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10 Japanese Buzzwords for 2013

Every year publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha publishes a list of buzzwords that capture the things that were popular. Everything from popular catchphrases on television to political terminology and even niche terms used on the internet. (more…)

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Autumn Foliage

Autumn is in full bloom in many places across Japan right now, so it seems seasonal for a little update about 紅葉 (こうよう or もみじ). Both words refer to the vibrant, colourful leaves that emerge with the colder, shorter days. See what you make of this listening practice. Photo from Autumn Foliage The script: […]

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Carnivorous Girls and Herbivorous Boys

Are traditional gender identities changing? It seems like it might be the case if we examine buzzwords from Japan. Popular a couple of years ago, the so-called 肉食女子 and 草食男子 – carnivorous girls and herbivorous boys – paint a very different picture to the traditional idea of assertive men and shy women. (more…)

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