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, July 27, 2018

Zさん and Cさん at a Bar

Zさん:"Hey Cさん, I would like you to meet my new friends, um, Mary and Sue."
Maryさん:"Hi, Cutie!"
Cさん:「I am a cucumber?」

Friday, July 20, 2018

Time to Look at the Sky

Zさん:”I have a riddle for you!”
Aさん:「Oh how I love these! ... go on...」
Zさん:“If you see a rainbow in Japan, what time is it?”
Aさん:「I don’t know.」
Aさん:「Ha! I see what you did there.... nice...」

Friday, July 13, 2018

Free Snacks

Maureen: "Hey, Z! How are you?"
Zさん:"Maureen, hi! I'm good, what's new?"
Maureen: "Well... I got engaged!  I'd like you to meet my fiance, John Agga.  Of course, I will be taking his name."
Zさん:"... so... can I have some free snacks?"

Friday, July 6, 2018


Zさん:"Hey, in this Japanese article, what are the little ひらがな above the 漢字?"
Aさん:「That's what's known as ふりがな。It is a pronunciation guide for difficult 漢字。」
Zさん:"Oh, I get it! Like, hurry up, you're gonna read it."
Aさん:「... a way to remember... a way to remember... Nice!」