Tag - the-buzz



Japan Times
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 3, 2019
Understanding 'teru teru bōzu,' the ghost-like charms in 'Weathering With You'
While Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, “Weathering With You,” has already been released in Japan, it’s likely anime fans overseas won’t be able to see the movie until 2020. However, there are a few moments in the film that may leave international audiences scratching their heads when they finally...
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Nov 22, 2014
Maternity harassment
Maternity harassment refers to various forms of workplace bullying involving pregnancy.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Oct 25, 2014
A heart-racing dance craze has been the rage since Toyota launched two music videos for an ad campaign in July that features techno-pop outfit World Order.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 30, 2014
Hostile architecture
Hostile architecture is the design of public spaces in a way that discourages people from sitting or lying on them.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 23, 2014
Sagi (詐欺)
Instant messenger Line has been a popular target with fraudsters in recent months, with users being asked to buy prepaid cards in messages from friends whose smartphones have been hacked. In August, Line users have been hit by a new type of fraud (sagi, 詐欺) in which swindlers ask for ¥100,000...
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 9, 2014
A pop-up is a temporary store that is small in size and attempts to build up interest through consumer exposure.
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Jul 26, 2014
OC desu
OC desu is a short-handed way of saying oishi, or 'it's delicious.'
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
May 24, 2014
Crowdfunding is defined as 'the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community.'
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
May 10, 2014
Boko Haram
Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist group that operates in northern Nigeria.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Mar 15, 2014
Zero-hour contract
A zero-hour contract is an employment contract used in the U.K. containing provisions that create an 'on-call' arrangement between an employer and employee.
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Mar 8, 2014
Aruki-sumaho or, literally, 'smartphone walking' refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
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.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Feb 8, 2014
Frost quake
A frost quake (shimo jishin, or 霜地震) is produced when soil or groundwater that has become saturated with water after a period of heavy rainfall freezes and expands after a sharp drop in air temperature. The earth subsequently cracks, creating a loud popping sound that can sometimes feel like a...
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Jan 11, 2014
What the heck is that word I keep hearing?
A polar vortex (kyokūzu/極渦) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet's geographical poles. The extreme arctic blasts that wreaked havoc across the United States last week were caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the...
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Dec 28, 2013
Sharent: シェアレント
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
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 typically used in the passive...
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Nov 23, 2013
A "selfie" is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." Oxford Dictionaries, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, last week named selfie as its 2013 word of the year.
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Nov 9, 2013
Ima desho!: Do it now!
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Oct 19, 2013
Omotenashi: The spirit of selfless hospitality


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world