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Daily Japanese #388

2014, January 31 Leave a comment

スポ根 (すぽこん/supokon)

-hear (athletics); tenacity

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漆器 (しっき/shikki)

-lacquer ware

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卒倒 (そっとう/sottou)

-fainting; swooning

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Daily Japanese #387

2014, January 30 Leave a comment

逸材 (いつざい/itsuzai)

-outstanding talent

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孤客 (こかく/kokaku)

-lone traveler

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連載 (れんさい/rensai)

-serialization; serial story

…This is the live action version of the manga series Freesia, about an alternate Japan in the midst of a war and where a Vengeance Act was passed which allowed families grieved by serious crimes to hire proxies to carry out revenge killings lawfully.
It’s a lot more interesting to read it and the live action movie just turns out to be like a splatter film and kind of ridiculous.

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Daily Japanese #386

2014, January 29 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

火桶 (ひおけ/hioke)

-wooden brazier

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栞 (しおり/shiori)

-bookmark
-guidebook

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澪 (みお/mio)

-waterway; channel
-wake (of a ship)

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Daily Japanese #385

2014, January 28 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

諸蕃 (しょばん/shoban)

-foreign lands (derogatory)
-clans supposedly descended from foreign lineage

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排他 (はいた/haita)

-exclusion

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辞職 (じしょく/jishoku)

-resignation

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Daily Japanese #384

2014, January 27 Leave a comment

Daily Japanese #384Word of the day:

極道 (ごくどう/gokudou)

-wicked; evil; profligate; immoral; wickedness; evildoing
-organized crime; yakuza; underworld

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右翼 (うよく/uyoku)

-right-wing; right wing
-right field (e.g. in sport)

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街宣車 (がいせんしゃ/gaisensha)

-propaganda truck

…Well it’s quite obvious where today’s words come from. Uyoku (the right wing) in Japan are usually synonymous with the Yakuza, though there are subtle differences.

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Daily Japanese #383

2014, January 26 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

罪源 (ざいげん/zaigen)

-substance of a sin; source of a sin

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収税吏  (しゅうぜいり/shuuzeiri)

-tax collector

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心を鬼にする (こころをおににする/kokoro wo oni ni suru)

-to harden one’s heart

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Daily Japanese #382

2014, January 25 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

参謀 (さんぼう/sanbou)

-staff officer; participating in planning

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正当 (せいとう/seitou)

-just; justifiable; right; due; proper; equitable; reasonable; legitimate; legal; lawful

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正当防衛 (せいとうぼうえい/seitoubouei)

-legitimate self-defence; legitimate self-defence

…A remake of the 1974 series, Space Battleship Yamato. Excellent series that was heavily influential at the time and many decades later in the mecha and space opera genre. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is a highly recommended watch.