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Posted 12/2/14 , edited 12/6/14
As we learn the Japanese language, we become exposed to various aspects of the Japanese culture as well. So, I've decided to make a thread for those who have questions about various aspects of Japanese culture. So ask away and hopefully other members of this club can answer your questions!
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Posted 12/6/14
I often see this symbol in various manga. Right now, I'm reading a manga with you (Inu X Boku SS) and I've come across this symbol. Does anyone know what it represents? (Sorry for the poor quality picture--I screen captured it)
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Posted 12/26/14
Perhaps a variation of the mitsudomoe symbol? (三つ巴 )
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Posted 12/27/14
I'm with sushi here. By searching the web for a triple tomoe or trinity tomoe I seen a lot of images resembling it. Brief research it seems like that is what it represents.
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本当にありがとうございま〜I'm glad my question got answered! Thank you so much Sushi-san and Skyler-san! I'm glad to have such knowledgable members!
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Posted 1/16/15
Does anyone know how disability friendly Japanese cities are?
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Posted 1/16/15
Not sure, really. I've a Lonely Planet book that says, "Japan gets mixed marks in terms of ease of travel for those with disabilities. On the plus side, many new buildings in Japan have access ramps, traffic lights have speakers playing melodies when it is safe to cross, train platforms have raised dots and lines to provide guidance, and some ticket machines in Tokyo have Braille. Some attractions also offer free entry to disabled persons and one companion. One the negative side, many of Japan's cities are still rather difficult for disabled persons to negotiate, often due to the relative lack of normal footpaths on narrow streets."

I do remember on trains there are often a few seats reserved for either elderly or disabled folks (with signs clearly posted). The train stations in Tokyo can be quite a maze, with a sea of people going here and there. I'm pretty sure there were elevators and such too, though.
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Posted 1/17/15
That's good to know. I wondered about that.
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Posted 1/26/15
At the start of Soul Eater there is this quote which I really like.



健全なる 魂 は  (けんぜん なる たましい は)
健全なる 精神 と (けんぜん なる せいしん と)
健全なる 肉体 に 宿る (けんぜん なる にくたい に やどる)

A sound soul resides in a sound mind and a sound body.

What I've wondered for a while now is if this is a real Japanese aphorism or just something created for the manga? It sounds like something that would have originated from Buddhism.

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Posted 1/26/15
For whatever this is worth, plugging in the saying (in Japanese) into Google comes up with (beside multiple articles about Soul Eater) a Wikipedia article about the Roman poet Juvenal.

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A6%E3%82%A6%E3%82%A7%E3%83%8A%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B9

The Soul Eater phrase may be an adaptation of one of Juvenal's lines in his Satyrae/Satires? It's not an exact quote, but somewhat close.
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So *that's* why it sounded vaguely familiar! Thanks!

Here's an English link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens_sana_in_corpore_sano
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Posted 1/27/15
Interesting. I kind of wonder also why the English article doesn't mention the Soul Eater reference for the quote-- which is at least as obscure as some of the other references that are listed! (e.g. physical ed. school in Bangladesh)-- maybe because the quotation isn't exact or something.
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It probably is something like that. I also think the connection has been officially acknowledged. That might explain why it isn't in the Wiki article. Wiki editors can be very nit-picky.

Anyway, I think that's one of the reasons why this aphorism bugged me. It sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. So, I just assumed it came from Buddhism. It sort of had that "feel" to me. Regardless, once you pointed out Juvenal's quote then I could see the connection. I did some additional searching, but I've only found a few other people that have pointed out the same connection.
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Posted 1/28/15 , edited 1/28/15
Wow thanks for sharing the connection between the Soul Eater quote and that Roman poet. I feel like one can find lots of wisdom or "deep" quotes from manga. For instance, in the beginning of each Bleach novel, Tite Kubo, the mangaka, includes a short poem, some of which really make you think and appreciate their depth. Here's a link if you want to see some of the poems: http://explicates.livejournal.com/17371.html

Here's a screen capture of my favorite quote:


Although this isn't a particularly deep poem, I like the imagery it creates of we humans, who are unable to be like the flower, which grows out of the cliff upwards toward the sky. Plus Aizen, who this poem describes, is one of my favorite manga "antagonists".
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Posted 2/24/15
This is a Antique decorative ornament of the elliptical shape.
My friend asked me to translate the characters on this Egg (My Kanji is limited).
I think this is in Kyūjitai if I am not mistaken. (Any help would be nice)

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