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, June 30, 2017

On Sale

Zさん:"Hey, I heard Kinokuniya is having a BOGO textbook sale.  Wanna go?"
Cさん:「... but I am ... native Japanese speaker.」

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Scary Story

Zさん:"... and the old man entered the dilapidated, creepy house.  That it was scary would be an understatement.  A loose floorboard creaked under his footstep.  Cobwebs hung from every corner.  Bats squeaked off in the distance ... and then ... the old man lived a long time, his health slowly decreasing over several decades ... dan! dan! dan!"

Friday, June 16, 2017


Zさん:"So do they pay you in ... heh heh ... キャッシュ?"
Bさん:「No.  Cashews.」

Friday, June 9, 2017


Zさん:"Why is 美しい such an ugly-sounding word?"

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Everything's Fine

Aさん:「What would you think if I were to say, everything's fine?」
Bさん:「I don't know, what?」