地獄耳 (jigokumimi)

I recently learned this word while reading Chibi Maruko-chan: 地獄耳 (jigokumimi) – The ability to remember everything one hears, or the ability to instantly hear secrets and rumours (having a sharp ear). You’ll notice that 地獄耳 (jigokumimi) is composed of the word for hell (地獄), and ear (耳) of course. But why hell? This is what got … More 地獄耳 (jigokumimi)

呼び捨て

Japan is very big on showing respect towards one another. You’ll very quickly learn that when addressing someone, depending on their gender, profession and social status, there are different ways to do this. The Japanese would call this adding an honorific title. I’m sure you would have come across the common ones such as さん … More 呼び捨て

初 (はつ)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good christmas and fun celebrations 🙂 As my first post of the year I’ve decided on the word hatsu (初) meaning first in Japanese. New year, or お正月 (oshougatsu) in Japan is very important. People have time off and go back to their home towns. They do … More 初 (はつ)

木漏れ日

The wonderful thing about learning Japanese, and languages in general, is that every now and then you’ll stumble upon a few words unique to the language in question with no equivalent in your own. Here is a word I meant to write about a while back, ever since I was taught it by someone, but … More 木漏れ日