I had a very cool conversation recently with a really nice young lady who works at Dairy Queen in Deer Park, just 20 minutes away from our home.
I don't want to have a 'swollen head'... in fact, the opposite is true - I'm beginning to get recognized more & more by strangers since getting this Kawaii365 project out there. And it makes me feel humble and full of gratitude 💓
Yesterday Rob & I stopped for lunch there, and when we had donated to the children's hospital via the Children's Miracle Network, I automatically wrote some kawaii stuff on the paper balloon.
When the super sweet girl came to our table moments later, she asked if I could speak Japanese, and that started a really nice discussion about going to Japan and seeing the Hello Kitty theme parks.
I've been pondering on her question about being able to speak Japanese - I know only a little, but alas there are others out there who would like to know even that. So here goes:
Konnichiwa - good day, hello.
Konbanwa - specifically, good evening.
Hajimemashite, dozo yoroshiku - "I am meeting you for the first time, I shall look forward to your kindness"
Kawaii - cute, 'glowing face' (which explains the rosy cheeks).
Domo, Domo Arigatou, Arigatou, etc. - various ways of saying thank you, depending on event.
Sayanora - goodbye; often informal.
Sumimasen - a formal 'sorry'. Also used for 'excuse me' in public.
Kudasai - common 'please'. Often used in context like 'please give me...'
Nyan - 'meow'
Neko - cat or kitty. 'Maneki Neko' is Lucky Cat.
Usagi - bunny - sooo cute!
Banzai! - A Japanese cheer, often said before drinking Sake (sah-kay).
Itadakimasho - "let's eat!"
-San - Adding this after someone's name (often surname) shows respect, like saying 'Mr.'
Chocolate (yes please!) - chokoreto.
Coffee Shop - Kohii Shoppu.
Dozo - "please, help yourself."
Matsuri - festivals (very popular, esp. in Harujuku and Tokyo).
Kigurumi - 'large wearable toy', often refers to adult onesies (like PJs). Love these!
Yukata - a light-weight, cotton robe (similar to a kimino in style, but way less fancy).
Hai - yes. The Japanese word for 'no' is iie, but they don't like to say it because it's considered rude. They are a very polite culture that would prefer not to rebut.
Hashi - chopsticks. Great for sushi! Or anything cooked in tempura (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Umami - a sort of savory, meaty flavor.
And Some vowel info for easier pronunciation when reading Romaji (Japanese in the Roman alphabet which is why it looks familiar):
There are no diphthongs in this language (yay!). That means each vowel can be pronounced independently for the most part. This means that:
A sounds like 'ah'
E sounds like 'eh'
I sounds like a long 'ee'
O sounds like 'oh'
and U sounds like 'oo'
So for example, using one of the above words, the word 'please' sounds like Koo-dah-sah-ee.
And when you have a moment - thank you for checking out the new line of cute animal characters inspired by this year-long blog project - Zoo'd Blog
Thank you for reading,
have a great day!