| Dec 28, 2013

Sharent: シェアレント

Sharent A sharent (シェアレント) is a parent who regularly uses social media to provide a lot of detailed information about their children. Anyone who has ever used Facebook before knows exactly who we’re talking about. These parents compulsively post photos, and blog and tweet ...

| Dec 22, 2013

This year's buzzwords show how Japanese is evolving

by Mark Schreiber

Last month I shelled out ¥2,980 for my 2014 edition of 現代用語の基礎知識 (“Gendai Yogo no Kiso Chishiki”, “Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words”). It’s a 1,660-page monster that’s well worth the outlay, and this year publisher Jiyu Kokumin-sha, as an extra bonus, included a 74-page booklet ...

| Dec 21, 2013

Brick: ブリック

A brick, or ブリック, is a mobile device that no longer works after a software update or installation. Appearing more frequently in day-to-day conversations in the United States and Europe as an increasing number of consumers switch to mobile devices, the verb brick is ...

December: A last tango with soba

| Dec 15, 2013

December: A last tango with soba

by Kaori Shoji

Some men go out to buy that flaming red sportscar. Others embark on a messy but absorbing divorce process. Then there is of course, nirvana: the gorufujō (ゴルフ場, golf course). But in Japan, when men hit a certain age they have another option to ...

| Dec 15, 2013

Ja, haite-mimasu

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

X (= verb in te-form) + みる is usually used in various patterns, such as in X (= verb in te-form) + みて(ください) (please do X and see how it is); X (= verb in te-form) +みたい(I want to do X and see how ...

Some illuminations on the red lantern

| Dec 1, 2013

Some illuminations on the red lantern

by Minoru Matsutani

Last month, the chōchin (提灯, a Japanese traditional lantern) at Kaminarimon (雷門, the gate of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward) was replaced with a new one, the first time it has been renewed since 2003. The Kaminarimon chōchin is 3.9 meters ...