100 Japanese Things

In Which 100 Japanese Things Shall Be Revealed, So That You May Learn Much Japanese From Them

What’s Going on Here? February 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Saleem @ 6:04 am

Hey Person,

Do you

  • want to learn Japanese?
  • from real Japanese stuff?
  • And you’re not particularly into anime (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?

I(soon to be we) am just like you, at least regarding the above.

A few years ago, I moved to Japan without knowing a lick of Japanese. I just didn’t know how to find the good Japanese stuff. I’d walk into stores and see lots of… things.

Some that looked cool. But not speaking Japanese made it hard to know what the hell to buy.

The information on the internet skewed toward anime and martial arts, and those are both cool things, but I just happened to not be too into them. And my Japanese friends would sometimes recommend me things that seemed way beyond my level or unapproachable, either too hard or hard to get.

So here we’ll review 100 Japanese things (for starters), from the point of a Japanese learner. How’s it work? We’ll tell you:

  • what the thing is
  • where you can get it
  • what kind of Japanese you might learn from it
  • a phrase from it that you can use right away

We’ll make no claims to be critics or Japanese experts, just people sharing 100 Japanese things. Here we go.


2 Responses to “What’s Going on Here?”

  1. あかん Says:

    アニメって好きじゃないのか。でも漫画もあるだろう。 😀

  2. Saleem Says:

    Thanks, あかん。 Just to clarify, I actually kind of like anime now. At first, I didn’t get it (embarrassing disclosure: I fell asleep during my first time watching Akira).

    But now I’ve come around, and think of anime the same way as I think of books, movies, etc. : There’s some stuff I really, really, like and some stuff I don’t 🙂

    There’s lots of anime-Japanese sites; this one’s just trying to do something a little different.

    But no haters are we! Anime maniacs, rock out, do your thing. You cats are cool by us.

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