I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded <I>yome</I>

| Mar 9, 2014

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded yome

by Kaori Shoji

I was trudging home the other night with a dōryō (同僚, colleague) after another in a series of sābisu zangyō (サービス残業, unpaid overtime) sessions, debating whether to skip dinner or stop off at the nearest 24-hour sūpā (スーパー, supermarket). Out of the blue, my ...

| Mar 8, 2014

Aruki-sumaho

Aruki-sumaho or, literally, "smartphone walking" refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.

| Feb 22, 2014

Satori no Sedai

Satori no Sedai," or "Generation Resignation," is a term used to describe those born around the time the economy started to slide two decades ago.

Playing the Japanese name game

| Feb 16, 2014

Playing the Japanese name game

by Mark Schreiber

Once, when telephoning the international PR office of a major electronics manufacturer, I got lucky. Without my even asking, the young woman who picked up the phone volunteered her name, saying 私は青木と申します (Watashi wa Aoki to mōshimasu, My name is Aoki). Actually it sounded ...