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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Zさん:"Hey, let's get takeout tonight for dinner.  Are you craving anything in particular?  Chinese? American? Italian?"
Aさん:「How about Cuban?」
Zさん:"... so... the ninth restaurant?"

Friday, February 17, 2017


Zさん:"Wow, that must have been the best sushi I've ever eaten."
Aさん:「Hey, didn't I tell you the sushi at this restaurant is delicious?」
Zさん:"Absolutely.  I must say... the horse won."
Aさん:「... horse? ... won?」

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Aさん:「Hey, did you do laundry?」
Aさん:「。。。the Colonel's chicken with 11 herbs and spices may be delicious, but hardly able to clean clothes.」

Friday, February 3, 2017


Zさん:"ね、ね、I have a riddle for you."
Bさん:「Sounds like fun, what is it?」
Zさん:"What do you call it when a rabbit and an eel wear jackets?"
Bさん:「I don't know, what do you call it when a rabbit and an eel wear jackets?」
Bさん:「That's so cute, especially considering rabbits and eels have neither the necessity nor the capacity to wear jackets, and furthermore they would look absurd doing so.」
Zさん:"... I was going for the random wordplay, but sure ..."