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The website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is stupid.

I wanted to send a comment with their online form. When I push the ‘Confirm’ button, I am bounced back [飛ばされる] into the top page in Engli...
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Apr 30, 2011 22:54
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The best district in downtown Kyoto will be the Ritz-Carlton.

The place where there was the Hotel Fujita Kyoto, by the Kamogawa (鴨川) River, will be the Ritz-Carlton, the Nikkei said. I wondered if th...
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Apr 30, 2011 21:59 Japan 京都
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The Difference between Passive Voice and Active Voice

If you purposely delete your old articles on Lang-8 for some reason [何らかの理由で] and you want to say sorry to your regular readers, because ...
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Apr 30, 2011 20:49 Japanese_language voice 受身
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Anime へうげもの Hyougemono’s CG was successful.

The anime “Hyouge-mono” (へうげもの) used CG pictures to depict a pitch black tea bowl, 黒楽茶碗 (Kuro raku chawan). I think that it is rather mor...
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Apr 29, 2011 22:31 anime
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「ロンドンに行けたらいいのに。」 (A lesson of the subjunctive mood)

“I wish I were in London now.” How should we say this in Japanese? ロンドンに行けたらいいのに。 This directly means to go, not ‘be there.’ It can i...
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Apr 29, 2011 17:39 Japanese_language subjunctive_mood 「も」
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国境の長いトンネルを抜けると雪国であった。

The beginning of the novel 『雪国』 is as famous among the Japanese people as that of 『吾輩は猫である』. That of 『雪国』 is used as a good example to sh...
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Apr 29, 2011 12:12 Japanese_language English_language 主語
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The Anime "Moshi Dora" (もしドラ) Is Poor.

It is so slow that I can’t bear to watch it. It’s more like most Japanese TV dramas, than anime. Note: Moshi Dora is “What If a Femal...
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Apr 28, 2011 23:10 anime
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Two Guinness records; one is a comedy and the other was a tragedy.

Today’s newspaper reported about a TV talk show that entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest number of episodes by t...
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Apr 27, 2011 23:29 Japan
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Today’s Highlights in NHK Evening News

NHK especially played up on two bits of news. One was that the Emperor and the Empress first visited the stricken area. They went to Mina...
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Apr 27, 2011 19:31 Japan earthquake 地震
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[Q] Does “After I looked into finding an answer, I found one.” sound childish?

How should I express the following events in the following time flow in English? Please help me. I looked into finding an answer. I fou...
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Apr 26, 2011 13:33 Japanese_language English_language tense 「~して…する」
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若冲ミラクルワールド (Jakuchu Miracle World) and its anime

Jakuchu Miracle World is now airing on NHK. His pictures are wonderful. Also, NHK’s next generation high definition TV is outstanding. Mo...
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Apr 25, 2011 22:31 Japan anime arts
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Why is Mickey Mouse kicked from behind?

Mickey Mouse in Hong Kong Disneyland is known in Japan as a creature in trying times which is often kicked from behind. The reason for th...
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Apr 25, 2011 18:58
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“Heaven Can Wait” (天国は待ってくれる) in 1943 [Another lesson of くれる]

“Heaven Can Wait” is one of my favorite films and it is named in Japanese “天国は待ってくれる.” This translation sounds quite fine. Well, grammati...
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Apr 25, 2011 11:24 Japanese_language honorifics 「くれる」
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先生が「……」と言われました。 is often over polite.

先生が「……」と言われました。 If you write it on Lang-8, it is unnatural, though it is grammatically correct and polite (yet over polite). The reason ...
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Apr 24, 2011 13:14 Japanese_language honorifics
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Wind power can give 11% more electricity than nuclear power in Japan, but ...

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan released on April 21 a report about wind power generation in Japan. It showed its uneven distrib...
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Apr 23, 2011 16:21 Japan economics 原発
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Giraffes, elephants and zebras in the Fukushima Plant

I wrote before that workers in the Fukushima Plant were calling Putzmeisters pumping cars as giraffes. http://lang-8.com/satoshi/journals...
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Apr 22, 2011 22:54 Japan earthquake 地震 原発
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みんな、とても恥ずかしかったのです。 (about Japanese commas)

I came across an interesting example of comma usage. When your friends and you intended to give a gift to your teacher and they prepared...
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Apr 22, 2011 14:53 Japanese_language 「は」
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先生は許しました。/ 先生は許してくれました。

I again came across an interesting example of くれる. See the previous: http://lang-8.com/satoshi/journals/894276/ When you were late fo...
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Apr 22, 2011 12:32 Japanese_language honorifics くれる
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~だったので / ~なので ……しました。

If you want to write this in Japanese: Since he was my roommate, I drew a picture on his face secretly while he was sleeping. 彼が寝ている間...
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Apr 21, 2011 22:51 Japanese_language
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Today’s Funny Question in Beijing

Today, the Japanese government explained about the Fukushima incident in Beijing for businesspersons and the media. A person is said to h...
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Apr 21, 2011 20:47 China politics economics