"There's Some Ginger." 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, April 20, 2019

A Rose's Nourishment by Any Other Name

Zさん:"That's a beautiful flower arrangement!"
Bさん:「Thank you!」
Zさん:"So what is that liquid you are pouring on the flowers?"
Bさん:「It's a special solution that has the exact nutrients the flowers need.」
Zさん:"So... it's はなみず。"
Bさん: 「... seriously? ...」

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Oy Vey!

男:"Are you ready for Passover?"
女:"Not quite, I have more food shopping to do."

Zさん:"... I think that woman is a Jew."
ドナルド:"Nah, she's a 七, or 八 tops."
Zさん:"Dude, Uncool! What is wrong with you!"

Friday, April 5, 2019



ミスタースパーコル:「Mmm... Italian Risotto...」

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cookin' Prep

Zさん:"玉ねぎ? 寝ないで!"

Friday, March 22, 2019


テレビ:"Love. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru."

Zさん:"... well ... that and a particular cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Do You Like Them Bananas

Zさん:"What? How dare you!  Those bananas bust their butts studying every afternoon after school!"
Aさん:「Yeah... that's true... and I would like to see them get into a good college. 」

Friday, March 8, 2019

Sounds Like a Flower

Zさん:"... what a beautiful... nose?"
Aさん:「No, I meant "flower". In Japanese, the words for nose and flower are both pronounced "hana".」
Zさん:"... so... they're... 'hana-phones'? "
Aさん:「... what?... 」

Friday, March 1, 2019


Aさん:「I was reading online about this guy who lives in Alaska.  After several blizzards, he was snowed in to his house, and could not get out for months.  He died because of ... well... cabin fever.」
Zさん:"Wow... so you're saying... vases are not only infectious, but also deadly?"

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Zさん:"Wanna hear a joke?"
Aさん:「Yes, but I doubt you could supply one...」
Zさん:"... anyway... what is Cinderella's favorite song?"
Aさん:「I don't know.」
Aさん:「... ha! and her love interest is Prince ジャニー。」

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

テレビ:"Every Kiss begins with Kay!"

Zさん:"Every kiss begins with 「エ」"
Zさん:"Well it does."
Bさん:「Some people are hopeless romantics.  You're just hopeless.」

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Buzz

Zさん:”Hey look, a bee hive! ... so what is Japanese word for ‘bee’ anyway?”
Aさん:「ハチ、just like the number 8. That’s because bees communicate with each other by dancing in a figure-eight pattern. Pretty cool, huh?」
Zさん:"I guess, but 無限大 would be even cooler.”

Friday, February 1, 2019

Name That Season

Zさん:"There was a blizzard last night! We're snowed in!"
Aさん:「Aw, nuts!」
Zさん:"... or more accurately, 'Aw, 冬!' "

Friday, January 25, 2019

Pretty Woman

Zさん:"Look at the pretty blonde woman over there.”
Aさん:「You should go talk to her!」
Zさん:"You know, I think I will.”


Zさん:"Hi, I’m Z.”
女:"I’m Kim Potts.”
Zさん:”Yes. Yes you are.”

Saturday, January 19, 2019



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!"

Friday, January 11, 2019


Aさん:「Yeah... don’t forget to check your チーズ。」

Friday, January 4, 2019


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 ...」