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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Japanese Language Trivia of the Day:

Hey guys. I'm a little too drunk and naked for a full yo-ji post today, but I appreciate what Brett's trying to do in terms of resuscitating the cite, so... I guess I can manage something.

What? You're not happy about my intoxication? Or my nudity? WHAT? WHY? 裸になって何が悪い?

That's right, I'm talking about 草薙剛's infamous bout of public drunkenness a few weeks ago. Or like a month ago. Man, it has been a while since we posted. Anyway, one of the things that was most amusing to me about the whole SMAP star fiasco was the level of media attention it garnered, despite being ten times tamer than your average company 飲み会. If I had 20¥ for every time some Japanese person I knew got naked and rowdy while drunk, I'd have like 60¥.

But at least the media was willing to acknowledge the fact that the only reason it was a big deal was because 草薙 was famous. And that's how I learned today's bit of trivia, which is as simple as it is amusing:

有名税
ゆうめいぜい
yuumeizei

Famous tax; (or more poetically) the price of fame.


If a salaryman had been stumbling around naked in the middle of the night, hollering for "Shingo," the police would've let him sleep it off, and sent him home. That would've been it. But the scandal, the loss of endorsements, the media frenzy that befell poor Kusanagi-san... hey, that's 有名税.

Also, as far as my answers to some of questions that have been posted in the comments:

Yes we know Lang-8 and love it. We've used it as a sounding board for some of our example sentences, mentioned it once or twice in posts, and we even have a Daily Yo-ji group on Lang-8 that's inching ever closer to 200 members strong!

I do want to take 1級 but I've set my sights on Summer 2010 for a few reasons. One is the same as Brett's: I'm extremely busy. But also, we just took 2級 last December, and even though we passed, it wasn't by much. Given the fact that there's a pretty big comprehension/kanji leap between 1 and 2, and the fact that the pass/fail percentage rises from 60 to 70%, I think I need a full year of study to be prepped. And since I haven't really STARTED studying... Summer 2009.

And thanks for the encouragement. We haven't given up our Japanese studies, or our interest in yo-jis. You can count on increased posting during down-times... like summer vacation.

7 comments:

the_greatest_pip said...

Sha-dizzang. I totally missed this post somehow. Guess I've been pretty busy, too.

I know how you feel about going from level one to level two. I passed level two in December 07 with a whopping score of 60.5%. Yes, I passed by guessing at least one answer correctly. So I didn't feel up to taking level one the next December. I just didn't study enough last year for that, but I don't want to put it off any longer, so I'm diving in and using the deadline as my motivation to study. Pass or fail, at least I will have studied and learned. Positive thinking (denial) FTW!

Well, I'll be looking forward to your frequent summer posts, and maybe I'll see you guys around Lang-8 in the mean time.

the_greatest_pip said...

I'm, wow dyslexic way.

Dan said...

I love this site. The articles always seem to be about something that's new to me (perhaps because I'm still a low level learner!)

I wonder if you'd be interested in doing a link exchange with a my blog:
How To Japan

Ashley said...

Has this blog stopped being updated? Just after I found it! Please keep updating!

the_greatest_pip said...

Hey guys. If I failed the JLPT earlier this month I'm going to blame it on your lack of posting. Just sayin'...

Defendership said...

D: !!!!

Just wanted to say A. Hope everybody who took the JLPT passed the hell out of it! B. We're still alive! and C. Thank you to everybody who is still hanging around despite our outrageous truancy! Will there be posts soon? I wish I could say :( until then, I just want to encourage people to subscribe through RSS or some other means so you know when we get back on track!

AzzidisRidden said...

Also D. You shouldn't blame it on our lack of posting, as much as you should blame it on the fact that we swiped your answer sheet after you turned it in, changed a bunch of the answers randomly, and then tore it in half...

If it was anything, it was probably that. :)

It's summer time. The likelihood of fresh posting increases.