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 31, 2018


Zさん:“That’s a cool hat. Where did you get it?”
Zさん:“No, I know what to do with a hat, I’m asking where you got it.”

Friday, August 24, 2018


Zさん:"I read that recently scientists performed an experiment, and they successfully used an enzyme to change type A, B, and AB blood into type O." *
Aさん:「Wow! That's incredible!」
Zさん:"Yeah, and in a related experiment they were able to turn Pisces, Tauri, and Gemini into Leos."

*Seriously! Click here.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Muppets Take Tokyo

Piggy: “Oh, Kermie, that show was so much fun! And it’s still early! Maybe we could get something to eat, or I guess we could go home...”
Kermit : “... um, Piggy, well, ... 帰るよ。”
Fozzie : “... 熊よ。ワカワカ!”

Friday, August 10, 2018


Zさん:"... so, I overhear this conversation two other people are having, and out of the blue, one of them says, '... and by the way, I am LGBT'."
Cさん:「... so... N5?... N4?」

Friday, August 3, 2018


Zさん:"The kanji in 酔わす makes me smile.  Apparently drinking 89 bottles of sake is ok, but 90 qualifies as drunk.  Well, I guess the line had to be drawn somewhere."