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 23, 2019


Zさん:"Hi, Bさん. Wow! That's a beautiful tattoo on your hand!"
Bさん:「Thanks! Yeah, it is an Indian design. Henna Tattoo です。」
Zさん:"... well, it is a little unusual, but I wouldn't go that far."

Friday, August 16, 2019


Zさん:"... so this song is about taking a spaceship to a distant star cluster and bringing back souvenirs?”

Friday, August 9, 2019


Zさん:"The kanji for 包む makes me smile. It's like two つ's wrapped up together."

Friday, August 2, 2019

Emotionally Weary

Zさん:"Question: How does one go from 疲れた to 疲れはてた?"
Aさん:「I don't know.」
Zさん:"Add 'hate'."