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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by JimBJ9
on Oct 14, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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:
 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.)
 must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to .)
 must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do.
 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 -
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 -
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.
posted by matthew.alexander
on Jul 24, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Where can I buy Japanese snacks online that is not AsianFoodGrocer.com or Jlist/Jbox, with reasonable US shipping costs? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain
on May 30, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb
on Mar 24, 2013 -
From Wikipedia, "Kintsukuroi is a Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with metal lacquer, usually gold or silver. The word in Japanese means to “to repair with gold”.The concept also includes the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken."
However, I've not been able to find much more on the word beyond Pinterest and blogs. What other words (from any language) are similar, in that they are not just a specific term but can also have a philosophical meaning applied to them?
posted by ghost dance beat
on Mar 18, 2013 -
I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan
where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar
on Mar 11, 2013 -
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I have just started using Google Japanese Input on Windows 7. It works fine, but I would like to be able to switch input modes (i.e. between direct input, hiragana, katakana etc) using a shortcut key. Currently I have to click on the language bar to switch, which is a pain. I looked in the properties and can't see an option for shortcuts. I tried googling but can't seem to find an answer either. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I collect Superman memorabilia and recently bought a Japanese Superman children's story record, but I can't actually read Japanese beyond vague recognition of the characters that make up the name Superman. What is the title of this record
posted by MegoSteve
on Feb 2, 2013 -