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]
How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
What is the meaning & significance of the Japanese text stamped or otherwise impressed onto the blade of this knife? Brand? Maker? Something else?
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!
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Can anyone translate this Japanese letter or point me to a translation service? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
What does the Kanji on this hoodie say? [more inside]
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]
I'd like a translation of this (I think Japanese) inscription in this picture frame. Could you provide one? [more inside]
Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
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]
Help me answer this support question in Japanese. [more inside]
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]
Am I using the kanji "栄美" correctly, when combined to create the name "Hideyoshi" and translation of "flourish + beauty?" Am I even doing it right? [more inside]
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]
Do you know Japanese? Do you not know Japanese? What does my shirt say? (p.s. It's likely not Japanese.) [more inside]
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]
Can anyone comment on the average going rate for translating a tech company's website into Japanese? [more inside]
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]
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
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.
Questionnaire and data analysis terminology (translating from Japanese) [more inside]
What is my new used bike from the '70s is trying to tell me (translation help please)? [more inside]
Can you translate this Japanese (Chinese? Korean?) postcard? [more inside]
I need the Japanese and French equivalents of this sentence, please~ [more inside]
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]
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]
Can anyone translate these Japanese antidepressant ads and this book cover? [more inside]
Japanese translation filter: so I have two seed packets. Which is mint and which is basil? [more inside]
Is the Japanese "umi hoozuki" a colloquialism for a type of bell or chime or something? [more inside]
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!
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]
Help me translate/verify/understand some Kanji! [more inside]
What does this Japanese character on this Daruma doll mean? At least, I assume it's Japanese...
I am looking for interesting uses of the prefix 'mu' (無) in Japanese. I want to find an example of mu's general use that attains to its meaning as -less or an absence of. The example I have currently, 無線 'musen' meaning 'wireless', is a little boring. [more inside]
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