Middle class and upper middle class samurai? Yes, please! Continue reading What does Ushigome Tansu Machi mean?
In Tokyo, there’s the Hibiya Line train, there’s Hibiya Park and there’s an area called Hibiya. But what does Hibiya mean? The answer might surprise you. Continue reading Why is Hibiya called Hibiya?
Today I’m showing a list of my favorite 顔文字 (kaomoji) – or japanese smileys. In America we use really boring ones like : ) ; ) but the Japanese have really elaborate ones. And when you enter certain words, certain smileys will come up. Most Japanese cellphones have user customizable dictionaries, so if you want certain words to convert to certain smileys, you can program it that way. As an iPhone user, I don’t have a customizable dictionary. So the best I’ve been able to do is make lists in the Notes section and copy and paste them when I … Continue reading KAOMOJI – Japanese Smileys