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28 September 2010 @ 04:32 pm
Today and.. Japan meme day 07 - Which...  
It seems like there have been less people posting on lj recently (at least on my friends list).. Is there something going on, like a convention or something, that has a lot of people out of town or busy? Living in Japan, I don't often stay ahead of the news of what's going on overseas.. does anyone know what's up?

Hmm... yesterday was a nice, relaxing day. I did work on things, but it was just signing and packaging and things like that. Nothing that required any real brainpower, just time and a bit of energy. So it was a low-key day, and I relaxed with M finally. ^-^ Soooo nice! I feel like I was recharged! So now I have the inspiration to work on things again! The "work" never ends, it seems. XD

I think that I will answer lj comments, draw one picture of something (what?), then write a letter to a friend, and then work on my manga name. Tomorrow I think that I'll reserve for working on Denkiki again, but today will be manga. =) Maybe I can catch up on some tv series finally. (I like to watch while I'm eating or something, if I'm alone. It's only then that I really feel like I can pay attention without guilt :3)

And the Japan meme continues!! :3

Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)

When I'm talking in english here in Japan, a lot of my friends understand japanese, so japanese slips in a LOT. Innocuous things like "sou sou sou!" (when agreeing with something/someone), "un!" (same), "naruhodo!" (I see!), "etto..." ("hmmm, ummm, etc") are all over the place.

And there are also things that, in my mind, have absolutely no english equivalent, that I use even when someone doesn't know japanese. Then when they bring it up ("um, what does ____ mean?"), I have to think about it to answer. The thing is there are english equivalents, or at least translation, but nobody uses them! For example, something everyone uses, "sushi." Who goes around and says "I wanna eat some raw fish for lunch!" (And not as a joke/tongue-in-cheek?) LOL. Okay, I guess I do, on occasion. But everyone knows sushi and samurai and stuff like that.. I think.

Some things that I can think of that I use in this way (besides the super-obvious sushi/samurai/ramen/karaoke, etc :3):

- Keitai (Cell phone). This has got to be the biggest one. Keitai. I confess that I completely think of it as being english, and something that everyone knows. In the english magazines in Japan they use it freely. But we forget that people who don't live in Japan don't use this word! It's so common that it's really surprising. I really forget that people outside of Japan don't use it! x.x;; (I'm so sorry! I also type it on my blog.. if you ever don't know a word that I type, please feel free to ask me!)
- Shinkansen (Bullet train). This one is obvious, I guess. I remember having to look up the word "shinkansen" the first time that I heard it, because I had no idea what it was (it was in an english article somewhere). Now shinkansen = shinkansen. =D I've never ridden the shinkansen, I must fail as a foreigner living in Japan. I'm probably the only one who's never ridden the shinkansen. x3;;
- Hanami (flower viewing parties done primarily in the spring under the sakura trees) "Hey, let's have a hanami party this Sunday?" "Anybody wanna do hanami next weekend?"
- Let's shopping. Arguably not japanese, I think it's sort of unique to Japan, and you see phrases like this on posters all over the place. The grammar is bad, but somehow it's also really funny! So friends and I use this a lot :3
- Live. As in a live event, concert, etc, things like that. The word is originally english, but as far as I know (at least in America?) it's not used this way. "I'm going to see Kimeru's live next Sunday," etc.
- Genki (It means happy, energetic, etc, depending on how you use it). "I feel really genki today!"
- Natsukashii na.. (How nostalgic..) Several times, I haven't been able to remember the english equivalent, lol.
- Onigiri (rice ball), and various food like that. Tempura, yakiniku, tako (octopus), chah-han (fried rice), gyoza, udon, etc. "I really want some deep-fried vegetables today"... err, no :) Fruits and vegetables, I use a lot too. Kabocha (pumpkin), satsumaimo (japanese sweet potato, not anything like an American sweet potato/yam, really, but good on it's own, especially with butter!), chinsuko (Okinawan butter cookies), kaki (persimmon), ichigo (strawberry), suica (watermelon.. also conveniently the name for the train pass cards used on JR railways here)
- Dorama (drama, as in asian television drama only), and words like that.
- Shashin (photograph) "Can you take a shashin?" LOL it sounds weird, but I've done it before :3
- Purikura. You know, those pictures that you take in a photo booth with a bunch of friends and make stupid faces and poses, then draw all over them?
Like this:

I really want to take some more purikura!
- Densha Otoko. (train) Or more commonly, (train station line)+sen, or (station name)+eki. "I'm going to take the Yamanote-sen to Ueno-eki." For some reason "sen" and "eki" seem a lot easier to say than "line" and "station." Maybe this is because I never, ever, ever took the train before coming to Japan. I'd never even seen a commuter train. I thought trains were only for people who chose to travel eccentrically long distances (I didn't know anyone who had), or for freight. Saw the freight trains all over. But people traveling in them? Daily? I had no idea how that kind of thing worked. Actually, it was a HUGE learning curve for me when I came to Japan, and I clung to a huge map that my first job gave me, super-paranoid that I would get lost. It was SO stressful.
- Koen (park), Onsen (hot spring), Ryokan (japanese-style inn) and travel words come up a lot too. =D
- Salariman (office worker, more-or-less.. basically a guy that wears a suit all day every day, that sort of image. Also oyaji (old man), obaa-san (old lady, usually kind of derogatory- "gah, what an annoying old obaa-san! >-<"), etc.
- Manga, anime, etc, and words that correspond to them, like screentones, name (kind of like a storyboard for a manga), etc.

I suppose that's enough? There are a lot more words than that =D It gets increasingly hard and hard to remember that a word isn't english, when I use them all of the time in day-to-day life =3

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)

Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?


And a little bit extra, the

Two-worded answer meme.., ganked from the lovely mippa

Answer the following in two words only!

1. Yourself:
Artistic chick =D
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend:
Love LOVE
3. Your hair?
Long straight
4. Your mother:
Team!Jacob fan (^^;)
5. Your Father:
Tall skinny
6. Your Favorite Item:
Iphone, desk
7. Your dream last night:
Can't remember!
8. Your Favorite drink:
Green tea~~~~~~~♡ (or milk♡♡)
9. Your Dream Car:
Yellow jeep!
10. The Room You Are In:
Main room
11. Your Ex:
Jeeeeeeerky jerk. :(
12. Your fear?
Ants, dying
13. Where you want to be in 10 years?
Happy, in!love
14. Who you hung out with last night?
Mako♡, Me
15. What You’re Not:
Short, modelicious!
16. Your Best Friend:
Fun, relaxing
17. One of Your Wish List Items:
Gorgeous smile.
19. The Last Thing You Did:
Write on twitter
20. What You Are Wearing:
Shirt, shorts
21. Your Favorite Weather:
Beach weather! (stole from you Melissa because YES!)
22. Your Favorite Book:
Mysterious Island (,The. By Jules Verne)
23. The Last Thing You ate:
Homemade muffin
24. Your Life:
Happy, fun
25. Your Mood:
Happy, content
26. Your body:
Tall, thin
27. What are you thinking about right now:
Mako-chan, weight
28. Your Crush:
In love♡
29. What are you doing at the moment:
Writing (in) lj
30. Your fall schedule:
Non-exciting
 
 
Current Mood: artistic
 
 
 
L.impressioniste on September 28th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Some of it (less people around) might be that people are back to school / college / etc now.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
OH! School started!! OMG that makes total sense now! I completely forgot about school overseas starting now! (LOL and I haven't been in school for more than half a decade, it seems like the distant past, lol)
(no subject) - impressioniste on September 28th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - impressioniste on September 28th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on September 28th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - impressioniste on September 28th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
az1989az1989 on September 28th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Good thing you're recharged and ready to work work work! XDDD

shinkansen....u never took shinkansen even though u're staying in Japan? O.O!!! *shocked*.....*still shocked* XDDDD

i understand what u mean when people starts to speak English but Japanese just tends to slip! XD i did it quite a few time with my friend and ROFL! she was confused when heard it.

Most of the time, people get confused when I talk about manga instead of comic and Keitai instead of cell phone. D=

but it's a pretty common thing that happens without the speaker even noticing it. XDDDD

and regarding to your question about lesser people posting in lj? for me, i just got lazy with typing. =X
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
See what I mean? I wonder if I'm the only gaijin who hasn't taken the shinkansen!!

It's just that it's so expensive, I could never afford it. With a round-trip, you're usually looking at $400 just to go to Kyoto or something, right? It's so much cheaper to take the bus or even fly, which seems ridiculous.
(no subject) - az1989 on September 28th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on September 28th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - akibare on September 28th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mayasasuke2itachi3 on September 28th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Its great that you got to spend time with your boyfriend! Hope you guys had fun :D Its your 6th month anniversary right? :3

&& Purikuraaaa im living in japan now and i take so many of them and clog up facebook lmao. btw i would totally love to meet you someday! <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
It is, later this week! =^-^= I can't believe that it's already been 6 months!

Maybe we will meet one day! ^^
ext_269312 on September 28th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Expat Arrivals Contribution
Hi-

I’m the editor of Expat Arrivals.com (http://www.expatarrivals.com), a site devoted to developing comprehensive destination guides aimed at easing expat transitions abroad. I came across your blog while doing research to enhance the Japan portion of our site, and I really liked your most recent post about the integration of Japanese and English. I was hoping I could convince you to share some of your expat insight. We’re constantly looking for contributors, and in exchange, we can give our writers promotional profiles where you have the opportunity to promote yourself, your blog and your business. Would you be interested in adding some content to Expat Arrivals? Thanks for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you!

Best-
Stephanie
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: Expat Arrivals Contribution
Hello Stephanie,

Thanks a lot for the opportunity. (*^-^*)

You didn't leave an email address, so I'll use the contact form on your site to contact you.
秋野 ふじこakinofujiko on September 28th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Funny enough, even though I don't live in Japan, a lot of those words I'd probably use as well. >< Like Shinkansen, purikura, hanami and live. But I think that's because I've been so influenced by japanese culture for such a long time. ><;;;

Words like manga and anime are so inbuilt into me as well that it's hard to say comics or what they call it here in aus 'graphic novels'.

I guess it helps that I studied japanese as well ... and watch too many dramas so I'm used to hearing them too. xD But yea, words like natsukashii really work much better in japanese than in english.
Melissa D. Johnsonmippa on September 28th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
You know, I think I'm going to do the Japan meme. I've been gone for about two years now, but it still feels like a bit of my heart is there.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
You should!!

And omg has it really been two years already? My how time flies, it feels like you just left a few months ago!
(no subject) - mippa on September 28th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Wee Lisaweelisa on September 28th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
A lot of people have made the jump to Facebook. I'd say 90% of my Friends' list no longer posts. It's too bad because I love LJ and don't love Facebook - but I was forced to follow them.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm really sad to hear that. I mean, I like facebook too, but it's just not the same as livejournal and you can't really use it in the same way at all.
shinegrlleastlikely on September 28th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
seems a lot of people have went over to facebook and only post here very rarely. i just can't get into facebook for more than a week at a time.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 28th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm..! That's too bad. I like facebook myself and all, but it's not really the same as livejournal. :(
akibareakibare on September 28th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, Shinkansen. I only ever called it that my whole life, in both languages, all was fine.

Fast forward to 2000, I decide to make a trip to travel around Japan and take one of my neighbors with me (from Illinois).

We decide to go from Yokohama to Osaka. So, of course we will get the Shinkansen. For this, we need to go to the NEW Yokohama station (新横浜駅), I explain this to my friend, it's not the station we've been at, we have to go to a different one, because the Shinkansen doesn't use the normal track. Okay.

So we arrive, we're on the platform. It has gates, because most of the fastest trains don't bother to even stop at Yokohama. "Wow it has gates" "yeah, because the Shinkansen is fast." There were no trains in there. We sit and have vending.

Then there's an announcement a train is passing through. Okay. Then it DOES! And it's one of the really fast Nozomi ones and it makes huge wind everywhere, and it was hilarious, my neighbor's eyes opened large and he says "woah, wait, you mean we're getting the BULLET TRAIN?"

Yes. Yes we are :) I hadn't realized he hadn't been recognizing the name all that time...

As for "Let's Shopping" the Kiosks in the train stations used to all say "Let's Kiosk!" on them, so it became a sort of in-joke with my sister when we want to get snacks we'd say "Let's Kiosk!" even if it wasn't at an actual train station kiosk.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm looooving your 30 days meme, your life it's so excited!
Kate: [Bleach] Captain Ukitakekiyohimee on September 28th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm guilty of not posting as much as I used to. I have all these things, even mindless, but nothing ever comes to it.

go15goreshi on September 29th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
maybe they rather make a post on facebook or twitter
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
you & you
only you & you.
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Nice Purikura!!
Cute smile everyone.
I recommend you to go to Misakikou(三崎港). It's conveyor belt sushi restaurant. That's not expensive. But there are a lot of fresh sushi, soup and etc...

You use "sou sou sou" when if you talk with some Japanese person, you will get high point, also "etto". These are very natural Japanese words.

Good luck!!
~Your Devious Shadow~: Laughing Manmr_endo on September 30th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Don't know about everyone else, but I haven't posted in at least 6 months because I never have anything of particular interest/worth to post about. I'm quite boring.