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04 Dec

Katakana English: バイキング and Viking

  日本語はこちら。 Viking: Scandinavian seafaring raiders and traders, 8th-11th century バイキング (baikingu): all-you-can-eat, buffet Tetsuzo Inumaru was a Manager at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, when traveling through in Denmark in 1957, he first experienced Smörgåsbord. Smörgåsbord is a buffet style meal that become popular in the West in the late 30’s but was not known..

28 Nov

Katakana English: サイン and Sign

  サイン (sain): signature Sign: board with a notice, indication   The word サイン is believed to be taken from the phrase “sign here” where the verb was mistakenly interpreted as a noun. Handwritten signatures are a modern concept in Japan, therefore the lack of a native word resulted in the need to borrow from..

20 Nov

Katakana English: コンセント and Consent

  Consent: permission for something to happen or agreement to do something コンセント (konsento): electrical outlet The origin of the word コンセント is said to come from the English “concentric plug”; these types of plugs were in use during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and had concentric (round) contacts, as opposed to the pinned ones we..

13 Nov

Katakana English: マンション and Mansion

Mansion: a very large, impressive, or stately residence. マンション (manshon): an apartment building The term mansion block, from which Japanese has taken the word, was coined in the late 1800s in the UK and referred to blocks of apartments targeting the middle-class buyers. Townhouses had become hard to find and architects and developers needed to..