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Tweet of the Week #36: Keep Calm and Curry On

Learn how to use ので in Japanese (and liven up your curry with this hilarious game.)

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If we were to ask you what comes to mind when thinking of Japanese food, curry would probably not be your first answer. At least not before sushi, ramen, udon or okonomiyaki—all very famous Japanese dishes known, and available, worldwide.

But the truth is curry and rice (カレーライス) is a dish so widely consumed by Japanese people that it’s actually considered a national specialty. You’ll find that there are countless recipes and regional variations, and tons of restaurants specializing in curry cuisine. Even your average fami-resu (family restaurant) or traditional kissaten (coffee shop) will probably have curry somewhere on the menu—people love it that much.

However, there is one thing that all Japanese curry dishes have in common: if curry was introduced via Indian cuisine, its Japanese adaptation is an entirely different dish. Japanese curry is typically sweet, thick and mild-tasting, and includes potatoes, carrots, onions, and meat all mixed in with what’s called a “curry roux,” a blend of spices that you add to make the sauce base of your curry.

Spicing things up

Dinner time, finally! But as you hurry home from work, you’re struck by the eternal I’mso-hungry-but-what-to-eat dilemma. Whether you cook your own meals (curry), like to Uber-eat (curry) or go to the (curry) place next door, there’s nothing like a busy life to sap all of your creativity when it comes to choosing a meal.

What if instead of racking your brain to come up with what food to eat, you played around with how you eat it? That’s exactly what Twitter user @ARuFa did when he decided to invent a game of chance to help him spice up his mealtimes.

最近さいきんカレーばっかりできてきたので、カレーを構成こうせいする『カレールー』『白米はくまい』『スプーン』の位置いち分量ぶんりょうをサイコロでめてべました

Recently I got fed up with only eating curry, so I came up with a new way to prepare it where I decide the placement and quantity of the curry (roux), the rice, and the spoon with dice.

Here’s the “board game” @ARuFa came up with:

位置 Place 分量 Quantity
さらひだり left side of the plate nothing
皿のみぎ right side of the plate ちょうすくなめ very small
hold in hand 少なめ small
ふつう regular
大盛おおも big
超大盛り very big

After the first two rolls of the dice, he’ll have only one option left which will be selected automatically. Thus:

消去法しょうきょほう確定かくてい = by process of elimination

He really thought of everything!

Game of Spoons

In the tweet, @ARuFa shows how the first throw of the dice told him what to do with the curry. In this case, it meant a very small quantity of curry on the right side of his plate.

The second throw was to decide what to do with the rice and things started to get weird. According to his rules, it meant that he had to hold in his hand a small quantity of rice.

Then, came the time to decide what to do with the spoon (yes, really) and, well, this ended up being their placement on the left side of the plate in a very big quantity… Yum.

Still, while his meal didn’t end up looking exactly edible, we like to think that the game was satisfying in its own way!

How to use ので in Japanese

The expression ので translates to “because,” “since,” and “so,” and has basically the same function as the particle から. However, ので sounds both softer and more formal, so you should prefer ので in a business setting. Also, ので explains a situation, while から explicitly gives causation.

Keep in mind that when combining ので with a noun or a na-adjective, you’ll have to add .

  • 明日あした試験しけんなので、はやめにます。= Since the test is tomorrow, I’ll go to sleep early.
  • 危険きけんなので、はいらないでください。= Please do not enter because it is dangerous.

Vocabulary

Japanese Romaji English
最近さいきん saikin recently
カレー karee curry
ばっかり bakkari only
きる akiru get tired of, fed up with
構成こうせいする kousei suru configure
カレールー karee ruu curry roux (curry)
白米はくまい hakumai white rice
スプーン supuun spoon
位置いち ichi place (placement)
分量ぶんりょう bunryou quantity
サイコロ saikoro dice
める kimeru decide
べる taberu eat
さら sara plate
ひだり hidari left
みぎ migi right
te hand
motsu hold
消去法しょうきょほう確定かくてい shiyoukyobou de kakutei by process of elimination

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