Thank you. I will remember that when I write my next doctor thesis in japanese.
doitsu is much kawaii.
I always had a bit japanophilia going, but never enough to actually tackle learning the language. Well when I stay o. tank net you are going to rub off on me.
a japanese exchange student explained to me that maga are much better in japanese original because they play with the writing all the time. Like an old guy only talking in kanji, because he was so old fashioned and such. And a wild mix across all three (well four if you count latin alphabet, romaji) is often used as well. Carrying meaning.
I read that famous Musashi was born as Takezo and he started to read his name backwards. Is that true?
Musashi, you got me on something I don't know that I probably should know. Well granted there's a lot to know about any country so I'll claim innocent for being unable to answer your question. Although a quick look at his wiki, and seeing he was a samurai in the 1600s, it wouldn't surprise me. People back then changed their name many times.
I'd have to agree with the exchange student that you have exchanged words with. The way of using one's language as part of the communication experience can't be translated. And yeah, romaji adds a 4th alphabet.
I have been a bit of a Japanophile myself before embarking on actually learning the language. Something resonates. It's hard to clarify the origin of it. But strange enough, my Japanese learning was actually born out of my own initiative to learn Korean. After about 2-3 months of studying Korean. The Korean learning took a back seat to the Japanese learning although the Korean learning was never abandoned and I still study it.
The one regrettable thing to my focus on East Asia, and consequently, putting time into learning those languages, is that it puts German learning on the side. My junior high school and high school only offered Spanish, Italian, and French. If there was German, I would have done that hands down. I took Spanish and wasn't motivated at the time which was a waste. Today I could have made much better use out of the time in those Spanish classes. But anyway, I try to squeeze in German once in a while, and little by little, it'll develop, just that the piecemeal activity needs a long enough timescale. TN helps with that