Category Archives: 日本語

Sakura fruits?

Today, as a friend of mine was watching Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen, she shared a random musing with me. She wondered if the 櫻 (さくら、sakura) plant is the same plant that produces real cherries. Yes, actually! The sakura flower, when fertilised … Continue reading

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Why is there so much English in Sailor Moon…?

One of my favourite new pastimes is watching “theory” videos on YouTube. Super Carlin Brothers, Film Theorists, Harry Potter Folklore, ProtoMario, Seamus Gorman… Wow, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. Anyway, as a writer, I enjoy listening to … Continue reading

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Not all samurai were Japanese

In 1579, a young man arrived in Japan from Mozambique. He was the servant (or slave) of an Italian Jesuit who had been appointed Visitor of the “Indies” (East and South, and East Africa). Where exactly this young man was born is lost … Continue reading

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Bridges and Numbers

I knew I’d have fun with this course. The essay isn’t even due till January, and I’m already thinking about it, even though I’ve got the exam Friday. I was thinking about doing loan word phonology, specifically words borrowed into … Continue reading

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Follow-up to previous posts: Mercury and Duolingo

Random stuff this week! Sailor Mercury: Friend of Water? When I was younger, before I started learning Japanese, I read that Sailor Mercury’s human name 亜美 (あみ, Ami) means “friend”. But this isn’t true. The French word ami/amie meaning “friend” … Continue reading

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Anime mystery: What does “head cha-la” mean?

Last week, I talked about Sailor Moon. This week, I’m talking about another anime from my childhood: Dragonball Z. The Japanese theme song, which I didn’t learn about until my adulthood, funny enough, has the words “Cha-la, head cha-la”… And … Continue reading

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Anime mystery: Why is water Sailor Mercury’s element?

Sailor Moon is one of the first anime I’ve ever watched, and also one of the only 少年 (しょうねん、shōnen) I’ve ever enjoyed. Come to think of it, it’s probably the only shōnen I’ve ever enjoyed. I grew up in love with … Continue reading

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