Swallow Service

I was on the train the other day, heading back from Odawara to Tokyo. It’s not too far, just long enough to drink two Chu-Hi, eat some cheese-tara and watch the rice fields and mountains transform into concrete and steel. After the second chu-hi I need a bio-break. I head out to the men’s room, … More Swallow Service

Akeome, Kotoyoro

In Japanese, they say “Akemashite Omedetougozaimasu Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu” for Happy New Year. Yes, it is quite a mouthful. Young people in the country think so, too. So they take the beginning sounds (which I have helpfully bolded for your benefit. I’m nice that way) of the main words and just say that. It’s … More Akeome, Kotoyoro