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Sobe



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:29 pm Reply with quote
KYAAA ;D! KABEDON! LOL Twisted Evil
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Lol kabedon and Ebola
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:49 pm Reply with quote
I guess "cross-dressing men" is the only self-explanatory term on this list.
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kinda figured "kabe don" would of become buzz worrthy after all the wall pinning Thoth does in Kamigami no Asobi
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Japan just banned revenge porn yesterday, 2 years in prison and a $4500 fine for distributing it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:54 pm Reply with quote
Hoppy800 wrote:
Japan just banned revenge porn yesterday, 2 years in prison and a $4500 fine for distributing it.


Yeah, I'm not going to Google what "revenge porn" means. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:58 pm Reply with quote
it's explained in the article, so no need to Google it
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I am really sick of Frozen, or rather, its fans. OK movie, insufferable fanbase.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:00 am Reply with quote
Eric Stimson wrote:
•kopitto ("thoroughly" in Yamanashi dialect; used in the TV drama Haruko & Anne)
•Go-kigenyou ("How do you do?", also used in Haruko & Anne)

誰だよ、ハルコって…。
Actually, the title of the TV drama series is Hanako to Anne.
Haven't you read translations by Muraoka Hanako, Mr Stimson? w

http://www.nhk.or.jp/hanako/
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:05 am Reply with quote
Glad to see: Dame yo, dame, dame.

FireballDragon wrote:
I am really sick of Frozen, or rather, its fans. OK movie, insufferable fanbase.
I'm sick of all Frozen things. I'm in Japan atm and it get it's own section everywhere. The movie was okay and nothing beyond that.


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FireballDragon wrote:
I'm in Japan atm and it get it's own section everywhere. The movie was okay and nothing beyond that.


I feel your pain! I reached the point a while back where something started to feel out-of-place if I walked into a store and that OST wasn't being played.

Still haven't seen the movie.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:24 am Reply with quote
Eric Stimson wrote:
•mild Yankee (a milder version of Japan's youth rebels)

I can understand that a gaijin who has a smattering of Japanese only takes the term literally, but, to put it more precisely, the term 'mild Yankee' means a kind of lowbrow conservative lower-class people who live mainly in the country and small towns.
The term has been coined by a Hakuhōdō staffer, and it reflects how advertising agencies and merchants, who want to palm products and services off on such country people, see them.


hyojodoji wrote:
Johann Joseph Hoffmann, who was the professor of Japanology at Leiden University, wrote a letter in Japanese to Suharaya Mohē in order to purchase Gagen Shūran in the 19th century. I don't know whether the level of Japanology in the Netherlands is now high, though. w

I also don't know whether the level of Japanology in the USA is now high.
Dr Hirakawa Sukehiro has said that its peak had been about the middle of the twentieth century in Arthur Waley: A Translator of The Tale of Genji, if I remember correctly, though. w
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:17 am Reply with quote
vanfanel wrote:
FireballDragon wrote:
I'm in Japan atm and it get it's own section everywhere. The movie was okay and nothing beyond that.


I feel your pain! I reached the point a while back where something started to feel out-of-place if I walked into a store and that OST wasn't being played.

Try working at a preschool like I do. Frozen, every single day, multiple times, because the children request it. I liked the movie (though found one very spoilerific element disappointing) and I even liked the music - but after listening to it a hundred times, I've grown to absolutely loathe that soundtrack, especially "Let It Go" and the way the singer EMphaSIZes the SYLLaBBLE~~~~~~S!! on the chorus.

Also, everybody sings it like it's this awesome empowerment song as opposed to Elsa running away from her problems and locking herself into an even more isolated containment than her parents had forced her into because she still hates herself...
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ItAintEazy



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:40 am Reply with quote
hyojodoji wrote:
Eric Stimson wrote:
•mild Yankee (a milder version of Japan's youth rebels)

I can understand that a gaijin who has a smattering of Japanese only takes the term literally, but, to put it more precisely, the term 'mild Yankee' means a kind of lowbrow conservative lower-class people who live mainly in the country and small towns.


Lessee, according to Wikipedia, among the descriptors of a mild Yankee there's:

1.) Likes EXILE (think star of GTO drama)

2.) Low-level education, low pay

3.) Large percentage of them are "parasite singles"

4.) Large percentage of them get married due to unintended pregnancies, and there's a tendency for them to give their kids weird names.

5.) A lot of them drink and smoke.

Yes, the fact that this demographic live in exurban areas adds to their novelty, but one can agree that people can view these behaviors as mildly delinquent.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:02 pm Reply with quote
Big (issues) in Japan, 2014.
In an informal count and analysis, I found:
A whopping 13 terms are related to gender, women and/or sexism.
About 9 terms concern politics or politicians (both international and domestic).
7 terms are about entertainers or from entertainment,
6 terms are from the sports scene.
4 have to do with the military.
4 with controversies, especially public figures lying.
3 are related to economics
3 are about diseases/disease awareness
3 concern major current international issues (Isis, Ebola, the Umbrella Revolution)
About 2 concern long term domestic concerns (2025 problem, disappearing cities),
2 are about weather,
1 is about cooking
Not sure how to categorize "mild Yankee"--marketing term, or domestic social issue?
I don't understand "dangerous drugs" enough to categorize it-is it about illegal drugs or prescription drugs?

In any case, Gender Issues and sexism clearly won this year!
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