じゃがいも = ポテト = Google Images provides overwhelming proof: じゃがいも, ポテト. You can add フライド in front of the latter, but it’s unnecessary. Updated to reflect that いも actually refers more generally to tubers.
バイク = bike = This one confuses a lot of people, and it frustrates the hell out of me when translators are unable to take a step back and realize that the villain/whoever is not pulling up on his/her … Continue reading
Nice pants: Nice パンツ: An inequality for this week. Just a friendly reminder that 外来語 doesn’t always mean what it sounds like.
I’m in The Japan Times with a look at how “Seinfeld” is being translated into Japanese: “These senbei are making me thirsty? How ‘Seinfeld’ sounds in Japanese.” “Seinfeld” was added to Netflix last October, and my editor noticed Japanese comments … Continue reading
I just sent out the May newsletter. I wrote about my love of 菓子パン (kashipan). The croissant above I don’t think technically counts as 菓子パン? My theory is that anything laminated and/or crunchy is a European-style pastry. 菓子パン are defined … Continue reading
We live in a world where the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants can grow up in California, get inspired by mariachi music, go on to an incredibly successful pop career in the US… and have one of his hits take … Continue reading
I’m in Japan! And have my hands full with crazy amounts of studying. But I had a minute last Sunday to check out the new Haruki Murakami Library on the Waseda campus. I wrote a bit about it in the … Continue reading
February newsletter went up yesterday with some good reading recs and even MORE television recs. For the blog I need something quick, so a preview of what I’m (probably) going to write about in the March newsletter seems like a … Continue reading
I may have developed a dangerous habit over the winter break. I learned about TVer in late November and didn’t really do anything with it until New Year’s rolled around, which is when I got nostalgic for 年末 programming. So … Continue reading
Hard to believe that 2020 is finally coming to an end…or is it? I’ve had a couple of tweets do pretty well the past week, and I’m going to attribute most of the success to sheer luck. I happened to … Continue reading