Click here for more "Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist in English." The one term I recognize is Itadakimasu, or "I will have this," the Amen of a secular form of grace recited by school children before meals...
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saw this Odyssey article by Marie Sugoi — a glossary of terms that have no real English equivalent — and thought it was well worth sharing (for the lovely photos, too). While I do not recall hearing most of these words while we were living in Japan, many of the concepts are familiar — particularly the notion that beauty comes from imperfection, as with this broken piece of pottery mended with a bit of gold, an art form known as Kintsukuroi.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I've watched this "Baseball Party" ad about eight times now. You can find it on the Toyota website here. There's a behind the scenes/making-of video too. I managed to capture a few screen shots, which I kindly share below. (And yes, Tokyo side streets really are this clean and tidy.)