My 8-year-old wanted to use my computer. “I need to search the Internet for a picture of a kurumaisu,” he said, in his usual blend of English and Japanese. Never mind that both his parents are American; he’s lived in Japan since he was 5 and attends a Japanese elementary school. This qualifies him as a chanpon meijin (expert at mixing up the languages).

“A wheelchair? Why do you need a picture of a wheelchair?” I asked.

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