In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

Jul 14, 2014

In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

by Kaori Shoji

One of the things the Japanese media love to discuss is kazoku no hōkai (家族の崩壊, collapse of the family) — an evergreen topic that’s been around since the late 1960s, a time when most urban Japanese families could first afford a television. Academics and ...

| Jul 7, 2014

Otoko-rashī hito-ga taipu-na-no-ne.

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Today we will introduce some expressions that describe the behaviors, physical features or attributes that characterize a person and X(noun)らしいY(noun) is one of these expressions, as in Ms. Tamachi's 男(おとこ)らしい人(ひと)( a manly person) in Situation 1, or as in 先生(せんせい)らしい態度(たいど)(The attitude that is appropriate ...

Jun 22, 2014

Today's weird words are tomorrow's standard speech

by Mark Schreiber

Last month, a most peculiar word, dotakyan, popped up repeatedly in the media in reference to former Beatle Paul McCartney, who was forced to cancel his entire schedule of concerts due to health concerns. Mainstream news organizations reported this as 全公演中止が決まった (zen kōen chūshi ...

True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 15, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

by Kaori Shoji

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...