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Crouching Interpreter, Hidden Agenda

February 10th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This isn’t entirely related to Japanese learning, but I think most of you Japanese learners/aspiring interpreters out there will appreciate it. This is a short film made by my translator and musician friend Mark, all about the dangers of letting someone with ulterior motives be your interpreter. It also features some pretty awesome ハナレグミ music. I present to you… Crouching Interpreter, Hidden Agenda. [Read more →]

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Do you know your Japanese prefectures (県)?

February 7th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I just discovered this on the internet and I thought I’d share. It’s a really cool game for remembering where the are in Japan. Of course, you’ll need to be able to read the names first, and it can be a bit frustrating until you actually learn the locations of more of the 県 than 北海道 and 沖縄.

I’ll be putting this under a cut since it auto-plays music and I know you don’t want that messing up your LJ friends pages and whatnot. [Read more →]

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Contest results!

February 6th, 2008 · 7 Comments

All right, now it’s time to decide the winner of the 雪祭り Giveaway! There were 14 entrants in total, from all over the world! Everyone got the answer right, too: the characters in the picture were from the children’s program 『しましまとらのしまじろう』, which has recently achieved a little bit of notoriety for its special on going to the bathroom:

「うんくん、バイバイ!!」

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the winner of the contest! (I’m using this site to assist with the random decision, in case you’re wondering.) The winner of the 雪祭り Giveaway is… [Read more →]

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Contest Time: It’s the 雪祭り Giveaway!

February 4th, 2008 · Comments Off

Today, beforebreakfast.net will be holding its first-ever contest, where the prize is your choice of awesome Japanese-learning materials! Are you ready? よっしゅ、行くぞー! [Read more →]

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Japanese Snowmen Attack!

February 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments

When I went to Sapporo in 2004 for the 雪祭り (the Snow Festival), my friend Brian and I stumbled upon many unusual snow sculptures and artistic winter creations.

Perhaps the most daunting of all was the army of Japanese snowmen we encountered (click for biggie): [Read more →]

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