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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is this exotic thing?

Would anybody be kind enough to help me by translating some Japanese text of some type, that might help shed some light on a mysterious item that I have had in my posession for several years? [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 22, 2013 - 2 answers

What does the kanji on this hoodie say?

What does the Kanji on this hoodie say? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Japanese translation help in guitar search

I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Japanese translation. Difficulty: penguins.

Can you help me translate the kanji on this shirt? [more inside]
posted by stefanie on Aug 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Inscription translation?

I'd like a translation of this (I think Japanese) inscription in this picture frame. Could you provide one? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jul 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Can regular Japanese folk read English words?

Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Japanese translation help

What is the conclusion of this short scientific article in Japanese (link to the PDF)? It's about the palatability of comfrey for cows, but I don't speak Japanese. All I'd like to know is: did the cows like it or not? (for the record, a common opinion is that the plant is too hairy and that cows don't like it unless it's dried or wilted). There's no abstract so the answer is probably in the last page. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Apr 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me answer this support question in Japanese.

Help me answer this support question in Japanese. [more inside]
posted by artlung on Nov 11, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I maintain and improve my Japanese translation skills?

I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 25 answers

Usage of specific kanji for the name Hideyoshi

Am I using the kanji "" correctly, when combined to create the name "Hideyoshi" and translation of "flourish + beauty?" Am I even doing it right? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Sep 6, 2011 - 13 answers

Identify Japanese woodblock print of kabuki actor, possibly by Kunichika, possibly set on Tokaido Road

Need help identifying this Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor. I think the artist is Kunichika, and the print is set somewhere on the Tôkaidô Road. At the top of the page is a large box of Japanese text -- I'm hoping someone can read this, or otherwise identify any hints about the location, actor and character. (Two more translatable things inside) [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Translate my clothing from Japanese for me

Japanese translation filter: What does my ant-zen hoodie say? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jun 2, 2011 - 6 answers

"Eat a bag of dicks" on my principal's back? Please?

Do you know Japanese? Do you not know Japanese? What does my shirt say? (p.s. It's likely not Japanese.) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Who will help me bake this おはぎ?

I need help translating either this or this super fun looking Japanese recipe. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 31, 2011 - 3 answers

What does this Japanese language scroll say?

What does this scroll say? Outside of scroll. First section. Second section. It is written in Japanese, and I suspect it has something to do with Ikebana (flower arranging). [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Rates for Website Translation Into Japanese

Can anyone comment on the average going rate for translating a tech company's website into Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Mar 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Help becoming a Japanese->English translator

I would like to become a Japanese-> English translator. What do I need to do? Which certifications really matter? And how can I find work quickly so I can start building a portfolio? [more inside]
posted by shoyu on Jan 12, 2011 - 10 answers

What do these say?

My friend brought me back a couple of stickers from Japan, but she neglected to write down what her friends there told her they said. Can any mefites out there tell me what these say so I don't feel like such a newb sticking them on my stuff? http://grab.by/8b2Z http://grab.by/8b3l
posted by aliceinreality on Jan 3, 2011 - 8 answers

What does this Japanese inscription mean?

My son has been given what he's been told is a decorative fuchi (collar) from a katana. It has some Japanese characters inscribed on it, and he's desperate to find out what it means - he has been told it's a name, but we have no way of knowing. Here are a couple of pictures. Any ideas? Hopefully it doesn't translate as 'Happy Toy Company'. Thanks all.
posted by reynir on Nov 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Questionnaire analysis terminology

Questionnaire and data analysis terminology (translating from Japanese) [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Jul 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Translation help?

What is my new used bike from the '70s is trying to tell me (translation help please)? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Jul 24, 2010 - 3 answers

What's in the card?

Can you translate this Japanese (Chinese? Korean?) postcard? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jul 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Translation Help~

I need the Japanese and French equivalents of this sentence, please~ [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on May 16, 2010 - 14 answers

Translation help: Japanese water bottle cleaning solution instructions

Are there any speakers (well, readers, technically) of Japanese who would be so kind as to translate the instructions on my water-bottle cleaning solution? I know it's basically "add water" but I'm look for specifics. Links to photos inside. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on May 12, 2010 - 3 answers

She's Japanese, you see, and has magic powers over shadow and darkness.

Short and sweet: what's the best way to translate "girl of darkness" to Japanese as if it were someone's formal title? I need it romanized, not in katakana or hiragana. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on May 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Japanese Translation

Can anyone translate these Japanese antidepressant ads and this book cover? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Apr 2, 2010 - 7 answers

I would choose if I could!

Japanese translation filter: so I have two seed packets. Which is mint and which is basil? [more inside]
posted by Windigo on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Learning a language: one phrase at a time!

Is the Japanese "umi hoozuki" a colloquialism for a type of bell or chime or something? [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Mar 9, 2010 - 2 answers

What's in these Japanese cookies?

Japanese-filter: What does this cookie packet say? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Feb 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Translate the Razzleberry Jam?

Can someone translate the Japanese in this song for me: The Razzleberry Jam, the theme song of the Razzleberry frozen yogurt franchise in Tokyo. If you don't already have it, you can download it here: http://razzleberry.jp/ Under Special Download near the bottom. Thanks!
posted by slowcat on Sep 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Translate "How was your first Japanese class? What did you learn to say in Japanese?" into Japanese.

I want to send a text to someone who is having her first Japanese class tomorrow that says "How was your first class? What did you learn to say in Japanese?" except in Japanese. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jun 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Trying to avoid reverse Engrish.

Help me translate/verify/understand some Kanji! [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor on Apr 2, 2009 - 23 answers

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