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...stroke direction rather. The katakana ン n and ソ so are so easy to mix up.

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
...stroke direction rather. The katakana ン n and ソ so are so easy to mix up.

Even when used by other East Asian people it can be tricky. This Japanese sign in Taiwan is almost OK, except they reversed the stroke order of one character so the word reads "cosotact lens" pic.twitter.com/kH8EIavVnk

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
Even when used by other East Asian people it can be tricky. This Japanese sign in Taiwan is almost OK, except they reversed the stroke order of one character so the word reads "cosotact lens"

When it's translated back "extreme drying (you must do it)" it doesn't sound half as weird. It's just grammatically very strange. twitter.com/Tomvizioso04/s…

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
When it's translated back "extreme drying (you must do it)" it doesn't sound half as weird. It's just grammatically very strange. twitter.com/Tomvizioso04/s…

This one is an entire brand even, based in the UK. Obviously they don't care about the weird Japanese in the slightest, it's just for decoration. twitter.com/ShootOsaka/sta…

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
This one is an entire brand even, based in the UK. Obviously they don't care about the weird Japanese in the slightest, it's just for decoration. twitter.com/ShootOsaka/sta…

I guess if you don't care about the meaning it's fine or something. At least a t-shirt is easy to take off! Unlike a tattoo. pic.twitter.com/sEClFLSFcw

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
I guess if you don't care about the meaning it's fine or something. At least a t-shirt is easy to take off! Unlike a tattoo.

This is a famous one from a few years ago. The characters taken separately here mean 'cool' or 'cold' and 'guy/person' , but together it's the name of a cold tofu dish, hiyayakko. pic.twitter.com/srQSW90x0s

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
This is a famous one from a few years ago. The characters taken separately here mean 'cool' or 'cold' and 'guy/person' , but together it's the name of a cold tofu dish, hiyayakko.

Yes, ultimately the words are just decoration. I mean it goes on all the time in Japan. It used to be way worse in English, but now the funny other-language t-shirts in Japan are in other languages like Swedish or French etc. twitter.com/Liko25/status/…

recently on twitter - Wed, 2020-02-05 01:00
Yes, ultimately the words are just decoration. I mean it goes on all the time in Japan. It used to be way worse in English, but now the funny other-language t-shirts in Japan are in other languages like Swedish or French etc. twitter.com/Liko25/status/…

The cards are nengajo, New Year's cards (like Christmas cards but for New Years). The father is making a game out of dividing them quickly by who they are addressed to. twitter.com/aubiki/status/…

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 23:00
The cards are nengajo, New Year's cards (like Christmas cards but for New Years). The father is making a game out of dividing them quickly by who they are addressed to. twitter.com/aubiki/status/…

So...in 2011, two things happened. First, the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which totally devastated me, and also made me realize just how much Japan was part of me, and how Japanese I was, wherever I lived. 6/

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 22:00
So...in 2011, two things happened. First, the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which totally devastated me, and also made me realize just how much Japan was part of me, and how Japanese I was, wherever I lived. 6/

I can also read French to a middling level (like I can get my way through a newspaper), and less so German because it got really rusty after 10 years in France. Oh and I'm living in Europe mainly because my spousal unit is a Swiss dude. 4/

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 22:00
I can also read French to a middling level (like I can get my way through a newspaper), and less so German because it got really rusty after 10 years in France. Oh and I'm living in Europe mainly because my spousal unit is a Swiss dude. 4/

I am a middle aged female, born in Tokyo. My parents are both Japanese. I live either in Yokohama, Japan or near Zürich, Switzerland (until last year was in France). I've lived in a bunch of other places too, in the US and UK. 2/

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 22:00
I am a middle aged female, born in Tokyo. My parents are both Japanese. I live either in Yokohama, Japan or near Zürich, Switzerland (until last year was in France). I've lived in a bunch of other places too, in the US and UK. 2/

Well she was an aristocrat. But how many modern people would recognize a rice plant lol twitter.com/megashadowfist…

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 21:00
Well she was an aristocrat. But how many modern people would recognize a rice plant lol twitter.com/megashadowfist…

Some people even have a dislike of flour products because for yers after the war it was used (as dumplings and so forth) as a substitute for that much desired 'good' rice.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 17:00
Some people even have a dislike of flour products because for yers after the war it was used (as dumplings and so forth) as a substitute for that much desired 'good' rice.

So, other types of rice such as jasmine, basmati, etc. were not at all popular in Japan until maybe the 2000s or so, when more Indian/S Asian/Thai etc. restaurants opened up. It was and still is very generational.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 17:00
So, other types of rice such as jasmine, basmati, etc. were not at all popular in Japan until maybe the 2000s or so, when more Indian/S Asian/Thai etc. restaurants opened up. It was and still is very generational.

Short grain (sticky, mochi) rice is ok; mochi rice was even more costly than 'regular' japonica rice, and reserved for offerings or special occasions for a long time. (One reason why mochi is eaten at New Years.)

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 16:00
Short grain (sticky, mochi) rice is ok; mochi rice was even more costly than 'regular' japonica rice, and reserved for offerings or special occasions for a long time. (One reason why mochi is eaten at New Years.)

I forgot one more important thing regarding rice in Japan. When I say rice, I'm talking about medium grain Japonica rice. Other types of rice are regarded very differently. pic.twitter.com/aBgaGuKQFL

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 16:00
I forgot one more important thing regarding rice in Japan. When I say rice, I'm talking about medium grain Japonica rice. Other types of rice are regarded very differently.

BTW, re: navy curry, apparently it was incorporated into the seamen's diet around 1889 as 'curry stew'. This (Japanese) is said to be a recreation of the original Navy curry. mod.go.jp/msdf/kanmeshi/…

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 16:00
BTW, re: navy curry, apparently it was incorporated into the seamen's diet around 1889 as 'curry stew'. This (Japanese) is said to be a recreation of the original Navy curry. mod.go.jp/msdf/kanmeshi/…

The navy curry tradition is continued by the current Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, where each ship or submarine crew is said to have their own special recipe. (I wrote about navy curry recently I think, but anyway. ^_^) pic.twitter.com/YS682s27Cd

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 16:00
The navy curry tradition is continued by the current Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, where each ship or submarine crew is said to have their own special recipe. (I wrote about navy curry recently I think, but anyway. ^_^)

The oldest known Imperial Navy endorsed curry recipe is in this book first printed in 1908, called 海軍割烹術参考書 (Navy Culinary Technique Reference Book). This is a reprint. pic.twitter.com/pzerB55vtF

recently on twitter - Tue, 2020-02-04 16:00
The oldest known Imperial Navy endorsed curry recipe is in this book first printed in 1908, called 海軍割烹術参考書 (Navy Culinary Technique Reference Book). This is a reprint.

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