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Japanese translation help

Help me translate this tea cup from Japan... [more inside]
posted by IfIShouldEverComeBack on Jun 23, 2014 - 2 answers

What is this motif on a Japanese kimono?

Can anyone identify what this symbol is supposed mean or represent? It's a pattern on a kimono. [more inside]
posted by splatta on Jun 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Movie & Black & White & Japanese & Modern?

I recently saw Rashōmon, and was wondering if the hive-mind had suggestions for more (live-action, not anime) Japanese movies that are black and white, but set in more modern-ish times? [more inside]
posted by slater on May 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Find that haiku, 日本語で

I'm looking for the original Japanese version of a haiku by Kobayashi Issa that I've seen only in translation as follows: "Moon, plum blossoms, this, that, and the day goes." Kana or romaji or anything really would be great; the Google has failed me thus far. I also can't find it on the big Issa site here. Thanks!
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Who and what are on this fabric?

I have some fabric I picked up from a remnant stall a while ago. It has Japanese writing and pictures of faces all over it - is it just a random design or are these characters from some manga\anime? (The place also had Naruto fabric, but there,s no logo I recognise here, nor anything on the selvege.) Picture here. Any ideas? I want to check in case it'll unwittingly offend Japanese speakers!
posted by mippy on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Need some Japanese reading practice.

I want to receive one article, preferably about current events, written in Japanese, on my Kindle, every day. How can I arrange this? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 16, 2014 - 7 answers

What is the term for this jacket?

I'm wondering what the proper term for this jacket is. I am told it is Japanese. It is made of heavy cotton and is hand stitched. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Apr 4, 2014 - 4 answers

What are the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the SF Bay Area?

Especially for those of you who have traveled in or lived in Japan: What are the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the greater SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Mar 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Japanese Twitter, 分んない

I have a four letter twitter username. Several times a week, different Japanese twitter users will send me more than 100 mentions, usually gibberish or numbers. I think it's a sort of game or trolling, but I want to understand why. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Feb 17, 2014 - 6 answers

What goes in your best dashi?

The standard dashi recipe (as far as I can tell) includes dried kombu and bonito flakes, and optional extras like dried shiitakes or dried sardines. What are your favorite ingredients/brands and sources for them?
posted by o2b on Feb 10, 2014 - 4 answers

What's the title of this Japanese book?

I'm trying to track down a particular Japanese-language book for my friend, but I'm having trouble recognizing some of the kanji in the title (picture inside)... [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Feb 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Need help translating a Japanese letter into English

Can anyone translate this Japanese letter or point me to a translation service? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Feb 2, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this tile-based Board Game?

What is the board game in this picture? Things I can tell from the picture: the main board is 8x8, tiles come in two colors, the tiles have writing on them (I think it's hiragana but I can't make most of it out), there is a secondary board (or possibly just piece holder?) which is 10x10 which only seems to have pieces of one color. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jan 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea?

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea? I tried Googling the phone number without any luck. All the text is in Japanese, I think, so I can't dig any deeper than that.
posted by archagon on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Ain't no facial like a Japanese facial cause a Japanese facial dont stop

A friend says that when she was in Japan, she got her first facial and it was amazing. But then, when she came back to the States, she got another, and it was not so amazing. What kind of Japanese facial did she get, and is it possible to get one in the States? [more inside]
posted by ochenk on Jan 6, 2014 - 8 answers

kanji interpretation, or other character?

I would like to translate the name 'sophia' using kanji characters. Perhaps there is another Japanese writing character more appropriate for these sounds? or for a name?
posted by ebesan on Dec 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Japanese document in "Sherlock"

At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Japanese/Korean food for the Chinese home cook?

Reasonably decent Chinese home cook would like to venture into Japanese and/or Korean cuisine. I'd appreciate help on (1) good cookbooks, (2) pantry stocking and (3) choice of cuisine! [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Nov 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Can you translate what's written on these mysterious envelopes?

These two envelopes arrived in my office in the autumn of 2010. I've kept them around because they're neat-looking, and an interesting conversation piece. Can you translate into English what's written on them? They may be in Japanese or Chinese (?). [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

I need help identifying a Japanese author/filmmaker!

I need help recall the name of a Japanese author and/or filmmaker. The one detail I remember is that during WWII he was a boy working in a factory that was firebombed. In order to survive, he and the other boys fought to get under one another as the building came down around them in flames. Does anyone know who this might be? I'm stumped and so is Google . . .
posted by Quaversalis on Nov 12, 2013 - 2 answers

What goes well with kinako? And general help w/ Japanese/Asian desserts

My friend does a ramen night every so often, where he makes ramen completely from scratch. I'm often tasked with dessert because I'm a blogger and baker... I've already made plenty of desserts with black sesame and green tea so I want to try something new. I have taro powder and was originally going to do something with taro and coconut. I already even made taro marshmallows. But then I remembered that I had bought a bag of kinako/soybean flour some time ago and I should use it... I found a recipe for a kinako chiffon cake but would an ice cream be better? [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Nov 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Japanese (and Korean?) Home Cooking Techniques

Looking recently at home-cooked Japanese (and to some extent, Korean) meals, I notice again that they tend to be composed of several separate parts. I have trouble cooking multiple, separate pieces to a meal without creating exponential work for myself. I'm looking for videos demonstrating typical and/or efficient Japanese or Korean home cooking. Any language, with or without subtitles, is fine. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Oct 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Misbehaving fonts in Office 2011 Mac

So the long and short of it is, I'm pretty sure that Meiryo UI is messed up or missing or something, and instead Office 2011 on my Mac has decided that it'd be totally cool to use Mart Futomaru Gothic instead for most Japanese text display, including all over Excel. Is there some way to reinstall just the font(s) or maybe clear the Office font cache?
posted by DoctorFedora on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me buy a Japanese label printer

I want to buy a label printer, the kind that prints on rolls of colored tape. Like this one. Difficulty: under $50, and able to print in Japanese. Bonus question: do any label printers (Japanese or non) support generic rolls of tape, or do they all use their own proprietary cartridge systems? [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Oct 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Who are some artists that play traditional Chinese or Japanese music?

I would like to build a Pandora station around traditional-sounding Asian music. Flutes, harps, shamisen, koto, guanzi, erhu, etc. Basically, I want to create the kind of setting that you might find in a quiet tea house. Or the ambient music you might hear watching a movie where a monk silently tills the monastery grounds. But, to get started, I need to provide some particular songs or artists from which I want to build the station. My practical knowledge of music from that area of the world is practically nil, so I could a helping hand. Thanks!
posted by JimBJ9 on Oct 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for good Japanese podcasts/listening material

I'm planning on taking the JLPT N1 this December, but unfortunately between work and sleep I haven't been able to squeeze much study time in. Since I have a 2-hour commute every day, and sometimes an hour or two of travel during work as well, I reckon I can put it to good use by listening to spoken Japanese on my iPod. Can you recommend some interesting podcasts or radio programmes (downloadable/accessible without internet) that have a good coverage of N1 vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by monocot on Oct 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Show me more Anime like "Clannad"

I just watched "Clannad" and "Clannad: After Story" (the tv series) and it was amazing. Please tell me about more things like that. They can be tv or movies, anime or not anime, as long as they have the same feel. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

How to find a very old Japanese animation series

In the mid to late 1960s, early morning Saturday television included -- I believe in the very early morning, before the regular Tom and Jerry etc -- a Japanese animated series that looked nothing like contemporary anime. It was all set in a regal Japanese past with women wearing kimonos, ornate animation of detailed old-fashioned Japanese houses, etc. The only possible detail we have is a faintly remembered character name that was something like "Shushan." Is there any possible way to find out what this show was? Any suggested googling hints?
posted by third rail on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for a way to make Japanese language partners in Ohio!

I am visiting home in a suburb close to Cleveland, Ohio and am looking for a way to practice my Japanese with native Japanese speakers - I was living in Japan for a number of years and would like to get back, so I don't want to get rusty. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Sep 20, 2013 - 11 answers

I love Japanese movies - but how???

How can we, in Australia, get access to Japanese films (with English subtitles)? Is there a Japanese movie place in Sydney? We're happy to pay, stream, download, and maybe even buy... but I'm not finding much. Any hints? Help! and Thank you! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Foreign Film Search

Looking for the name of a movie about a young woman who gets unexpectedly pregnant and the bookseller she befriends who also makes audio recordings of trains. I'm about 80% sure it's Japanese (with English subtitles). [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Aug 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Need help with English names for a half Japanese baby girl.

We are trying to think of names for our impending baby girl. I am American and my husband is Japanese. We plan to give her an English first name, Japanese middle and last name. We have settled on a middle name, Miyuki (美幸). So her name thus far is _______ Miyuki xxxxshi. Criteria for English name: [1] must be easily writable in katakana (For example, Wi- isn't great, or Gl-, or x. All of these sounds can be written, but they come out complicated.) [2] must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to [1].) [3] must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do. [4] Prefer a classical name (i.e. something my Grandma would recognize as a name) but no need for it to be especially popular right now. We'll probably avoid the top five or ten most popular names. We are NOT looking for names that do double duty (which is what most of the threads I've found are about). So, not Naomi (always the first name that gets trotted out in these situations). We want a name from each culture that the grandparents on the opposite side can pronounce and that the kid can write when she gets to kindergarten. I'd especially appreciate input from fluent Japanese speakers here, and/or members of mixed families. Thanks!
posted by telepanda on Aug 8, 2013 - 51 answers

Wall Hanging - Japanese? Chinese? What is it called?

Well, I came across this black lacquer wall hanging inlaid with mother of pearl, relief style and it's kind of pretty. Maybe I'll sell it. Don't know much about these things. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Present for Anglo-Japanese newborn

Good friends of mine are about to have their first child, a girl. What present can I get for the little one that will be both sentimental and personal, and which she can keep for her whole life? I'm currently thinking along the lines of a really nice children's book, ideally one with an Anglo-Japanese theme because dad is Japanese and mum is British - it would be nice to give something which will represent both of her inherited cultures. Any suggestions for presents with an Anglo-Japanese theme very welcome. My budget is about £30 / $50 and I'm in the UK. Thanks!
posted by matthew.alexander on Jul 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Here's your, uh, roll-thing.

I just started working as a waitress at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. I am overwhelmed by the menu and the cultural differences with the rest of the staff. What are some good place to look for information on Japanese food, specifically sushi? And what are some strategies to help me fit in and go with the flow as the only non-Japanese speaking person in the front of the house? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jul 14, 2013 - 21 answers

Sake To Me . . .

I'm looking to get a good/special bottle of sake in Chicago. The problem? I know nothing about sake. Does anyone have recommendations for a $30 to $50 bottle of sake and ideas where I might find it here in the lovely Second City? Thanks!
posted by fiery.hogue on Jul 10, 2013 - 13 answers

A Cilantro-Hater in Thailand, China, and Japan

Asking for a friend who does not share my intense love for cilantro: "Can someone please translate some simple cilantro-avoidance phrases into Thai, Mandarin, and Japanese for me?" [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Trying to remember the name of a book

I've forgotten the title and the author of a japanese book and I'm trying to remember what it was called. [more inside]
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jun 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Learning Mandarin in Japan and Korea

Would you happen to know about how Mandarin is learned in Japan and Korea? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jun 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you help me buy this Japanese tee for my husband's birthday?

My husband really likes this t shirt and his birthday is in a few weeks. Problem: website is in Kanji (I think-?) and I can't see the 'Happy Birthday' one anywhere. It it can't be found online, do you know if the site has an actual physical shop anywhere? I have friends in Tokyo/Kyoto who might be able to send it over if it's available. HALP (and thank you!)
posted by everydayanewday on Jun 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Recent Translations of Japanese or Korean novels?

I've been on a Murakami bender for a while, and I have only two novels of his left to read. I'd like to find some other Japanese or Korean novels in translation, now that I can see the end of all this is near. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Buying Japanese snacks online from the US

Where can I buy Japanese snacks online that is not or Jlist/Jbox, with reasonable US shipping costs? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on May 30, 2013 - 20 answers

What's good at the Asian grocery?

There's a giant Korean supermarket not terribly far from where I live (the mega Hmart in Burlington). It's enormous--big enough to have small aisles dedicated to different Asian groceries--a Thai aisle, an Indian aisle, a Japanese aisle, etc. It's far more than I'd ever be able to explore on my own. What items available in a truly excellent Asian supermarket should I seek out? This is pretty much a pan-Asian free-for-all, so if you have a favorite Indonesian mustard, or an unforgettable Cambodian pickle, please share here. Bonus points for sous-vide-able items! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 20, 2013 - 54 answers

Bleeding/Thickness? Japanese paper qualities

Could you translate this graph from Japanese to English for me? It's an overview of different paper types used for calligraphy - but I can't read... This is what google translate got me for the middle part.
posted by lenehan on May 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Izakaya in New York

I will be traveling to Manhattan this weekend. I would appreciate recommendation for izakaya or other Japanese eating/drinking establishments of note. [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Is this a Chinese or Japanese character?

I'm fairly sure this thing I saw this morning is going to be a vertical growing tower for plants. Is it also a Chinese or Japanese character? If it is, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding the name of a certain Japanese music group (shakuhachi / piano)?

What I remember is that it was a 2- or 3- or 4-man Japanese music group whose name started with a "K". One of the members plays a shakuhachi, another is a pianist, and I think some of their music falls under the ambient/electronic genre. [more inside]
posted by glassrose on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Other games using Karuta Cards?

When I lived in Japan I spent new years with a family and we played a card game using Karuta cards. It wasn't a variation of Karuta... it had something to do with the portraits of the people on the cards? Like, whether they were princesses, ladies or lords. Sort of like Old Maid maybe? Does anyone know what this was?
posted by Caravantea on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Japanese Calligraphy Translation

In one of Toko Shinoda's prints there is some Japanese calligraphy in gold. Can anyone translate it for me? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Apr 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Info wanted on Yoshiaki Hanayagi.

Yoshiaki Hanayagi was one of the stars of a famous movie, Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, and yet there does not appear to be any further information about him online. I have found his name in Japanese, 花柳喜章, but googling that gets even fewer hits (I don't know Japanese, but if I saw what looked like a substantial webpage on him I was prepared to try Google Translate). Does anybody know anything about him, even birth/death dates?
posted by languagehat on Mar 28, 2013 - 4 answers

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