Yet another internet-famous kitten has been found on Twitter! A Japanese Twitter account @mhiro_2009 started posting updates on the progress of a newborn kitten’s weight. She was born in late May, introduced to the world by Momiji, the mom cat. She’s a beautiful kitten first of all, but adding to that, the way she gets her weight measured is just adorable.
Happy Friday! Christmas is coming soon, so I’m going to do holiday-themed bentos until Christmas Day!
Here is a cute little bento of Korilakkuma in appropriate Christmas outfit.
I love that fur hood around Korilakkuma’s face!
The little golden bell made of a half-cut corn kernel gives a nice jingly touch to it ^_^
Have a great weekend!
Today’s Word is: Saba (鯖)
If you like eating sushi, you probably already know that “saba” means mackerel.
However, on web, it could mean something other than that tasty fish.
In this case, the word saba is used to mean “an internet server.”
Why? It’s simply because saba sounds like “server” to Japanese people. In Japanese language, often times the “v” sound is pronounced as “b,” like Volleyball pronounced as baréball, and Violin as baiorin. The correct pronunciation of a “server” in Japanese is “sābā (サーバー)” with prolonged a’s, but people got lazy and started calling it just “saba (鯖/さば)” in informal conversations.
So when people say saba-ochi (鯖落ち/さばおち), it means a server is down, it does not mean dropping a mackerel!
Image source: Sakana Zukan
At the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, Kawasaki revealed its new three-wheeled concept vehicle Kawasaki J, and it just looks absolutely gorgeous.
Today’s Word is: Bangya (バンギャ)
Bangya is short for band gyaru. It refers to a group of young girls who are fans of Japan’s visual kei bands (For definition of visual kei, see here). The word “gyaru” is originally derived from English word “girl,” but the general connotation today is girls who dress up in flamboyant, eccentric ways. The origin of the word bangya is unknown, but it appeared in media in early 2000′s.
Female fans who are too old to be considered girls anymore are sometimes called obangya, a combination of “oba” (old lady) and “bangya.”
Image source: Qetic
Today’s Word is: Naruto (なると)
I received a question the other day asking what this is called in Japanese.
This is narutomaki, or simply a naruto.
Narutomaki is cured fish surimi (ground fish paste) reshaped into solid cake, with texture similar to that of imitation crab. You see these in a lot of Japanese ramen and soup dishes.
When you look at each slice of naruto, it has that distinct pink spiral pattern. Since this spiral looks like Naruto whirlpool, which is a common phenomenon seen in Naruto Strait, the name narutomaki was given to this food. (maki means a roll)
It gives a nice color to otherwise monotonous dish like ramen!
Long anticipated 1/1-scale Sailor Moon Crescent Moon Wand from Bandai’s new toy line PROPRICA is finally available for preorders! Make an order today, get it shipped in April, 2014!
Today’s Word is: Gacha (ガチャ)
Gacha is a type of online game monetization model where end users purchase virtual items from online games, but they don’t know what they will be getting until they’ve paid. This system is similar to old-fashioned capsule toys from vending machines. As long as players pay the fee, they are guaranteed to get something out of it regardless of what the resulting item is. In Japan, capsule toys are called Gachapon, hence the shortened word “Gacha” is used to describe this new virtual/online item sale system.
Puzzle & Dragon is a good example of games that incorporated gacha system. In this game, you battle against your enemies by solving puzzles. Certain combinations in the puzzles allow monsters you own to attack enemies. In order to get more powerful monsters, you have to pay money through its gacha system. (There are other ways to get new monsters too, if you are willing to invest your time in finding them rather than spending money)
Although there are similarities between old-fashioned gachapon toys and online gacha game, a significant difference is that the latter one does not actually provide tangible, physical items. The value of the items only last as long as the game services are still in business and functioning.
120-year-old jewelry maker MIKIMOTO is producing a new collection of jewelry in collaboration with Hello Kitty, who celebrates her 40th anniversary next year. The following two are just a few examples from the collection.