Saturday, January 19, 2019

おどるポンポコリン

「なんでもかんでもみんな
おどりをおどっているよ

おなべの中から ボワっと
インチキおじさん 登場

いつだって わすれない
。。。」

Zさん:"... Zさんは えらい人!"
Aさん:「そんなの。。。常識。。。じゃない」

Friday, January 11, 2019

二つの建物

Aさん:「今日、忙しい?」
Zさん:”そうですね。としょうかんにパスポートを更新する。それから、大使館に本を返す。”
Aさん:「Yeah... don’t forget to check your チーズ。」

Friday, January 4, 2019

Shrine

Zさん:"This Japanese shrine is pretty cool. What are these two dog-lion-thing statues at the entrance?"
Aさん:「狛犬です。They are said to ward off evil spirits.」
Zさん:"Wait... why does one have its mouth open and the other have its mouth closed?"
Aさん:「One is saying 'あ' which is the first character in the Japanese syllabary, and the other is saying 'ん' which is the last character.」
Zさん:"So another way to look at it is ... the alpha and the omega?"
Aさん:「... you just blew my mind ...」

Friday, December 28, 2018

Oh, Ok

Zさん:"Sometimes romaji can be much more pragmatic than ひらがな and カタカナ。For romaji, if one pronounces the letter 'O', then one's mouth forms the shape of the letter 'O'. I have never seen anyone form their mouth in the shape of 'お', or even 'オ'."

Friday, December 21, 2018

Small Namesake

Aさん:「Hi, Zさん。I'd like you to meet my new girlfriend, Allison.」
Allison:"Nice to meet you."
Zさん:"Nice to meet you too.  So... do you have a cousin, クモちゃん?"
Aさん:「。。。」

Friday, December 14, 2018

Pachelbel's Canon

Zさん:"Ever notice how deeply engrained "Pachelbel's Canon" is in the Japanese musical psyche?  It is heard in loudspeakers of almost all department stores and train stations.  Innumerable J-POP songs pilfered the chord progression, and layered it with lovelorn lyrics.   The funny thing is, most Japanese people realize this and don't seem to mind!  I guess if you find something that works, don't reinvent the wheel of fifths."

Friday, December 7, 2018

Petting Zoo

Zさん:“This place is bizarre! None of the animals have genders! Gender-less ponies, gender-less pigs, gender-less goats, even this chicken! 変かな!”
Aさん:「ルースターかな。。。」
Zさん:“... Exactly!”