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The Secret of “Rilakkuma and Kaoru”

Did you watch the new show “Rilakkuma and Kaoru” on Netflix? It’s so cute! But I bet that many viewers, living outside of Japan, have no clue when it comes to understanding the culture and the history behind the show. So, KansaiChick is here for help! (*’▽’)/ What is Rilakkuma? The name “Rilakkuma” was born as the combination of 2 words “Relax” and “Kuma (It means Bear in Japanese)”. Yes, Rilakkuma is a relaxing bear. When this character appeared in the accessory industry in Japan long time ago, the one-picture-mascot accessory items were the main thing, And They explained a lot about him. Obviously the concept was “somebody is wearing …

Secrets of Rilakkuma and Kaoru

The Secret of One Punch Man: All Japanese People Notice

We are all waiting for the premiere of “One Punch Man Season 2”. But just in case you didn’t know let’s talk about the origin for the show. One Punch Man’s original Japanese title is ワンパンマン (wanpanman). “Wanpan” is  a shortened form of “One Punch” that Japanese people pronounce this English word. And there is one thing almost all Japanese people can notice about the title. When Japanese people hear the word “ワンパンマン (wanpanman)” for the first time, they doubt their ears. “Huh? Did you say Anpanman??” That’s how deeply seeded this is in Japanese pop culture. What is the Origin of One Punch Man? Yes, Anpanman was there first. Wanpanman (One Punch …

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Meanings of Kanji in the Burger Shop for “BORUTO”

Boruto loves burgers. We’ve seen that constantly since episode 1 of “BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS”. In the Boruto’s world, there is a famous burger shop “雷バーガー (Kaminari Burger)”. The kanji “雷 (kaminari)” means ”Thunder”. And I bet some viewers are already familiar with this one, because it is one of the Nin-jutsu element. You can see the lightning on the burger shop logo. Meanings of Kanji Decorations in the Burger Shop On the windows, we see the kanji “肉 (niku)” which means “Meat”. The author seems to like rectangle kanji tags and we see them everywhere in this show, and this restaurant has some too. There are on the partitions, …

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The True Meaning of “UA” High School for My Hero Academia

When I was watching “My Hero Academia(僕のヒーローアカデミア)”, I noticed one thing. The name of the special high school is “UA” and it’s everywhere in this show.  Even the gym uniform says UA…. However, outside of my home country Japan, how many viewers know why the school is named “UA”??? Why They Named the High School “UA” The answer is very simple. Because it is a school for Heroes! If you learn a little bit about Japanese Kanji, you’ll get it. The name “UA” is a simplified pronunciation “Yuu” and “Ei”. As you can see, when they write the school name in Kanji, it looks like this “雄英(yuuei)高等学校(koutougakkou: High School)”. And …

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Japanese Kanji Culture: The Secret of the Title “Haikyu!!”

I am a “Haikyu!!” fan! It’s a Japanese animation about a high school volleyball team. Let’s talk about some kanji stuff that I noticed. What is the Japanese Kanji Word “Haikyu”? The title of this show is after the word “排球(haikyuu)” and it’s Japanese name of volleyball.  But basically NOBODY call volleyball “haikyuu”. We call volleyball “バレーボール(bare-bo-ru)”. Did you notice the word “バレーボール” is not kanji? It is Japanese Katakana. In Japan we use the katakana script like this to adopt the word from foreign language and pronounce it as close as possible. However, some schools have a culture where they write everything in kanji. In that case, kanji version …

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Former 3 Navy Generals’ Funny Mottos in “One Piece”

In the popular Japanese animation “One Piece”, have you ever notice that there is a sign on the wall behind the desk in each naval officer’s room? Former 3 Navy Generals’ Motto of Justice Their is a motto of justice for each one that explains his or her character a lot. Here are some examples. Aokiji(青雉): だらけきった正義(darakekitta seigi: Totally Lazy Justice) Kizaru(黄猿): どっちつかずの正義(docchitsukazuno seigi: Indecisive Justice) Akainu(赤犬): 徹底的な正義(tetteitekina seigi: Thorough Justice) Aokiji’s motto of justice used to be “燃え上がる正義(moeagaru seigi: Burning Up Justice)” but he started questioning what is right justice, when he lost his best friend. Then he reached his new motto. Former 3 Navy Generals Name and “Momotaro” …

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How to keep supermarket sushi’s rice soft

Have you ever tried sushi at a supermarket outside of Japan? Unless it’s a country of full time fish eaters, it’s useless to complain about the quality of ingredients. But besides that, I am always frustrated with one thing. The rice is horribly HARD!! In this page, I will show you how to store sushi to keep the rice soft. Table of Contents What’s the correct temperature for sushi? How to store pre-made sushi How to revive the rice after too much refrigeration What’s the correct temperature for sushi? First of all, I need to make one point clear: Sushi is normally “room temperature” food! However, you find pre-made sushi …

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How to Compare Matcha Green Tea Powder

There are so many Matcha green tea powders on the market! Do you understand how to choose the right Matcha for you? Here are useful topics and information on how to compare Matcha products. Table of Contents the REAL definition of Matcha Is your Matcha real? the Only Ingredient of real Matcha Difference between Culinary Grade and Ceremonial Grade Matcha Taste Nutrients Price Package Color Texture the Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea  Effects of Theanine Effects of Catechin Related Videos  the REAL definition of Matcha Is your Matcha real? Do you truly know what Macha(抹茶) is? Is the Matcha in your hand REAL Matcha? …Maybe NOT! Shockingly, they say that …

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