Language

Red Light "Stop", Blue Light "Go"?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

What color is the light in traffic signal below? In the US, it’s “green”. In Japan, it’s “blue”, or as the Japanese say, “ao”. Yes, it’s true. Here’s the story. In modern Japanese, there is a word for “green” (“midori”), however this is a relatively new term that has only been used since the Heian […]

McDonald’s in Japan

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Recognize the guy in the image below? Notice he’s promoting “Hello Kitty” products in a showcase. Here’s a hint – he’s the famous owner of a popular chain of fast-food restaurants. Think you know the answer? Guess again. His name isn’t “Ronald McDonald”. It’s “Donald McDonald”. That’s right. Our favorite burger-pushing celebrity has a different […]