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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 - 6 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 - 8 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

Why are Japanese names a secret?

Many translated Japanese novels refer to locations and companies, and occasionally even years, by their first character rather than specifying their name. What is the reason for this practice? [more inside]
posted by lunch on Aug 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Will this machine-translated Japanese lead us astray?

After a trip to Japan, my partner brought back a number of fun things including this ramen stand model kit. We're not entirely new to building models, but this one turned out to be a lot more complicated. And the instructions are entirely in Japanese, which neither of us can read at all. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Aug 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommend an iPad kanji writing flashcard app or JP app review site?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a flashcard app for iPad for practicing *writing* kanji? Or any recommendations for Japanese review sites for iOS apps? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Learning Japanese and would like some Japanese-subbed sources.

Hi, I'm learning Japanese and am a big fan of anime/manga/tv shows. I'm far enough long in my studies where I would like to start watching/reading them with Japanese subtitles instead of English subtitles. The only problem is... I'm having a hard time finding manga/anime. Any sources for original Japanese manga or Japanese-subbed anime? (Like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
posted by Thanquol180 on Jul 29, 2014 - 13 answers

If you were learning Japanese, which radical list would you use?

I'm going to start learning Japanese in a couple of months, and in researching the language, I'm realizing that it's going to be a *lot* easier if I could recognize all the component parts of any Kanji I encounter. But..I'm noticing that there are a lot of different lists of those component parts...Heisig's lists, Wikipedia's tables of radicals, The Kanji Dictionary's 79 radicals, etc. Which radical lists do you like best, and why? Are there any out there that show you the radical, show you the characters that use it, and explain how the radical fits into those characters (meaning-wise)? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for quality Japanese songs that will improve my Japanese.

I'm looking for good Japanese songs or artists that will teach me new, useful words or phrases so that I can improve. I read articles in Japanese too, but words seem to 'stick' better when I am listening to a song and going over the kanji and hiragana at the same time. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jul 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Japanese OCR for Mac?

So what's the market look like for Japanese OCR software for Mac OS? I'm a bit bewildered and feeling out of my league upon googling around. It would be rad to be pointed in the right direction on this.
posted by DoctorFedora on Jul 18, 2014 - 2 answers

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

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