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2 Oct


Grade Level: 1
JLPT Level: 4

Frequency: 22

Bushu (Radical) Info:
見 (みる)
see

Henshall Mnemonic:
bending down to look closely with seeing eye
Stroke Order Diagram (SOD): 7 Strokes



Click the image above to re-display this Kanji On-Yomi Reading(s):
ケン
Kun-Yomi Reading(s):
み.る
み.える
み.せる
English Meaning(s):
see
hopes
chances
idea
opinion
look at
visible

Popular words and/or phrases using this kanji:
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よそ見   [よそみ]
(n,vs) looking away; looking aside [K] [D] 意見   [いけん]
(n) opinion; view [K] [D] 一見   [いっけん]
(adv,n,vs) (1) look; glimpse; glance; (2) (adv) apparently; seemingly; (3) first meeting [K] [D] 下見   [したみ]
(n) preview; preliminary inspection; siding (on a house) [K] [D] 花見   [はなみ]
(n,vs) cherry blossom viewing; flower viewing [K] [D] 会見   [かいけん]
(n) interview; audience [K] [D] 外見   [がいけん]
(n) outward appearance [K] [D] 垣間見る   [かいまみる]
(v1) to take a peep at; to catch a glimpse of [K] [D] 顔見知り   [かおみしり]
(n) acquaintance [K] [D] 形見   [かたみ]
(n) memento; souvenir [K] [D] 月見   [つきみ]
(n) viewing the moon [K] [D] 見え   [みえ]
(n) show; display; appearance; vanity; charm; attraction [K] [D] 見える   [みえる]
(v1) to be seen; to be in sight; to look; to seem; to appear [K] [D] 見え隠れ   [みえがくれ]
(n,vs) appearing and disappearing [K] [D] 見す見す   [みすみす]
(adv) (uk) before one\'s own eyes; from under one\'s very nose [K] [D] 見ず知らず   [みずしらず]
(adj-no,exp,n) strange [K] [D] 見せびらかす   [みせびらかす]
(v5s) to show off; to flaunt [K] [D] 見せる   [みせる]
(v1) to show; to display [K] [D] 見せ掛け   [みせかけ]
(n) seeming; pose [K] [D] 見せ場   [みせば]
(n) highlight scene (of play) [K] [D] 見た目   [みため]
(n) appearance [K] [D] 見っともない   [みっともない]
(uk) shameful; indecent [K] [D] 見つかる   [みつかる]
(v5r) (uk) to be found; to be discovered [K] [D] 見つける   [みつける]
(v1) to be familiar; to discover; to find fault; to detect; to find out; to locate [K] [D] 見つめる   [みつめる]
(v1) (uk) to stare at; to gaze at; to look hard at; to watch intently; to fix one\'s eyes on [K] [D] 見どころ   [みどころ]
(n) highlight; promise [K] [D] 見なす   [みなす]
(v5s) to consider as; to regard [K] [D] 見る   [みる]
(v1) (1) to see; to watch; (2) (as an auxiliary verb) to try [K] [D] 見る見る   [みるみる]
(adv) very fast; in a twinkle [K] [D] 見違える   [みちがえる]
(v1) to be beyond recognition; to be quite a difference [K] [D] 見下ろす   [みおろす]
(v5s) to overlook; to command a view of; to look down on something [K] [D] 見過ごす   [みすごす]
(v5s) to let go by; to let pass; to overlook; to miss [K] [D] 見解   [けんかい]
(n) opinion; point of view [K] [D] 見覚え   [みおぼえ]
(n) remembrance; recollection; recognition [K] [D] 見学   [けんがく]
(n,vs) inspection; study by observation; field trip [K] [D] 見掛け   [みかけ]
(n) outward appearance [K] [D] 見慣れる   [みなれる]
(v1) to become used to seeing; to be familiar with [K] [D] 見詰める   [みつめる]
(v1) (uk) to stare at; to gaze at; to look hard at; to watch intently; to fix one\'s eyes on [K] [D] 見極める   [みきわめる]
(v1) to see through; to probe; to make sure of [K] [D] 見苦しい   [みぐるしい]
(adj) unsightly; ugly [K] [D] 見限る   [みかぎる]
(v5r) to give up; to turn one\'s back; to abandon [K] [D] 見合い   [みあい]
(n) formal marriage interview [K] [D] 見合わせる   [みあわせる]
(v1) to exchange glances; to postpone; to suspend operations; to refrain from performing an action [K] [D] 見惚れる   [みとれる]
(v1) to be fascinated (by); to watch something in fascination; to be charmed [K] [D] 見込み   [みこみ]
(n) forecast; prospects; expectation; hope [K] [D] 見込む   [みこむ]
(v5m) to anticipate; to estimate [K] [D] 見窄らしい   [みすぼらしい]
(adj) shabby; seedy [K] [D] 見事   [みごと]
(adj-na,n) splendid; magnificent; beautiful; admirable [K] [D] 見識   [けんしき]
(n) views; opinion; discernment; pride; self-respect [K] [D] 見失う   [みうしなう]
(v5u) to lose sight of; to miss [K] [D] 見捨てる   [みすてる]
(v1) to abandon; to fail; to desert [K] [D] 見守る   [みまもる]
(v5r) to watch over; to watch attentively [K] [D] 見受ける   [みうける]
(v1) to catch sight of; to see; to suppose [K] [D] 見習い   [みならい]
(n) learn by observation; apprentice [K] [D] 見習う   [みならう]
(v5u) to follow another\'s example [K] [D] 見出し   [みだし]
(n) heading; caption; subtitle; index [K] [D] 見出す   [みいだす]
(v5s) to find out; to discover [K] [D] 見所   [みどころ]
(n) highlight; promise [K] [D] 見上げる   [みあげる]
(v1) to look up at; to raise one\'s eyes; to admire [K] [D] 見晴らし   [みはらし]
(n) view [K] [D] 見晴らす   [みはらす]
(v5s) to command a view [K] [D] 見積もり   [みつもり]
(n) estimation; quotation [K] [D] 見積り   [みつもり]
(n) estimation; quotation [K] [D] 見切り   [みきり]
(n) abandon; forsake [K] [D] 見切り発車   [みきりはっしゃ]
starting a train before all the passengers are on board; making a snap decision; starting an action without considering objections to it any longer [K] [D] 見送り   [みおくり]
(n) seeing one off; farewell; escort [K] [D] 見送る   [みおくる]
(v5r) (1) to see off; to farewell; (2) to escort; (3) to let pass; to wait and see; (4) to let a pitch go by (baseball); to watch a batted ball go into the stands [K] [D] 見損なう   [みそこなう]
(v5u) to misjudge; to mistake; to miss seeing [K] [D] 見知らぬ   [みしらぬ]
(adj-pn,exp) unknown; unacquainted; strange [K] [D] 見地   [けんち]
(n) point of view [K] [D] 見張り   [みはり]
(n) watch-keeping; guard; lookout [K] [D] 見張る   [みはる]
(v5r) to watch; to (stand) guard; to look out; to open one\'s eyes wide [K] [D] 見直し   [みなおし]
(n) review; reconsideration [K] [D] 見直す   [みなおす]
(v5s) to look again; to get a better opinion of [K] [D] 見通し   [みとおし]
(n) perspective; unobstructed view; outlook; forecast; prospect; insight [K] [D] 見渡す   [みわたす]
(v5s) to look out over; to survey (scene); to take an extensive view of [K] [D] 見当   [けんとう]
(n) be found; aim; mark; estimate; guess; approximation; direction [K] [D] 見当たらない   [みあたらない]
not be found [K] [D] 見当たる   [みあたる]
(v5r) to be found [K] [D] 見逃す   [みのがす]
(v5s) to miss; to overlook; to leave at large [K] [D] 見届ける   [みとどける]
(v1) to make sure of; to assure oneself of; to see with one\'s own eyes; to ascertain [K] [D] 見入る   [みいる]
(v5r) to gaze at; to fix one\'s eyes upon [K] [D] 見破る   [みやぶる]
(v5r) to see through another\'s thoughts; to have a sharp eye; to penetrate; to fathom [K] [D] 見比べる   [みくらべる]
(v1) to compare with the eye [K] [D] 見付かる   [みつかる]
(v5r) (uk) to be found; to be discovered [K] [D] 見付ける   [みつける]
(v1) to be familiar; to discover; to find fault; to detect; to find out; to locate [K] [D] 見舞   [みまい]
(n) enquiry; expression of sympathy; expression of concern [K] [D] 見舞い   [みまい]
(n) enquiry; expression of sympathy; expression of concern [K] [D] 見舞う   [みまう]
(v5u) to ask after (health); to visit [K] [D] 見物   [けんぶつ]
(n,vs) sightseeing [K] [D] 見物人   [けんぶつにん]
(n) spectator; sightseer; onlookers [K] [D] 見分け   [みわけ]
(n) distinction [K] [D] 見分ける   [みわける]
(v1) (1) to distinguish; to recognize; to tell apart; to differentiate (both figuratively and visually); (2) to identify (whether an object is positive or negative in some aspect); to know the difference between something of superior and inferior quality (on sight or figuratively) [K] [D] 見聞   [けんぶん]
(n,vs) information; observation [K] [D] 見返す   [みかえす]
(v5s) to look (stare) back at; to triumph over [K] [D] 見返り   [みかえり]
(n) collateral [K] [D] 見放す   [みはなす]
(v5s) to desert; to abandon; to give up [K] [D] 見方   [みかた]
(n) viewpoint [K] [D] 見本   [みほん]
(n) sample [K] [D] 見本市   [みほんいち]
(n) trade fair [K] [D] 見落とす   [みおとす]
(v5s) to overlook; to fail to notice [K] [D] 見縊る   [みくびる]
(v5r) to underrate; to belittle; to look down on; to despise [K] [D] 後見   [こうけん]
(n) guardianship; guardian [K] [D] 高見   [こうけん]
(n) watching with detachment [K] [D] 私見   [しけん]
(n) personal opinion [K] [D] 所見   [しょけん]
(n) view; opinion [K] [D] 暑中見舞   [しょちゅうみまい]
summer greeting card [K] [D] 暑中見舞い   [しょちゅうみまい]
summer greeting card [K] [D] 少数意見   [しょうすういけん]
(n) minority opinion [K] [D] 人見知り   [ひとみしり]
(n) shyness [K] [D] 政見   [せいけん]
(n) political views [K] [D] 接見   [せっけん]
(n) interview [K] [D] 先見   [せんけん]
(n) foresight; anticipation [K] [D] 浅見   [せんけん]
(n) shallow view; superficial idea [K] [D] 二見   [ふたみ]
(adj-no) forked (road, river) [K] [D] 拝見   [はいけん]
(n,vs) (hum) (pol) seeing; look at [K] [D] 発見   [はっけん]
(n,vs) discovery; detection; finding [K] [D] 偏見   [へんけん]
(n) prejudice; narrow view [K] [D] 露見   [ろけん]
(n) discovery; detection; exposure [K] [D] 脇見   [わきみ]
(n,vs) looking from the side; looking aside [K] [D] The sofware code used to make this page uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University, and are used in conformance with the Group\'s licence.

The SOD image used on this page is from the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary and the Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary (see http://www.kanji.org), and is used with the kind permission of Mr. Jack Halpern. This image must not be copied or used elsewhere without Mr Halpern\'s permission. Use of this image without permission is a violation of copyright laws.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/edict_doc.html#IREF05
2 Oct


Grade Level: 8
JLPT Level: 1

Frequency: 778

Bushu (Radical) Info:
山 (やま)
mountain

Stroke Order Diagram (SOD): 11 Strokes



Click the image above to re-display this Kanji On-Yomi Reading(s):
ホウ
Kun-Yomi Reading(s):
くず.れる
-くず.れ
くず.す
English Meaning(s):
crumble
die
demolish
level

Popular words and/or phrases using this kanji:
Click any individual kanji to view it in a new window. Click the [K] after each definition to look up that character at WWWJDIC; Click the [D] to look up that word in WWWJDIC (the definition is the same but other features exist, like sample usage, variations of the word, etc.)
山崩れ   [やまくずれ]
(n) landslide [K] [D] 切り崩す   [きりくずす]
(v5s) (1) to level (earth); to cut through (a mountain); (2) to split (the opposition); to break (strike) [K] [D] 雪崩   [なだれ]
(n) avalanche [K] [D] 崩し書き   [くずしがき]
(n) cursive style of writing or calligraphy [K] [D] 崩す   [くずす]
(v5s) to destroy; to pull down; to make change (money) [K] [D] 崩れ   [くずれ]
(n) crumbling; collapse; ruin [K] [D] 崩れる   [くずれる]
(v1) to collapse; to crumble [K] [D] 崩壊   [ほうかい]
(n,vs) collapse; decay (physics); crumbling; breaking down; caving in [K] [D] 崩落   [ほうらく]
(n,vs) collapse; break; cave-in; crash; (market) decline [K] [D] The sofware code used to make this page uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University, and are used in conformance with the Group\'s licence.

The SOD image used on this page is from the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary and the Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary (see http://www.kanji.org), and is used with the kind permission of Mr. Jack Halpern. This image must not be copied or used elsewhere without Mr Halpern\'s permission. Use of this image without permission is a violation of copyright laws.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/edict_doc.html#IREF05
1 Oct
Hello Listener, So much has happened this past September! Firstly, you helped us reach 300 million lesson downloads. This massive number starts from our inception back in 2005 and is a huge milestone. It means the lessons work and it motivates us to keep going. So, thank you for downloading, for learning and for [...]
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9 Mar

A documentary I coordinated and helped to film on Hashima Island (Gunkanjima) is airing on Sunday Night, an Australian television show, March 9th 2014 as we speak. Reporter PJ Madam shows us Japan’s ‘Ghost Island‘. The best source I have found so far to watch the video online is this one by movingentity: If that’s […]

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26 Oct
Nosogoshi!  

Violist Nicholas Cords likes his Japanese soba noodles on the quiet side.

On public radio today, there was a segment on a woman who went to Japan to learn the craft of soba-making, only to return to the United States to find it difficult to locate suitable soba wheat.  In explaining the ideal soba, she used the term "nodogoshi" which is the noun form of "smooth-tasting."  It is usually used to describe beer, and Kirin has used it extensively in advertising.

喉越し【のどごし】 (n) (often of beer) feeling of food or drink going down one's throat; drinkability; the quality of being smooth-tasting

喉越しの良い【のどごしのいい】 (exp,adj-i) (esp. of beer) going down smoothly; tasting good going down; smooth-tasting

Radio Segment:

http://pri.org/stories/2013-10-25/george-washington-ate-soba-noodles-and-la-woman-believes-you-should-too
9 Mar

Changes on the horizon for the YouTube channel, and for us in general.

Back to Japan, back to work, and back to the kind of focus on building something that I haven't had the need for in about a year.

So in that spirit, I'm stubbornly persisting in my "America's Best Japanese Teacher" series, in the hopes that one day it'll pay off. I upped the editing ante for the bulk of this one. Trying to get a handle on Final Cut Pro. Advice always appreciated.





Here's what's up with teh jokes this time around:

It's a Q and A session (Get it? Cause "nine" is "kyuu" and "rays" are "eis?" GET IT?????)

and the questions are all invented. The first one asks why Japanese people use the expression "18-ban" to talk about either something they've cooked, or a song that they sing. It actually means that the dish or the song is their specialty, and there's a really interesting origin for this that we posted about a long long time ago. Check the excerpt, and if you want to, the full original post.

The predominant theory is that this expression comes from kabuki theater, way back in the day (early 1800s) when kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII selected the 18 kabuki plays that he believed to be the best representations of the aragoto style of kabuki. The kabuki plays that are still performed today are taken from these 18. It took me a while to figure out why, of the 18, the 18th was considered the best. But then I realized that the phrase doesn't have to translate as "the eighteenth." It might just be "the eighteen." So when you say your 十八番、 you're not neccesarily identifying the 18th in a series, you're just referencing the idea of the best selection.
In the video, I'm being an idiot and taking it upon myself to decide that this means they're ranking themselves out of 100, and Japanese people, being big into humility ("Allow me to introduce my homely wife and my dumb-ass son.") would never dare to rank themselves any higher than 18.

The biggest joke here is suggesting that you respond to this by saying "It's not actually bad," which would be okay to say if someone WAS really being humble. If you said that to someone who was offering you their "specialty," on the other hand, they would probably NOT きっと喜ぶ*.


In Question #2, I'm asked to explain the word "幼なじみ" (osananajimi) in relation to a picture of two older gentlemen. The word means "a long time friend." Someone you were close with since you were 幼い (osanai)、which means "very young." However, since both gentleman in this picture could be identified, unflatteringly, as "おっさん" (ossan; rude for "old man"), Bobby-Sensei explains that the asker is mistaken the word is actually "おっさんの馴染み," (ossan no najimi) closeness between old men.


And finally a question perfectly matched to this brand of Japanese teaching: It asks about how "Japanese people often use the expression "その場だけの関係 (sono ba dake no kankei)." This refers to a romantic/sexual relationship that is limited to a certain place or time. Like... summer camp. You met someone, you had a thing, but it was never going to be anything outside of the environment it was born in. But since the Japanese expression relies on geography "only at that place," the questioner has assumed that there is actually a place he can go to for such a relationship.

And instead of explaining his mistake, Bobby-Sensei tells him plainly: That place is Roppongi. Off you go."

The end.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on places I could take this series, and what, if anything, you get from it. How do you think Japanese people will take it? Would it be insulting, or funny, or not even enough of a joke?

*definitely be pleased.
7 May

For Golden Week, I took a trip to Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, & Kyoto w/ a friend visiting from the United States. While we were in Takayama, Laura & I stopped in a nice restaurant recommended by one of the locals. At one point, my friend wanted a taste of my apple cider drink. It was kind of frothy, so I stirred it a bit, and then took the long spoon out of the drink so it wouldn't poke her in the eye.

Apparently, I didn't stir it enough because she proceeded to use the opposite end of her used chopstick to stir the drink, rather than ask me for the long spoon. My first reaction was to shout something like ***GAAAAAH***, then I sputtered something like "what are you doing?!? the spoon is right here! don't use your chopsticks for something like that...they're practically sacred!!" She didn't seem particularly fazed by it, and made it seem like I overreacted.

Well, maybe I did overreact, but it was a good exuse for me to do a little research into the terms used to describe the ways one can violate chopstick etiquette in Japan. If you ever commit a violation, it's good to know a few of these to have a conversation about chopstick-etiquette; my Japanese co-workers seemed to like trying to remember as many as they could.

Here are the ones I could find. I put a star next to the ones that seem to be the most common or at least widely recognized terms. (It seems that no one had even contemplated my friend's particular violation, so maybe I should invent a new one: 混ぜ箸 maze-bashi ("stirring chopsticks"). Otherwise, it's probably a combination of (3), (5) and (13).)

*(1) 迷い箸(惑い端) mayoi-bashi ("wavering chopsticks")
口に運ぶ料理に迷い、箸先を料理に向けて迷い動かすこと。
being indecisive about bringing food to one's mouth, that is, moving the tips of one's chopsticks over different plates before deciding which to choose

(2) 移り箸 utsuri-bashi ("transfering-chopsticks")
ある料理に箸を付けたり、付けようとしたにもかかわらず、気が変わり他の料理へ箸を移すこと。
in spite of having touched food with one's chopsticks, changing one's mind and moving the chopsticks toward another dish.
also defined as: helping oneself to two side dishes successively (instead of eating rice in between)

(3) 涙箸 namida-bashi ("teardrop-chopsticks")
汁物料理の汁を箸先から落としながら食べること。
dripping liquid (soup, sauce, etc.) from the tips of one's chopsticks

*(4) 突き箸 tsuki-bashi or 刺し箸 sashi-bashi ("penetration/stabbing-chopsticks")
料理に箸を突き刺して食べること。
stabbing food with one's chopsticks

*(5) 探り箸 saguri-bashi ("searching-chopsticks")
汁物料理の御椀の中で箸を使い、かき回して具を探すこと。
using one's chopsticks to find a food one likes by rummaging in one's dish, pot, etc.

(6) 寄せ箸 yose-bashi ("drawing near-chopsticks")
遠くの食器を取る際に箸を使い手元に引き寄せること。
using one's chopsticks to draw a bowl closer

(7) 空箸 sora-bashi ("empty-chopsticks")
一度、箸を付けた料理を食べずに戻すこと。
touching food with one's chopsticks, then removing the chopsticks without having taken the food

(8) 重ね箸 kasane-bashi ("pile-chopsticks")
同じ料理ばかりを食べ続けること。
continuing to eat the same dish, i.e., not alternating between types of dishes

(9) 椀ぎ箸 mogi-bashi ("tearing off-chopsticks")
箸先についた料理を口でもぎ取ること。
using chopsticks to tear food away from one's mouth

(10) 持ち箸 mochi-bashi ("holding-chopsticks")
片手で箸を持ちながら器を持つこと。
taking hold of something (e.g., a bowl) while simultaneously holding one's chopsticks

*(11) 指し箸 sashi-bashi ("pointing-chopsticks")
箸で人や物を指すこと。
pointing at something with one's chopsticks

*(12) 渡し箸 watashi-bashi ("traversing-chopsticks")
箸休めの際、箸置きを使わずに食器の上に箸を置くこと。
resting one's chopsticks across the top of one's bowl, like a bridge

(13) 洗い箸 arai-bashi ("washing-chopsticks")
汁物料理に箸を入れ、洗うこと。
sticking one's chopsticks into broth, etc., to clean them off

*(14) 舐り箸 neburi-bashi ("licking-chopsticks")
箸をなめること。
licking one's chopsticks

(15) 噛み箸 kami-bashi ("biting-chopsticks")
箸を噛むこと
biting one's chopsticks

(16) 掻き箸 kaki-bashi ("scooping-chopsticks")
料理を口に掻き込むこと。
shoveling food into one's mouth
(17) 握り箸 nigiri-bashi ("grasping-chopsticks")holding two sticks together as one would grasp a knife to attack *(18) 仏箸Hotoke-bashi ("Buddha-chopsticks")
standing chopsticks up in a ricebowl (resembling joss sticks) *(19) 箸渡しhashi-watashi ("chopstick-transfer")transfering food to another person's chopsticks (apparently, the action is frowned upon because it resembles the rite of transfering a deceased family member's bones. Fair enough!)>>NB: Not to be confused with 橋渡し 【はしわたし】 (n,vs) bridge building; mediation; intermediary; through the good offices of, etc. Phew! That's a lot to remember! Did I miss any?
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