Tag: Japanese Language

Atari – (当たり) Wacky Japanese Language Fact

Atari Logo and atari kanji

Atari is the infinitive form of the the verb ataru. Based on the “tou” Kanji (当,) which means “to hit.” Atari is written; 当り(in kanji) or あたり(in hiragana). I like to think that the Atari kanji had something to do with the design of the logo. The logo reflecting the 3 flowing lines, both vertical and…

Youme (You me?) department store, Beppu Japan

Youme Town Department Store, Beppu Japan

The Youme department store. Finally there’s a store for myself and anyone in my immediate vicinity. I thought that this would be a genius marketing strategy. You can have several other branch stores named “Us/Them” and “He/She”. My plan was immediately crushed after I heard the Japanese pronunciation for the store and realized they were…

Manga Kissaten Kanji (Nihongo Word Smash)

Manga Kissaten Sign

The manga kissaten is a place to read your favorite manga and have some coffee so that you can stay awake to read more manga. The “comic book coffee shop”, to use its direct translation, has evolved over the years into a kind of information convenient store. What I focus on here is the Nihongo…