This blog is 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, August 16, 2019


Zさん:"... so this song is about taking a spaceship to a distant star cluster and bringing back souvenirs?”

Friday, August 9, 2019


Zさん:"The kanji for 包む makes me smile. It's like two つ's wrapped up together."

Friday, August 2, 2019

Emotionally Weary

Zさん:"Question: How does one go from 疲れた to 疲れはてた?"
Aさん:「I don't know.」
Zさん:"Add 'hate'."

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Zさん:"Watch out! Our boss, Ms. Smith, is pissed because our team missed the deadline."
Zさん:"Not just Lee, she may kill all of us!"

Friday, July 19, 2019

Particle Man

先生:「... and as we know, through the use of the Large Hadron Collider, scientists proved the existence of the Higgs Boson Particle.  Now, would someone please explain the function of the Higgs Boson, as arguably the most important particle... Mr. Z?」
Zさん:"Um... 私 Higgs Boson Mr. Z です。"
先生:「Once again, Mr. Z, you are as insightful as you are reverent.」

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Is There Anything They Can't Do?


Zさん:"Aさん!久しぶり!How's life in Japan?"
Aさん:「Great! But the weather is changing. Spring was beautiful and refreshing, but summer...」

ミスタースパーコル:"Mmm... Donuts..."


Friday, July 5, 2019


Aさん:「That Japanese actor is on all the TV talk shows recently.」
Zさん:"Yeah, he's the latest end of the eagle's foot."
Aさん:「... end ... of ...?」
Zさん:"Talon Toe"
Aさん:「... Rest assured, one does not become a talon toe by creating extremely lame puns.」