hybrid Japanese

Welcome to some moderately geeky reflections on Japanese. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m absolutely, completely fascinated by the differences between Japanese and English. I love how Japanese twists my brain into pretzels, and I love that manga, anime, and drama CD’s offer glimpses into the brain-twisting nature of Japanese. But today isn’t really a pretzel day. Today is pure play. adoption and…

what I learned: custom domains on WP + https = problem for readers

Do you have a custom WordPress domain (one without “wordpress” in it) or read blogs like that? This tidbit is for you: sometimes browsers claim that custom domain WordPress blog pages are unsafe even when they’re not. The crux of the matter is https. If an URL on your site starts with https instead of http, that powerful little “s” can send…

seduced by yaoi’s J-food (…and a quick recipe)

beloved foods of manga and anime… Watching boys grilling yakiniku at the table, munching on the mysterious “melon bread” (was it really melon-flavored?), joking about curry-flavored soda, how could I keep reading those scenes and not become curious about food in Japan? Driven by this curiosity, I gradually learned about Japanese foods, which quickly led to cooking them. Honestly, the ingredients, cooking techniques, kitchen toys, and…

the fujoshi disease

Isn’t shipping Legos is a bad sign? At a family gathering, the clan’s children were happily watching “The Lego Movie”. As an involuntary viewer, I, on the other hand, was discovering that I had underestimated my capacity for experiencing boredom. And then, when Good Cop/Bad Cop was onscreen (yes, his head spins around inside his helmet, and he…

fluent yaoi

New to BL? Well, you’ll be running into some odd slang, like seme, noncon, shipping, bara, animix, and shotacon. So I’ve put together a handy little guide to yaoi-speak — the jargon of yaoi: a guide to fujoshi slang. An experienced fujoshi/fudanshi? Won’t you visit the jargon of yaoi page, and let me know what terms I should add or where I’ve…