Japan Visitor: What's happening in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Shimane Japan

Home    Japan Travel Guide     Tokyo Guide     Contact     Auction Service     Japan Shop

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Japanese Slang

流行語

For this week’s blog, a few more catchy terms that will probably draw blank or quizzical expressions – but may however endear you to a certain small sliver of the population.

ユニバレ (yunibare)

This combines “yuni”and “bare.” Yuni is the first bit of Uniqlo, the Japanese low-cost apparel company. Bare is from the Japanese very ばれる(bareru), which means to expose, become known. Thus, “yunibare” is when your friends or people around you realize you are wearing very inexpensive clothing.

おもてなし婚 (omotenashi kon)

“Omotenashi” is what restaurants, inns, and bars do – take care, welcome, please their clients. “Kon” is the second half of 結婚(けっこん、 wedding, marriage). Thus, “omotenashi kon” is a wedding that has pleasing the guests as its highest priority.

カレセン (karesen) refers to women in their mid- to late-30s who prefer men in their 50s or older. This is a play on words. かれ(kare, which means "he" or "him")can mean 彼(かれ、he)- which is used in 彼氏(kareshi, boyfriend)- or 枯れ (かれ、withered).

The second half is 専(sen), which means expert or specialist.

Last is slang based in Kanto, particularly in Shibuya: チョリース(chori-su). This is “hello,” “right, got it,” “I understand.”Allegedly, television talent Yukina Kinoshita was the originator of the term. From these humble beginnings, the term spread.

© Japan Visitor.com


Yahoo Japan Auction Service

Book a Japanese Hotel with Bookings

Tokyo Serviced Apartments

Japanese Friends

The Japanese Spa: A Guide to Japan's Finest Ryokan and Onsen

Tags

No comments: