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Monday, August 21, 2017

My Favorite Author: Haruki Murakami

Reading books was a drag when I was in middle and in high school since I had to force myself to read since it mostly deals with academics (i.e. mainly English classes that made us act like robots). When I began reading it like a hobby, I learned that it was pretty cool since I could broaden my horizons without doing any boring assignments and essays for a grade that means nothing in the future.

Image result for haruki murakamiI was at a Barnes and Noble at Louisiana State University for a dual-college program, and I saw a book named "Wind/Pinball" by the author Haruki Murakami. I ignored it at first since I had nothing else to do, and I was just walking back to my dorm just to take a nap. However, every time I come back to Barnes and Noble, I began to drastically become interested in it. Finally, after a week going back and forth looking at the cover, I finally made up my mind to purchase the book and read it. Even though I didn't really finished reading the book, the author interests me.

It's not the "since he had a Japanese name, I automatically like it" kind of thing. It's more of his writings and his stories made me drawn into his stories even more. Last summer, I read his book called "Colorless: Tsukuru Tazaki", and I loved every single word he made. The stories gave some dialogue onto what was the problem, the lessons I've learned from it, and how I drawn into the story a lot more up until that I can't think about anything that's going on right now since I want to know what's going to happen next.

The story deals with a guy named Tsukuru Tazaki, and he was "forced" by Sara, his friend-with-benefit to search for his four friends that cut him off during his college years. He searched all around Japan and even went abroad to meet all of his friends and clear off any misunderstanding. He later become more positive and confessed his romantic feelings for her. It was a great story since it had a lot of dialogue as of who are his friends and how did he made a impact on Tsukuru, and (excuse my perverted mind) had a couple of decent sex scenes in the story.

That book was the start of supporting Haruki Murakami as a writer, and I start to being reading more books such as "Men Without Women" and "Norwegian Wood".

When I was boarding on a plane with my dad to travel to Los Angeles to meet his side of the family, I saw a man that was reading a book wrote by Haruki Murakami. I was awed that someone else had the same favorite author that I had, and we bonded immediately. I told him my favorite book from him and he told me his favorite book. We both haven't read each other's favorite books, but I was more surprised that he read a lot more books. Well, I'll take that back. He does look more sophisticated and educated, so reading Haruki Murakami's books was a long-term hobby for him.

In the future, I am starting to pump myself up to reading more of his books and learning more about him. As of now, I don't know much about his writings since he's more into a social outcast character with steamy sex scenes. He's more into compromise rather than saying who's right and who's wrong.

So, in conclusion, my favorite author to read about is no other than the award-winning author that is known to being one of the most prominent writers in the world, Haruki Murakami. I hope that you can read his books more often.

Read more,
Jay Nakamura

Friday, August 18, 2017

My Favorite Anime: Inazuma Eleven

I'll be straight honest: I am not a die-hard anime fan. Never had been, and never will be.

I don't watch any mainstream anime shows, not binge-watching an anime series in one night, and I can't even read manga correctly. I always start going front to back, even thought one page told me that I am going the wrong direction. Yet, I still do that...

I keep on hearing Why you don't watch....? Because I don't have to f***ing watch it. I don't really like that particular anime.

Not everybody likes Attack on Titans. Not everybody likes Bleach. Not everybody likes Dragon Balls. And yet, a lot of die-hard fans get offended by people not liking something they like.

Why would I fall in love with an anime that screams AAAH for ten minutes until they actually do something?

But on that account, there is that one anime that stands out from the rest, and that is Inazuma Eleven. 

Inazuma Eleven talks about a middle school student named Mamoru Endou (surname first) that is a die-hard soccer fan, and his journey from all over the world and all over the universe with his teammates. He traveled all around Japan, played against many opponents, barely winning countless games, made friends from all around the world with different backgrounds, etcetera.

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Inazuma Japan
Even though it was a kids show, I was kinda interested for the most common reason: my love for soccer. Even though it does look like the soccer version of the Naruto series. I've watched the first three to four seasons of it since I really enjoyed the story-line and the comedy that they have from time to time.

One reason that I liked Inazuma Eleven was that it had a comparison between yet again Naruto series. Two main characters had someone in their family that made a great impact in their country before their deaths, and they tried their best to become a better version of the legacies. This is a small spoiler, but Mamoru Endou had a grandfather named Mamoru Daisuke that was one of the best goalkeepers in Japan before his "death".

Another reason is the life lessons that was displayed throughout the series. It has common ones such as being positive, never give up, and love something that you are passionate about (as long as its legal and appropriate). There was one episode that has a stronger life lesson. It was episode 107 and Endou talks to his teammates about how to get stronger as a soccer player. Then, he read to them ways on how to get stronger in his grandfather's notebook.

  1. The heart to never give up no matter what happens: Unrelenting guts
  2. The heart to never fear no matter how strong the enemy is: Confronting courage
  3. The heart to protect those precious to oneself: Bottomless kindness
  4. The heart to trust one's friends entirely: Absolute faith
  5. The heart to remain steadfast no matter the circumstances: Ice-solid composure
  6. The heart to see into the hidden truth: Omnipotent mind's eye
  7. The heart to forgive others for their mistakes: Forgiving strength
  8. The heart to understand the joy and sorrow of others: Empathetic tears
  9. The heart to see what only those with great resolve see: Boundless dreams
  10. The heart to believe in one's own strength: Unwavering confidence
  11. The heart to persist even if one hits rock-bottom: Warrior's pride
I was confused at first because it had nothing to do with becoming stronger as a soccer player, then I though about it for sometime. Why those 11 things would help someone become stronger in soccer? Then it hits me! It's not just becoming stronger as a soccer player, but helps become a better and more kinder human being. It mostly deals with everyday life.

Those 11 things that talks about the heart tells us that we have to be one with ourselves and with other people. That one had made the biggest perception on not just for my interest to that series, but for a lot of things. It helps me mature, forgive people for their mistakes, showing confidence and perseverance to myself, and finally to understand people's joys and struggles better.

In conclusion, Inazuma Eleven is the best anime that I've ever watched, and I'll watch every single episode again. I recommend watching it!

Let's go!
Jay Nakamura

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weeaboos vs. Japanophiles

Non-Japanese people have been struggling with these two words for quite some time. In spite of both words defining passion of Japanese culture in any way, there are many instances that people incorrectly predicted the actions of foreigners showing their passion to the Japanese culture. Today, I am going to shed light on the differences between weeaboos and Japanophiles to show you the actual difference so you can tell which non-Japanese person is a weeaboo or a Japanophile.


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A weeaboo is someone that is obsessed with anything dealing with Japanese or something related to Japanese culture. A stereotypical weeaboo has an unhealthy obsession with mostly the Japanese pop culture. Examples are Japanese anime, manga, J-Pop (Japanese pop music), ramen noodles, sushi, etc. Basically, there are more interested in Japanese pop culture than the actual Japanese culture. It first came out in 2002 as a term used to describe everyone that is non-Japanese that are obsessed with Japanese pop culture. It is mostly used as a degrading slur for people expressing their passion so cringy and uncomfortable. The slur was so commonly used around the Intenet that 4chan censored the word in the message boards. 

There are some anime series that does correlate well with the actual Japanese culture, but weeaboos are more into mainstream anime that are popular either in the present or in the past, and even hentai.

Weeaboos actually know very little Japanese and ferociously used Japinglish (Japanese-English) on daily conversations. For example, That is so kawaii desu. They combined English and Japanese language at the same time, which is completely wrong in any way. Other than that, the majority of weeaboos barely knows the basic expressions of the Japanese language. 

In Western countries, weeaboos are considered to be looked down and described as people that spend a lot of money on anime novelties, watches anime nonstop, and just overall being cringy to look at. Americans constantly mocked them and said that they are mocking and insulting the Japanese culture and the Japanese people. I do understand that everyone have their likes, but in this category, there are limits to liking anime. If someone have 5 manga books and a poster of an anime series, then it's not so bad. However, if someone have a library worth of manga, 50 posters of anime series all around the room, an anime pillow filled with kiss marks, and even an anime schoolgirl uniform, that's too far.

A YouTube video described the word weeaboo and the meaning of it to the Japanese people. While most are glad that non-Japanese people learned about the culture via anime and manga, it'll be more annoying if they do that in America on a daily basis. Furthermore, some might be offended by it since that's what the average Japanese person act and sound like. 

The reason that weeaboos are really bad because they are mad at people when they don't know or did something wrong when dealing with something that is Japanese in front of them while weeaboos don't know much about it neither. They always fail miserably when tested anything dealing with the actual culture. If they have an actual chance of going to Japan, their first destination is Akihabara or anything dealing with anime and manga.

I remembered this one time that a weeaboo tests me to show how many notable Japanese athletes I know since he knows I am interested in sports. I told him about Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Yuta Tabuse, Yuki Togashi, Makoto Hasebe, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kei Nishikori, and finally Shinji Okazaki. He told me that I am wrong, and said that everyone knows about Kuroko Tetsuya (an anime character) and he's the best athlete in Japan. It was just one of those many times that I needed holy water and splash it in someone's face

In conclusion, weeaboos are trying to become Japanese from anime, manga, and other notable pop culture. I am not saying that it's bad to love anime and manga. I am saying that anime and manga should be a start of learning Japanese culture and/or history, not just the ONLY part of Japan.



A Japanophile is a non-Japanese person that know some stuff about a specific thing about Japanese cultures, such as sports, society, fine arts, music (besides J-Pop), mythology, and folklore. They're the people that know something other than the pop culture.

Japanophile are mostly from people that experienced or witness anything from the Japanese culture they are interested. They could be former weeaboos that want to learn more outside of the pop culture.

They learned about the culture either when they study abroad to Japan before, learned Japanese from the Internet, watched YouTube videos about Japanese culture, etc. They wanted to learn more about Japan as a country, not by their notable pop culture.

While Japanophiles are a better description for people that are interested in Japan, the weeaboo craze forcefully made them categorized them as weeaboos as well, despite know a lot more about Japan than the average weeaboo.

Knowing this, nine times out of ten, Japanophiles will have a better chance to survive the culture shock in Japan. But who knows? Some might not handle it a lot better, so it's everyone's game.

Moral of the story: Weeaboos need to broaden their horizons more rather than being stuck on their bubble of pop culture. I know you love Japan, and I am grateful of that, but pop culture is not everything. The more you learned about the culture, the bigger your passions are, and people would treat you more seriously when it comes to Japan.

Jay Nakamura

Monday, August 14, 2017

Perfect Replica of MacBook Air with LEGO Blocks

The one thing that I am envy with Japanese students is that they can make something out of nothing. Even the third graders can cook some delicious meals that not many of American adults my age could do even if they tried. There are some American people that even burned water... Anyway, a college student created something that is almost impossible to make.

A college student from the University of Tokyo (Japan's version of Harvard University) managed to design an exact replica of the MacBook Air with the LEGO Blocks he have from his club.

After looking at the replica and the real MacBook, I was completely shocked at two things: that he was dedicated about the hard work and the creativity that he done with building blocks, and how completely lazy I am with LEGO blocks.

 I would give up immediately after realizing that I have to make a complete replica of a laptop. I couldn't even do the easiest creations with LEGO blocks. I keep wondering which piece is good enough to not break easily.

I remember this one time that I tried to create a basketball court with LEGO blocks after begging my mother to buy it for $20. In spite of the excitement I had when I opened the box, the avalanche of blocks and instructions made me gave up and throw the whole thing in my room somewhere and go back to watching American cartoons (before they suck now).

Looking back at it, now I do wonder if I shouldn't throw away those blocks. Then again, I will give up immediately after reading the instructions and thinking about getting started. Some things never changed...

Have fun,
Jay Nakamura

*Please excuse my absence in the last couple of days. I had a lot of work and family matters that I didn't have enough time nor patience to make some new posts.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Condolences of Atomic Bombing

On August 6th, 1945, the United States use the atomic bomb named "Little Boy" and dropped it on Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped another atomic bomb named "Fat Man" on Nagasaki. The reason that the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki is that it would prevent more American soldiers to die, end the war quicker, and for the Japanese leaders to surrender.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and Monday was for Hiroshima. So, I would like to give out a message:

For the victims from the bombings, the families, friends and survivors of the bombings, and to everyone in Japan, I would like to show my condolences for everyone in Japan that was affected by the bombings in anyway. I would like to say that I am deeply sorry that you guys had to suffer like that. You guys felt pain for a really long time, and I felt really sad to see a lot of Japanese people cried from that catastrophe. 
Also, I would like to apologize for anyone that was offended by the racial slurs that some Americans had done, such as talking about revenge from Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima 2.0, and other things. As an American, it's really unsettling and disappointing that they would say those things just for something that is completely meaningless, such as a soccer game. And yet, they would go that low just because they won a soccer game. It's completely inhumane for them to do such a thing.
However there are the three main things that I am proud of about Japan after that: forgiveness, peace, and grit. You guys forgave us despite our inhumane behavior, dedicated to peace, and you worked really hard to make the country stronger. I am amazed and happy for you guys. In fact, it inspired me to never give up, always forgive, and show peace to everyone in the world.
 I am aware that I will have mixed feelings from that and I completely understand. This incident is extremely touching and a lot of people is not comfortable talking about that, but all I want to say is that I am deeply sorry for anyone that suffered from it. I am not trying to be offensive in any way. I want to show my support for the Japanese community.
 Your pain and your feelings are always in my heart, and I'll hold it tight inside my heart, even after the day that I took my last breath. Please accept my condolences. Losing a close person that you know and love is never easy, and I am hear to support every person in Japan. I want every single person in Japan to know that I am here for you through this difficult time, and I'll do whatever I can to make the country stronger day by day.

Always remembered,
Jay Nakamura

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8 Second Concert

If you are concerned about the last post I made, don't worry. I have something that can make you laugh!

A Japanese rock band named Golden Bomber made headlines by making one of the most creative concerts. On June 29th, fans of Golden Bomber had a concert at a mall in Ikebukuro. Fans waited six hours for their performance.

When the countdown reached to zero, the band rushed into their instruments, played their song "8 second encounter" (ironically), quick thank you, and ran backstage.

Rather than feel cheated for the short concert, the fans went ballistic and said that it was pretty cool. Then, they wanted an encore, so the band came back to perform a lot longer than their first song.

All honesty, after watching that eight second concert, I completely laughed my lungs out because it was a curve ball to see a concert that's less than ten seconds.

I also found out that the band don't play instruments, so they do air guitar. In spite of not actually producing music, their popularity flourished by their "live shows". And people say that air guitar is not popular...

Golden Bomber, I want to say thank you for making me laugh with that eight second concert, and that could be the greatest highlight I could remember for this year.

All I can say is God Bless You, Japan!!

Laugh a lot,
Jay Nakamura

Japanese-Themed-Party in Utah

The Gala Gals made headlines when their post with a mother organized a Japanese-themed birthday party for her four friends. However, the daughter and her friends are Caucasian.

The birthday girl herself was shown in a picture wearing a kimono and wore geisha-style makeup.

Immediately, many people said that it was completely racist for them to do that, and the daughter should not have to learn about that.

Some Tumblr users even compared to her makeup with a yellowface, a ethnic slur that is used to refer makeup used to attempt to make a non-Asian performer to look more Asian.

However,....this scenario is not even halfway there.... There's a difference between yellowface and the little girl's geisha face. The girl is using it because she shows appreciation to the Japanese culture.

When I saw that article, I never thought it was racist at all. In fact, it was completely adorable. A little girl wanted to learn Japanese culture the best way possible, and she made a party to learn. The decoration of the party was really cute, and her costume was the best part. So....I might be blind because I don't see anything that is considered racist or offensive.

However, from the comments, Tumblr users only attack her because why.....she's Caucasian. While that seemed really depressing to look at, one Japanese user supported her, and commented the people that falsely accused her:

A vast majority of Japanese people actually enjoy other people making an effort to spread and enjoy Japanese culture, and encouraging it. Many make businesses in deliberately taking pictures of people in kimonos.
The only reason that you have a problem with this is because that little girl is white and you know that it is acceptable on Tumblr to crap all over white people. The only racist here is you!
She even works on her Tumblr page with a black person.

Now, knowing this, I would go by and say my feelings from this:

1. Out of all people that you are going to bully that are accused of racism, you are going to bully on a little girl??? Her party is nowhere near racist nor offensive to anyone in Japan. A lot of Japanese girls would say how cute she is and how great it is for her to learn about the Japanese culture. Plus, there are probably many people that are doing things that are 50 or 100 times more racist and offensive than the girl's party.

For example, there's a teen right now that is calling herself African-American when she found out that she's 35% African-American. Now, she's calling many of her black friends n****s! That...that you can't do.

2. In this day in age, pulling out a race card almost immediately and often is too f***ing tiring and annoying. It's beginning to believe that racism is too touchy and out-of-control that some people (including myself) probably don't know the word "racism" is anymore.

3. In the article, most of the people that are accusing of her for racism probably don't know anything about Japanese culture!! How is it that you pointed fingers on someone that is being racist while YOU don't know anything about the culture? You just know the stereotypes of a culture.

I'll put it in my perspective: When it comes to Japanese culture, I don't know everything about it, but I am willing to learn about the culture in anyway and I'll show my appreciation. Why? Because I love and adore Japan and its culture with all of my heart. Plus, kimonos and yukatas are confidence boosters!

Moral of the story: Do not throw the race card immediately unless you have decent proof to back your opinion up. Also, let kids be kids.

Show respect,
Jay Nakamura

Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist | SoraNews24
Japanese Tea Party | thegalagals

Monday, August 7, 2017

Religion in American Schools

One of my Japanese friends that I know via Lang-8 asked me if I could talk about religion in America. She believed that America has lots of religions since there are many people from different parts of the world practicing their religion in America, and she wants to learn as much as possible from it.

Now, I would love to teach her and anyone in Japan about religion in America, but I believe that it's a really controversial topic since there has been loads of laws and history correlating to religion and daily life in America. 

Now, I do believe that Christianity is the most notable religion in America, but there has been other common religions that are being practiced in America such as Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Christianity had became a huge role in American religion. As a Christian myself, my daily life as a Christian is filled with reading stories from the Bible, singing, and correlating my studies in my Baptist church to daily life. I can talk to many people that are in the same religion as I am, but it's really hard to interact with people that are in different religions since I don't know much about religions outside of Christianity. 

The southern part of the United States (or known as "The South") is believed to be a lot more religious than any other part of the nation. States such as Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi are believed to be a lot more religious. The least religious states are California, Portland, and Washington (mainly the western part).

While America is a religious country, not all places are acceptable for showing expression to religion. American educational system believed that religion cannot be a part on a child's education. In 1948, the Supreme Court made a ban for prayer in public schools. In 1963, Supreme Court bans individual school prayer and Bible reading in public schools. In 1980, Supreme Court banned the Ten Commandments to be posted in classrooms. 

So, religion and school don't really go hand-in-hand. However, since President Reagan made it possible to at least give a school prayer, it's better than nothing. 

Plus, religion and race played a huge role, too. In an average church, it is believed to sadly not be able to support diversity. In spite of that, larger churches are more welcomed to diversity a lot more than smaller churches. In 2005, a Megachurches Today study shown that 35% of larger churches are more diverse and 56% are more intended to broaden their horizons with other races.

The most hot topic in religion is homosexuality. Homosexuality is looked down by Christians because they believed that God wanted a man and a woman to fall in love. But now, 55% of Americans are in favor of same-sex relationships. Then again,...Christians are still the least supportive to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. 

Recently, in the past couple of years, many people are opting out of religion. In 2014, the Younger Generations (or Younger Millennials) are tested to see what religion they are believing. 35% are Protestant Christians and not affiliated with any religion, a lot less than the older generations. So, religion is having a downfall in America right now. In May 2013, over three-quarters (77%) of Americans say that religions is losing its influence in American daily life. 

So, as of now, religion is losing its time in America, and a lot of Americans are trying their best to get it back together again. 

Good Luck,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Equal Education in Japan

While education is suppose to be equal for all, only a handful of people will actually have a chance to get a decent education! In America, the land where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, education does correlate with the money you have in your pocket. Rich students attend schools with the best facilities and staff to help them succeed, while the poorer students attend schools shoddy facilities, ancient textbooks, and barely one guidance counselors. Not just the finance, but the economic backgrounds could determine the quality of education that you will receive for almost the rest of your life.

Japan is completely different from that. Finance and economic background doesn't mean anything to Japanese schools. "In Japan, you may have poor areas, but it doesn't mean there are poor schools." said John Mock, and anthropologist at Temple University's Japan campus. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED), Japan ranks highly among all wealthy countries in providing all students regardless of wealth with equal educational opportunities. OCED estimated Japan to only 9 percent of the variation in student performance, beating the average for all wealthy countries (14 percent) and the United States (17 percent).

Japanese has fewer students struggling academically and dropping out of school, with the country's high-school graduation rate of almost 97% compared to United States with 83%. Plus, poorer children would end up with successful lives in adulthood compared to Western countries such as United States and Britain. Those were the results after the 2011 Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear-power-plant disaster.

New Orleans has the same scenario with Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. While Japan's national government ensured that students in the affected areas get more resources, New Orleans public school system had done nothing to help the students. Teachers were put on leave, many students disappeared from schools' rolls, and the New Orleans system is now mostly charter schools.

While Japan does have many successes, it does have some challenges. Bullying is their biggest concern in schools. Students that are struggling academically are linked to bullying until they earn better grades. Students would become more pressured when attending school, which would lead to depression and even suicide. Their second biggest concern is the teachers overworking. Japanese teachers feel responsible for all students in their classes, often spend more time with students that are struggling and falling behind. There are teachers that stayed from 7am to 7:30pm, even until 9pm.

Despite the flaws, Japan does show an example that all students are equal. The reason is their goals are completely different from American school system. Directing more resources and better teachers to schools or students that are struggling, and giving teachers more freedom to work together improving schools.

That being said, Japan conquers academics!!

Kudos Japan,
Jay Nakamura

Language Fail

There will be times that you either forget some of the words that you're trying to say or said a word that are a couple of letters (which has a different meaning). When learning new vocabulary, there will be failed moments. It's won't be confusing, but shocking, funny, and awkward....

While you might be worried about making the mistake (or already made a mistake) when learning Japanese language, here are people that made worse mistakes that could made yours pretty minor.

Here are the 10 tales of Japanese language mishaps that I gathered from SoraNews24.

The sound

An American female was part of the JET Programme when she was in junior high school. One class lesson, she was reading a topic on the textbook that led to the discussion of wind chimes (fuurin). She tried to pronounce the word in the class by saying furin, gotten pretty awkward....

If you are new to Japanese vocabulary, I would be happy to help you the difference. Fuurin means wind chimes, but furin means affair or adultery...

Basically, she told the class that she's a fan of having affairs... That is painful...

Moving in Poop

Another American female was in a bus after she first moved to Kyoto. She remember the sentence Unkou chuu no idou ha kiken desu (It's dangerous to move around while the bus is in motion...). However, she remembered Unko chuu no idou ha kiken desu (It's dangerous to move around while pooping...)...

Well, at least she does have a point there. Moving around while pooping is really uncomfortable.

Kanji fail

An American male got a really bad text from his date. She texted honjitsu (today) but he remembered mokuyoubi (Thursday). He tried to apologize, but....too late....

So guys, when going on dates with Japanese girls, please remember the dates of the month. So you won't have the same situation as that.

Dish of despair

An American female had an successor in her school that was talking about chanko nabe, a huge stew that is mainly eaten by Japanese sumo wrestlers. However, he messed up the first word. The successor accidentally expressed his interest in trying chinko nabe (penis stew) for himself. However, everybody including the teacher was laughing really loud.

I would honestly laugh at it too! It's not really that awkward to make that kind of mistake.

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An English male started seeing a Japanese girl a few months after he moved to Japan (lucky.....). He expressed on how great the girl is, and how they got along together despite the language barriers. During their first weekend together, they went to bed and had sex. The man was terribly confused when he keeps hearing the word kimochii ('feels nice'). The Japanese word that he remember that didn't correlate well with it was kimchi, a Korean dish. Hearing his girlfriend moan the name of a Korean vegetable dish was off-putting...

Steamy yet it did made me feel hungry and wanting to eat kimchi now.

Bad Introduction

An American woman (what's with American women with bad Japanese mishaps) done a study abroad trip to Japan and met a custodian that everyone hated. She heard that one of the residents called the custodian kusojiji (shitty middle-aged man). Later, when she made new Japanese friends, she mentioned the custodian as kusojiji, and how really strict she is. She though it meant custodian...

Bad Word

An American male had said kowai desu ne (You're scary, aren't you?) to a lot of Japanese girls rather than saying Kawaii desu ne (You're cute.) Let's just say, he didn't get really luck with the girls at first, but who knows? He might did better!!

Wise Words

An Australian female taught schoolkids a life lesson about treating people equal despite the race and nationality. However, she gotten unlucky with her Japanese! Rather than saying ningen (humans), she said ninjin (carrots). So, she actually told the kids "No matter what country you're from, carrots are all the same, deep down!" Wise? Yes, but that one small letter made kinda messed it up. Not badly, but just a little.

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My Goodness, English males. Vocabulary! An English male gotten into a huge argument with his Japanese girlfriend because he tried to change the sex position while having sex (or making love). Unfortunately, rather than saying ushiro (behind), he kept saying oshiri (butt) while gesturing that he wanted her to turn around. As expected, it didn't end well. The girlfriend gotten super angry and immediately told him to leave. They made up, but he kept thinking that Japanese people only done it in the front. 

At least they made up! 


An American male explained that his friend let a young Japanese lady spend the weekend at his house. Being chivalrous, the male give the woman his bedroom to sleep in while he sleeps in the couch. She worried that she forgotten her cell phone charger since she doesn't want to oversleep the next morning. The friend told her: "Don't worry; I have to get up in the morning to go to work anyway, so I'd be happy to okasu (violate) you for about 30 minutes before I leave". The girl's reaction is unknown, but it does not look pretty.

My Story 

A couple of years ago, I was friends with a Japanese girl, and we knew each other for a couple of months. One day, she texted me and was wondering what I was doing. I wanted to tell her that I was eating an apple in Japanese, but I tried to remember how to say apple in Japanese. However, it was really hard for me to remember. So I told her: "Manko wo taberu (I am eating p***y)"

She texted me with the caps locked "WHAT??????" I was really confused and scared at the time because I didn't knew what was going on or if I said something wrong. So, I texted her what's going on, and typed in English that I was eating an apple. She didn't believe me at first, so I had to take a picture of my eaten apple. She felt relief, and told me the actual meaning of manko, and my face was completely red when I heard that!

Moral of the story and the post: Think of the words that you're going to use before speaking. 

Study hard,
Jay Nakamura