"There's Some Ginger." One gaijin's attempt to learn Japanese through mnemonics, puns, and general linguistic absurdity.

Looking for Fractalsmith Games? Sorry, but Ed Siewert, the creative force behind Fractalsmith has decided to focus his efforts on making cheesy Japanese puns instead of cheesy computer games.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Subaru

テレビ:"Love. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru."

Zさん:"... well ... that and a particular cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Do You Like Them Bananas

Aさん:「あっ!バナナ。食べていい?」
Zさん:"どうぞ。"
Aさん:「ん。まだ熟していない。」
Zさん:"What? How dare you!  Those bananas bust their butts studying every afternoon after school!"
Aさん:「Yeah... that's true... and I would like to see them get into a good college. 」

Friday, March 8, 2019

Sounds Like a Flower

Aさん:「きれいな花ですね!」
Zさん:"... what a beautiful... nose?"
Aさん:「No, I meant "flower". In Japanese, the words for nose and flower are both pronounced "hana".」
Zさん:"... so... they're... 'hana-phones'? "
Aさん:「... what?... 」

Friday, March 1, 2019

Alaska

Aさん:「I was reading online about this guy who lives in Alaska.  After several blizzards, he was snowed in to his house, and could not get out for months.  He died because of ... well... cabin fever.」
Zさん:"Wow... so you're saying... vases are not only infectious, but also deadly?"
Aさん:「。。。」

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Cinderella

Zさん:"Wanna hear a joke?"
Aさん:「Yes, but I doubt you could supply one...」
Zさん:"... anyway... what is Cinderella's favorite song?"
Aさん:「I don't know.」
Zさん:"硝子の靴時代の。。。"
Aさん:「... ha! and her love interest is Prince ジャニー。」

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

テレビ:"Every Kiss begins with Kay!"

Zさん:"Every kiss begins with 「エ」"
Bさん:「。。。」
Zさん:"Well it does."
Bさん:「Some people are hopeless romantics.  You're just hopeless.」



Friday, February 8, 2019

The Buzz

Zさん:”Hey look, a bee hive! ... so what is Japanese word for ‘bee’ anyway?”
Aさん:「ハチ、just like the number 8. That’s because bees communicate with each other by dancing in a figure-eight pattern. Pretty cool, huh?」
Zさん:"I guess, but 無限大 would be even cooler.”