Kanji Tip 5 - 馬鹿 (idiot)

This time, the kanji tip that I have to give you is really funny! Check out the kanji:

It's one of those words so very much used in anime and dramas (well maybe by Japanese in general!). 馬鹿 (baka) means "iditot" or "fool", but... why is the person you are talking about, an idiot? Behold the answer below!!

The first kanji (馬, uma) means "horse". The second kanji (鹿, shika) means "deer".

So, the reason for that person to be an idiot is not understanding the difference between a horse and a deer!! xD

Japanenglish 4: Clothing store name

Hum... What?

In a subway station in Osaka...

Now this is what I call good service! :D

Valentine's Day in Japan

Today is Valentine's Day!

This day has its popularity all over the world, and it is celebrated in different ways in many countries.

In Japan, it is a day when girls offer presents (mostly chocolates) to boys. Not only offering chocolate to their loved one is popular (本命チョコ, honmei choko, meaning "favorite" chocolate), but they also offer chocolates to friends, colleagues, and other people they intend to keep a good relationship with (nothing related to love). In this case it is called a 義理チョコ (giri choko), which means "obligation" chocolate.

This is, as you can imagine, a really big business for chocolate companies! In fact, only on the week before Valentine's Day, it is said that chocolate companies make half of their annual sales! Can you believe it?

And did you know there is a day for boys to return chocolates to girls? It is called "White Day", and it is celebrated on March 14th!

Be careful not to eat to much of it! :D

Tokyo Subway Lines

As you should already know by seeing the Tokyo subway map, there are a lot of lines! So, how to memorize them? Colors don't work very well. The result would be something like: "the dark-blue line goes north, and the light-blue line goes south".

So they chose a letter from each line name to identify it! It's actually quite intuitive, in my opinion!

By the way, today is a national holiday in Japan! It's the National Foundation Day (建国記念の日, けんこくきねんのひ, kenkoku kinen no hi), day that celebrates the foundation of Japan, and the accession of its first Emperor, Emperor Jinmu (神武天皇, year 660 BC) (picture below).

Have a nice holiday!

Japanenglish 3: Makotoya LOGO!

I was kinda uncertain about this one but... is it just me or it doesn't make much sense?