GPod 4: Top 10 Japanese Buzzwords


On this show I am joined by Michael Gakuran, who runs the very popular Gakuranman website that documents unique cultural aspects of living in Japan. He has just released his list of Top 50 Japanese Buzzwords of 2013.

We didn’t have time to cover all 50 words in this podcast but Michael picked out this top ten favourites. Listen to the podcast to find out why these words made the list and check out Michael’s website for the full list of The Top 50 Japanese Buzzwords of 2013.

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Top 10 Japanese Buzzwords of 2013.

  • 弾丸登山 – bullet climb
  • バカッター – bakata
  • じぇじぇじぇ – jejeje
  • ブラック企業 – black corporation
  • 追い出し部屋 – purging room
  • ご当地キャラ – local characters
  • アベノミクス – Abenomics
  • ダイオウイカ – giant squid
  • おもてなし – omotenashi
  • ダークツーリズム – dark tourism

We also briefly touch on the unique pastime of urban exploration, known in Japanese as haikyo. I talk about the time the entire city of Bangkok seemed empty and Michael recalls his trip to Gunkanjima, also known as the James Bond island.

I would also like to introduce a new job training course for bilingual students who want to work for a Japanese company. Works Japan provides a free training course of anyone who wants to apply to work in a Japanese company.



Host of the Speak Up Asia podcast.

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