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Help me translate / interpret this astrology chart (in Japanese)

I'm starting to study a life-cycle science called Sanmeigaku (Japanese Astrology). I'm slowly translating a book about it with a friend but we found out this table and we're stumped. It seems to be important to determine the correct meaning of the readings. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Matrod on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Can I get English-language service for my Japanese PS4?

So: my 2-month-old PS4 has broken down, with error CE-34878-0 across all applications. Sony US normally replaces machines that have this issue. My problem: I have a Japanese PS4, and Sony US refuses to service it. Sony Japan could probably help, but I don't speak Japanese (and I live in the US). What can I do? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Identify modern Japanese-style print of dancing bears

I saw this print in an ice cream shop in Denver and would really like to get a copy for a friend. I asked a couple folks there and they believed that all the art on the wall had bee acquired online ("probably on Etsy"), but I haven't been able to find anything even similar. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Nov 4, 2015 - 2 answers

small Japanese translation

If you can read Japanese, please let us know what these pants say. thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Oct 15, 2015 - 10 answers


I have, by happenstance, come into possession of a small statue of a samurai that came with a little wooden sign with some Japanese writing on it. I'm sure one of you can easily translate it for me, and for that I would be grateful.
posted by prize bull octorok on Oct 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Consecutive Translation Please:

I have a video in Japanese of a zookeeper feeding hippos whole watermelons. I'm curious what the zookeeper is saying: Hippo eating watermelon video Thank you very much! :)
posted by Katjusa Roquette on Oct 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Who are the people on this moriage Japanese Satsuma vase?

I recently bought a Japanese vase with three people on it--two men and one women. Does anyone know who they are? The woman is surrounded by a halo. Any insight would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Oct 6, 2015 - 5 answers


Can anyone answer the question posed in this blog post? Namely, what is the etymology behind the choice of kanji for the word for Australia?
posted by Quilford on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I replicate this amazing chicken soup?

At a restaurant called Toritama in Tokyo, I had the most amazing chicken soup ever. It was a really flavourful chicken broth, with shreds of very tender chicken - I would say poached, except that some of the bits had skin still attached and the skin was crisp as if it had been grilled. Also some well-cooked rice. The thing that I particularly remember is that the broth was so rich that it left your lips feeling sticky! It was called something like "Tokyo chicken soup". [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Aug 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Introducing honoured guests

I am responsible for introducing (in English) a number of honoured guests from Japan at an event in Canada. I am looking for the appropriate English honorifics (His Excellency, Her Honour, etc) for some specific government officials, as well as some general honorifics. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Japanese without the hard parts

So I know Mandarin Chinese, as in speak and read it pretty much as well as English. I also have a community of Japanese speakers I can tap to help me with the very esoteric task of learning Japanese from scratch. I don't have any incentive curiosity and time to kill, so given these factors, are there any things the almighty green would recommend to learn Japanese better/faster/smarter, especially from the unusual approach angle of a USian gaijin? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jul 17, 2015 - 5 answers

What is this mysterious green Japanese seasoning?

My son wants to make rice balls that he made in his Japanese class and his teacher was kind enough to give him some of the seasoning they used. It looks like this (flickr). [more inside]
posted by antipodes on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Japanese theatre question

Is there a Kabuki or Noh theatrical performance that features a funeral of a young person?
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jun 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Murakami, Translation, and Descriptions of Food?

Would the Japanese text of a Murakami novel bother elaborating that oyakodon is "rice topped with chicken and eggs" - or is that bit of text added by the translator for the benefit of foreign-language (English, in this case) readers? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Jun 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Where can I see Japanese bamboo baskets?

Where can I see collector-quality Japanese bamboo baskets, including museums, stores, art galleries, etc. I live near Kansas City, but suggestions anywhere in the US would be appreciated and factored into future travel plans. Baskets like those in this video from SF's Asian Art Museum (which I have not visited).
posted by Jackson on Jun 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Origami paper patterns: what are these?

I'm folding a thousand origami cranes, and I'm starting to get curious about the patterns on the Japanese origami paper I'm using. I think I recognize a couple of them, but I'd like to know the significance of any you recognize: maybe they are traditional textile patterns or have other uses? Are they a certain flower, fruit, or season? Or maybe they are entirely made up for these packs of paper. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on May 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Legal translation degree - legal?

I came across a distant learning master's programme that I find interesting, but wonder if it's legit and even if it is, if it's the right one for me? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on May 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Feeling adventurous - Omakase Sushi in NJ

I'm not a sushi beginner, but not a particularly adventurous eater as far as that goes (salmon, tuna, shrimp, etc). I'd love to be able to go and eat omakase. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Apr 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for a particular type of robe...

Hey hivemind. I saw this video, which starts with a Japanese woman wearing a rather particular type of robe, while at a kotatsu. It's somewhat reminiscent of a kimono, but big, comfy, padded cotton? Sort of like a wearable comforter. Anyone know what these are called / where I might find them? ... or, if necessary, a pattern for them?
posted by markkraft on Apr 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Japan-filter: From Bullfighting to Kurosawa in a Cocktail

How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Apr 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for a Japanese music video of two women singing at a table

I'm looking for a music video I saw on YouTube within the last six months. Two young Japanese female musicians sitting at a table singing. It's mainly in Japanese but there are few English words here and there. It's a poppy, dancy song. In the background some men in green or black bodysuits are dancing around. One of the women eats a worm or grub with a fork. Towards the end one of the women pulls out a sword and chops the men up, and finally the other woman shoots herself with a gun. Does that ring a bell for anyone?
posted by UltraFleece on Apr 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Manga title required

My friend described a film: "Japanese Lesbian Swimsuit Sisters Fighting Water Zombies". Any ideas what it could be? Most likely Manga, or possibly something more x-rated given the nature of her unique restaurant.
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Apr 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Overthinking Flowers -- Japanese Edition

I would like to send a colleague a housewarming gift. Tomoya has recently moved from Japan to the UK with his wife and two babies, and they are finding the change challenging as none of them lived in the UK before. They have moved out of temporary apartments into a house, and I would like to send flowers as a welcoming gift. Is this an appropriate gift and should I avoid any particular colours/flowers? [more inside]
posted by TriparteGoddess on Apr 10, 2015 - 11 answers

What does my knife say?

What is the meaning & significance of the Japanese text stamped or otherwise impressed onto the blade of this knife? Brand? Maker? Something else?
posted by kenko on Mar 12, 2015 - 3 answers

which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk

What is this magical measuring whisk, and what possible uses could it have beyond the extremely specific one we just saw? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 20, 2015 - 12 answers

What app will help me learn rudimentary Japanese?

I am planning to take a trip to Japan sometime this summer and I'd like to brush up on my very rudimentary Japanese before going. Is there a good app I can use? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Anything is possible

What is the word/phrase Ami and Yumi say at the beginning of nearly every episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Show? It sounds like "soo-tah-toe," phonetically. DOT Jr. is a huge fan, so in our household, this is a question of some importance. As seen in this clip.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Gauging the reliability of a Japanese Imported yet European make of car

Hello, I am thinking of importing a car from Japan to Canada. To import to Canada, the vehicles must be 15 years old, but usually have very low mileage. I have done this before with Japanese models with great results. Now I am thinking of importing either a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156, or a 2000 BMW 3 series Wagon. Both have relatively low mileage of around 75K... [more inside]
posted by cascando on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Japanese Translation Help

I bought some dashi powder mix (I know, it's cheating), and I'm pretty sure of the ratio, but just want to make sure I'm interpreting this right. Photo after the jump. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Feb 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Is Japanese the only language this perverse?

In Japanese there is only a tenuous relationship between the way something is written, and the way it's pronounced. This is particularly true of names. I'm wondering if Japanese is the only language like this. For example, the simple name 一 can be read something like 7 ways, each of which sounds nothing like the others (Ichi, Kazu, Hajime, etc.). [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Feb 2, 2015 - 19 answers

Bilingual Japanese-English storybooks

We are an American-Japanese family living in the US. We have a 4 year old and a 1 year old who we would like to raise as bilingual as possible. We read both English storybooks and Japanese storybooks, but would love your recommendations for some books that have the story in both English and Japanese side-by-side. Would also be happy to hear about books readily available in both languages. Bonus points if you can vouch for the quality of the story and the translation. (Have you ever read "Goodnight Moon" in Japanese? It's not pretty.) [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Cool, easy songs in Japanese.

One of the activities in my Japanese class is learning and singing songs in Japanese, and I think I just exhausted my playlist. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Jan 20, 2015 - 14 answers

What is this Japanese rave dance battle exactly?

I have liked this since 2005, and I think it's amazing, but I want to know all the details behind the main character, and the battles, when and where exactly was this? (seems like they're using osaka dialect) what exactly is going on? Link.
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me identify this t-shirt

I found a shirt when going through old things, but Google has failed me in my attempts to identify it. I think it might be Chinese or Japanese in origin? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Dec 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Identify this mystery gift, please!

My sister recently had a young Japanese student staying with her family. As a parting gift, he left one of these small mat type things for each of her young girls. She didn't ask what they were at the time, we don't read Japanese, and we're both stumped. Can you tell use what they are? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Dec 19, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I translate a Japanese PDF?

I need a quick translation of a pamphlet in Japanese. It doesn't have that much text, but has several pages of annotated pictures. The text is part of the image and I can't highlight and copy it. Normally, when I need a translation, I use a service called Gengo, but they only take text. Does anyone know a) how I could extract Japanese text from a PDF or b) where I could find someone to quickly (even roughly) translate this? Thanks!
posted by three_red_balloons on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Japanese translation - what does it say on this wood block art?

Could a kind Japanese speaker please translate these characters? Years ago at a street market in Nara I bought these two simple pieces of wood, which were both hand-painted with kanji and a picture of a cat. I just loved the cheeky face of the cat but I've always wondered what the characters say. [more inside]
posted by boosh on Dec 10, 2014 - 4 answers

What is this Japanese announcement?

Maru is a Japanese dog on Instagram, and this specific announcement (?) makes him howl. What is it? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

"You know, my last three girlfriends were Asian."

How can somebody on the receiving end of the unfortunate manifestations of Asian fetish ("yellow fever") suck it up and get on with her day/life as best as possible? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 30, 2014 - 30 answers

Korean and Japanese Philosophy

I love reading Chinese philosophy, and I'm looking to get into some Korean philosophy, just to see what their take is. But I'm having trouble figuring out where to start. I'd like to read uniquely Korean things, or takes on confucianism and taoism, from any time period, or just interesting thoughts posed by Korean philosophers. I'd also like to read some Japanese texts in the same vein, and once again don't really know where to start. I'm looking for the best English translations. Any suggestions?
posted by Gargantuantoe on Nov 23, 2014 - 8 answers

precise dwarf bravery

I have seen the phrase "dwarf bravery" on japanese shirts a lot. What the hell concept is being mistranslated here? Does whatever japanese word or words this originates from have a real english equivalent?
posted by tehloki on Nov 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Introducing Terry Pratchett to a Japanese reader

I'm exchanging emails with a Japanese woman from Tokyo. We talked about books, and I mentioned Terry Pratchett as one of my favorite authors. She said: "His work looks interesting! Do you have a recommendation?" [more inside]
posted by mortimore on Oct 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Conversation-heavy movie/show/video in French or Japanese?

I would like to go back to speaking French and Japanese and found out that it really comes back to me better after listening to people having everyday conversations in a more "natural" setting (rather than podcasts, news, etc.). Where can I find some conversation-heavy videos to watch/listen to? [more inside]
posted by perkinite on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Kanji translation help

Can anyone tell me what this means? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Sep 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you translate this Japanese text?

What does this writing say? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Chicken Karaage Variations?

I've discovered I love making Chicken Karaage. It's boneless fried chicken in corn/potato starch but ready in just about an hour and has simple, straightforward steps. What kind of variations could I try out? Different flavors/marinades? Different coatings or flavored coatings? Different chunks of meat? Novel dips that pair well? Other ways to fancy it up? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Translation for Japanese songs

I recently went through some of my music from late 90s-early 00s, and a fair amount included j-pop and j-rock. I lost all the titles and artist names, so I resorted to using an app to identify some of the songs. However... the identifiers are all in Japanese, and I have no idea. [more inside]
posted by virus_husbandry on Aug 31, 2014 - 2 answers

In Japanese, why is the demonstrative "あそこ" instead of just "あこ"?

Japanese demonstratives follow the こそあど pattern, such as with これ/それ/あれ/どれ and この/その/あの/どの, so why does the pattern change with ここ/そこ/あそこ/どこ? Logically, shouldn't あそこ be あこ? Why isn't this the case? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Aug 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Example of Japanese-speaker singing Disney song phonetically in English?

I've been digging for about a week and I can't find audio examples of a japanese-speaker singing Disney songs phonetically in English. I know it's a thing, because I think I remember being shown this sort of thing vis-a-vis The Circle of Life a few years back by someone who was bilingual, and I got the impression from the number of videos then that this was a common practice among Japanese (and maybe other Asian countries?) kids to do. Can someone find me a link? Or give me better search terms? [more inside]
posted by ABlanca on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

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