do it yourself fried food!

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who needs gold?

Encouraging your Children

You never know the kind of things people will think up. The other day I was walking through Toys R Us in Odiaba and I found this
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Hello Kitty TP

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"low" is the name of a small cafe / d.j bar in Aoyama.

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So I have some interesting news. I went Snowboarding last Friday. My first time. I fell and fell and fell and then I fell some more and then I had lunch. Then after lunch I went out and I fell some more and some more and then again I fell some more. You get the idea.

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In America we have the famous after Christmas sales.  In Japan, as the biggest holiday of the year is New Year’s Day they have after New Year’s sales or Hatsu-uri, literally "first sale".  But on top of that, one of the big traditions during this time is the tradition of Fukubukuro pronounced foo-koo-boo-koo-row.  Fuku means surprise, bukuro means bag.  In English we would call them "gab bags"

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