There are many Japanese words that can't translate to English as the true meaning.
Sometimes I really wish I could use them and deliver the true meaning.
Itadakimasu - As you know, we use this before we eat.
What this can be translated into? - Thank you for making the food? - mmm it's not.
Gochiso sama deshita - This is practically the same situation. We use this when you finish eating.
Thank you for the delicious food. We use this in small restaurants
like sushi ya, Izakaya, etc.(Not a big
chain restaurant). We use this when we exit the restaurant.
If you say "Gochiso sama deshita~~" to the owner or sushi chef, they
know what it means. - If they are Japanese :)
Ittekimasu - We use this when we go somewhere. What does it mean? - "Bye"??
Okaerinasai - We use this when somebody comes home. This one word is kind of like
"Welcome home", "I am glad you are safe", "Happy to see you" :)
Ganbatte or Ganbare! - When you cheer up somebody, you can use this one word.
More like "Good luck", "Hope you can make it better", "I am praying you will
be good", "Do your best!", "Hang in there"...
Honno kimochi desu - We use this when we give a gift to somebody. Like I post on my blog before,
Japanese people like giving a gift in any occasion. It is like a tradition to
show appreciation. If I translate to English, it will be similar to "This is
a token of appreciation for....", but the Japanese never use direct words, so it is more
likely "This is my heart?"
Ojyama shimasu - When you go into somebody's house, you can use this word.
"I am coming in. Thank you for letting me in" ... This also is hard to translate.
But if you can use this word when you visit a Japanese's house. It is very
polite and they will appreciate it.
Osore irimasu - "I am sorry to bother you" , "I am so sorry to trouble you" .... Also there is meaning
of "excuse me, but could you do ......." It depends on the situation.
This is the one I always want to use in US if they can understand what is really meant.
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu - This is great word. And there are many meanings in
different occations. If I translate to directly, it is "I beg your kindness".
Ex 1) - If you meet a Japanese at work at the first time.
"Hi, My name is Tom" "Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu" or "Dozo yoroshiku" - It means "Nice to
meet you" but there is more deep meaning in it like "If I have something I don't understand, please
teach me or I may give you trouble but thank you for your help" or " I 'm looking for
working with you".
Ex 2) When you say "Bye" or "Thank you" in business. - "Thank you for your time. We keep in
touch. -You can say "Kongo tomo dozo yoroshiku".
Ex 3) - If you meet a new Japanese teacher in your class. You can say "Yoroshiku onegaishimasu"
It means "I will try to do my best" "Thank you for teaching me".
Ex 4)- In New Years, all Japanese people say "Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu" - it means
"Thank you for being in a good relationship" "I may give you trouble, but thank you for
It is kind of strange, but either way there are many things including the meaning of "Thank you for taking care of me" or "Please be nice to me".
Osewa ni narimasu - This word has a similar meaning.
For example, if the wife meets the husband's boss or co-worker, the wife has to say "Osewa ni narimasu" - It is strange, but it really means "Thank you for taking care of my husband at work."
If you see your child's teacher, you can use this word. It means "Thank you very much for teaching my child - you are great teacher!"
Anyway..... Japanese is hard, but there are a lot of beautiful words.
(To me..... English is hard) :(
I don't know this is good to do or not. I just wanted to hear your opinion.
In the United States, you can see many people tasting foods before they buy it.
For example, fruits such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries.
Some people open up the package and taste them, before they even buy it!
Mmmmmm..... Is this OK? - I understand they want to buy a tasty one, but as a Japanese,
I can't do this unelss they have samples.
Also some people start drinking the sodas or juice jugs in the store while they are shopping. What do you think about this?
I was kind of shocked when I saw this at first.
I am sure this is different in each country.
How about in your country?
|Cafe in Ghibli museum|
I am so sorry that I haven't written any on this blog for a long time.
Ok... what should I start with...
I will talk about Japanese coffee shops and restaurants.
There are many coffee shops which are called "kissaten" in Japan.
Of course they have Starbucks too!
By the way do you know what Japanese people calls Starbucks? It is "Su-Ta-Ba".
Kissaten are particularly popular among students or business people, like salary men.
Kissaten serve coffee, tea, soft drinks, and food such as sandwiches, toast, spagetti, sweets, etc...
It depends on the place, but if you go shopping in a popular town, it is naturally to see girls enjoying some "tea-time."
There are Kissten that have different themes. For example, if they have a lot of manga books, it is called "Manga kissa". If they wear maid clothes, it is called "Maid kissa". These Kissa means "kissaten".
CAUTION! Most coffee shops and restaurants are not refill free.
For example, if you order coke, they will serve one can of coke and a glass with ice. That's it! If you get refill, they will charge another one.
Compared to the cups given in the US, these cups are really small! So if you are thirsty, one sip is all you need to drink it all.
Just remind you..... the portion of the food is also small compare to here in US.
If you go to a family restaurant, like Dennys and Cocos, they usually have a drink bar.
These are refill free and you can get as much as
At last, if you have a chance to visit Japan, please stop by a Japanese convenience store.
They are totally different. They have all kinds of drinks (everything is so tasty), sweets and
Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Most of the Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoism or both. Usually there is a large red gate in front of the Shinto shrine calls "Torii"
|Butsudan (Buddhist altar)|
Kamidana is usually displayed on the high shelf of the house.
Sometimes Kamidana may also include a shimenawa, a sacred rope of twisted rice straw traditionally used to demarcate a sacred area. They also offer water, sake (rice beer), food, and green twigs which are placed daily at the front of the shrine. When you pray for Kamidana, first bow twice and then clap your hand twice, then you pray, and after that you bow once.
If you know the Japanese culture and Japanese people deeply, you might think they are a very complicated race.
I do not think many countries have characteristics like Japan. Today I am talking about "謙遜する-Kenson suru" - humble (being modest) Japanese.
In Japan when you talk to people, you have to refer to yourself of lower level (modest or humble) than
your actual situation, ability or value.
This is the very basic thing the Japanese people do every day.
If someone says "I heard that your son is excellent at the school!"
Japanese people will say "No, No, I am afraid he is terrible."
-They never say " Yes, he is a good boy " or something like that.
"Your daughter is so cute!"
- "Thank you, but she is a handful, I always have to keep my eyes on her...."
Japanese people prefer to use following answers:
Did you think the Japanese are negative? We are not. We are just being humble.
I already talked about when you give a gift , you have to say "This is just a little thing.. but..." or "It's nothing fancy.. but.."before you give a present. There are some more.
When you invite someone to your house:
It's a mess, but please come in. (Kitanai tokoro desuga dozo ohairi kudasai) - even if house is perfectly clean
It's a tiny house, but please come in. (Semai uchi desuga dozo) - even it is a huge house
We really don't have anything to serve you, but please come in. (Nanno okamai mo dekimasenga, dozo)
-even if you already prepare nice dinner
When your guest leaves:
Sorry, I couldn't serve you enough, but thank you for coming. (Nanimo okamai dekinakute sumimasen)
-even though you did enough for your guest
If you didn't serve tea or anything, you can say
-Sorry, I didn't even serve you a tea. (Ocha mo dasazuni sumimasen)
Most of the Japanese believes "A clever falcon hides his claws." or "Modesty is a virtue"
and they use it in everyday life.
If you have Japanese friends, why don't you try this and see if they will be humble or not.
If they are not, then maybe get a Japanican. (very Americanized Japanese) ^_^
It is believed that tombodama beads were originated in Mesopotamia about 3,500 years ago. In ancient times, they were made by craftsmen for members of royal families and aristocrats and, were regarded as precious accessories.
Now Tombodama beads are used for obi dome, cell phone strap, jewelries, and can be collectable items.
Tombodama prices are in a wide range.
"Bellabolla" owner Karen-san is sharing her collection with an affordable price. Also Bellabolla carries vintage Japanese beads.
Sometimes I get this gesture when foreign country people say "Thank you-
Arigato" to me, but we don't use this gesture when we say it.
Am I cute? (Kawaii?)
When a Japanese teenager takes pictures, they sometime do this pose. They put a 'peace' sign on their cheek, or some part of their face to ask, "Am I cute?"
Snooty - put fist on your nose.
(From 70 Japanese gestures)
By the way this is kind of like a Japanese slung - they use the "gay" word for men who like men and
they dress up with regular men's clothing. "Okama" is the word used for men who dress up in women's clothing.
We have more interesting gestures. If you can think about something or you realized when you were in Japan or around Japanese friends, please let me know through my facebook or blog.
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you can talk about a lot of things !! :) - Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu.....